October 02 2014 09:52AM
1. Raphael Diaz's impending contract
As I write this on late Wednesday afternoon, Nolan Yonkman and Sheldon Brookbank have been released from their tryouts with the Flames. Makes sense to me. They're the latest in a string of veterans league-wide who were on such deals and have since received their walking papers. "Thanks for playing in those exhibition games so we met the NHL veteran minimums, now go on ahead and have a good career, somewhere else, please and thanks.
October 01 2014 11:49AM
The axe fell this morning at the Scotiabank Saddledome, with the Calgary Flames assigning a slew of bodies to the American Hockey League - or to purgatory, depending on if one had a contract. Headed to Adirondack are Sena Acolatse (pending waivers), Brett Kulak, Corban Knight, Max Reinhart and Bill Arnold. Headed to an abyss of contractual uncertainty are try-out players Sheldon Brookbank and Nolan Yonkman.
The Adirondack Flames play pre-season games on Friday and Saturday against Utica, so the guys who got sent down will get into game action almost right away.
Now that the Flames are down to a lean 33-man camp roster, the big question remains: who is left?
September 30 2014 10:15PM
(NOTE: Getty doesn't have any Flames photos of Hiller yet; let's all pretend that they do, 'kay?)
Heading into the 2014-15 campaign, I didn't know a heck of a lot about Jonas Hiller.
I knew he was Swiss. I knew he usually had sweet pads and a cool mask. But I didn't know much about his style. Turns out he's a pretty effective positional netminder who doesn't make a lot of big flashy saves, but also doesn't make a lot of big flashy mistakes. He was the difference-maker in Calgary's 2-0 pre-season victory at home this evening.
September 30 2014 11:51AM
We begin the next seven days with 40 players on the Calgary Flames active roster. By the end of, there will be just 23 and we'll be ready for the season's kick-off.
The beginning of the end of camp kicks off tonight with a return pre-season engagement between the Flames (3-2-0) and the Colorado Avalanche (0-4-1) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
September 29 2014 02:23PM
Last week's pair of games between Vancouver and Calgary were good times, as they provided a chance to see Sam Bennett against (mostly) NHL rosters and test his mettle. Additionally, the nice folks at Sportsnet televised the games, which also provided a nice chance to get a training camp edition of Scoring Chances going. (The Hockeyviille game was also televised, but there weren't any NHL reports - "real" stats reporting takes five guys and three computers, so I'm not shocked that the 900-seat arena in Sylvan Lake couldn't support it.)
Beware: Calgary iced a good roster against Vancouver's B-team at home, while Vancouver's A-listers faced Calgary's Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players at Rogers Arena.