The Flames Predictions Round-Up

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 02:20PM

The NHL season begins tomorrow. Excitement is at a high for those that follow the Calgary Flames, because they're coming off a rare season in which they wildly exceeded expectations.

We did our roundtable yesterday to share with you our thoughts. But we thought we'd collect some predictions from around the various mainstream (and alternative) media to see if anybody else agreed with us.

(Spoiler: yes, they mostly do.)

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@FlamesMOTB: How you can help FlamesNation in supporting Kids Up Front Calgary

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 01:47PM

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FlamesNation will be donating $25 for each Micheal Ferland hit in the upcoming season opener to Kids Up Front Calgary. Find out why below - and how you can help!

Tomorrow is a big day. It's the beginning of the hockey season as the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks. If there's one thing we love more at FlamesNation than hockey - and perhaps more than humbling Vancouver - it's sharing our love of hockey with others. That's where you come in, gang.

Our goal tomorrow is to enjoy a fine 60 minutes of the most perfect sport in the world (ice hockey), but also to raise some funds for a really deserving cause that does a great deal of good in the local Calgary area. We call it Flames Money on the Board.

So, tomorrow evening, as the Calgary Flames do battle with the dastardly Canucks, we hope you'll join us in raising some funds for Kids Up Front Calgary and enjoy the hockey game knowing you're also helping out some really deserving young people in your community.

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Sean Monahan Named Alternate Captain

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 12:41PM

The ascension of Sean Monahan continues.

After spending his first two seasons in the National Hockey League quietly becoming an offensive powerhouse and a quiet locker room leader, the Calgary Flames today announced that the centerman has been named an alternate captain.

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Montreal Claims Byron

Kent Wilson
October 06 2015 11:05AM

Word came down this morning that the Montreal Canadiens have claimed forward Paul Byron from waivers. The 26 year old RW/C was set to earn just $900k this season.

It's a minor blow to the Flames depth to lose Byron. Though he's well known for getting - and missing - break aways, Byron was the ideal bottom-six player in many ways: he could play multiple positions, he was an excellent penalty killer and he could drive possession, even bad circumstances. 

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What is a successful season for the Flames?

October 06 2015 09:00AM

Not much was expected out of the 2014-15 season. It was the second year of a much overdue rebuild, and really, just about anything that came out of it would have been great. A high draft pick? Awesome, that would help the Flames' rebuild. A challenge for a playoff spot? Not bad, give the kids some confidence.

... An actual playoff spot? Winning a round? You really couldn't have asked more of the team. That wasn't just success, that was pure majesty.

Did it raise the stakes for this season, though? Or are the expectations for the still-rebuilding team the same as before?

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