The Weekly Ignition: September 30, 2013

Ryan Pike
September 30 2013 08:16AM

 

 

The 2013-14 National Hockey League season officially kicks off tomorrow with three games and we here at FlamesNation are excited to bring you a full 82-game look at your Calgary Flames. In addition, we're rolling out some new-ish features here and there, beginning with the Weekly Ignition, a look every Monday at the week past and the week ahead for the Flames.

THE PRESS ROUND-UP

Here's a quick look at the handful of Flames-related pieces you should have read in the past week.
 

  • The Sun's Wes Gilbertson breaks down the crowded center-ice position following Colborne's arrival.
  • At the Flames site, Torie Peterson looks at the general approach the Flames are taking to the first year of the rebuild. Of note, you can watch the video of the much-discussed press scrum with Jay Feaster from Friday afternoon.

A LOOK BACK

The Flames finished off their pre-season with a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Monday and a 3-2 overtime loss to Phoenix on Wednesday. Following that, some cuts came down. Final roster moves to get the team down to its 23-man roster are expected later today.
 
The AHL's Abbotsford Heat began their camp and had a strong single pre-season appearance, beating the Utica Comets. As of this writing, everyone who was originally assigned to Abbotsford from Flames camp is still there, with the exception of James Martin, Andy Taranto and Zach Davies, who've been sent to Alaska (ECHL).
 
Roughly every junior player that's been sent back from Flames camp has had a good start to their season. Ryan Culkin was even named captain of the Quebec Remparts. Morgan Klimchuk, Coda Gordon, Keegan Kanzig, Brett Kulak and Emile Poirier are all alternate captains for their junior teams. (Bill Arnold of Boston College also wears the A.) There's probably something to say here about the Flames drafting kids with leadership abilities.

A LOOK AHEAD

Hockey, in roughly every shape and form, begins this week.
 
The Flames visit Washington on Thursday and Columbus on Friday before heading home to play Vancouver on Sunday night. We'll be all over the first full week of Flames hockey here at FN, so make sure to stop by.
 
In the minors, the Heat begin their regular season this Friday and Saturday on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado's AHL team. They don't play a home game until October 11 against Milwaukee. The ECHL's Alaska Aces begin their first year as a Flames affiliate on October 18.
 
The Canadian Hockey League has been underway for a few weeks, but the NCAA season gets things started this coming weekend. Of note, Flames sixth rounder Tim Harrison makes his college debut for Colgate against Ferris State on Saturday, while Boston College (Arnold and Gaudreau) plays an exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier on Sunday. Providence College (home to Jon Gillies and Mark Jankowski) opens things up on the 11th versus Minnesota State.

SUM IT UP

Strap yourselves in, folks, because the hockey season is about to get underway.

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#1 Craig
September 30 2013, 08:20AM
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I know here at Flamesnation we're already spoiled with information, but are we going to receive wekly updates on the prospects similar to last year?

Since we're in a rebuild there is still such an emphasis on our young prospects so it would be wonderful to see all of that in one convenient location (here).

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#2 Benny12
September 30 2013, 08:42AM
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Craig wrote:

I know here at Flamesnation we're already spoiled with information, but are we going to receive wekly updates on the prospects similar to last year?

Since we're in a rebuild there is still such an emphasis on our young prospects so it would be wonderful to see all of that in one convenient location (here).

Yep, a weekly prospects update would be great.

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#3 Danger
September 30 2013, 10:14AM
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Prospect updates are great and all, but I'm really looking for more flim-flammery and twaddle. Step it up, BoL!

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#4 Danger
September 30 2013, 10:16AM
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In all seriousness though, I do like the idea of this "Weekly Ignition" feature.

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#5 Kent Wilson
September 30 2013, 10:26AM
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@Craig

Ryan has assured me prospect updates will be a big part of the Weekly Ignition.

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#6 aloudoun
September 30 2013, 11:13AM
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IM SO EXCITED

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#7 seve927
September 30 2013, 11:15AM
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Craig wrote:

I know here at Flamesnation we're already spoiled with information, but are we going to receive wekly updates on the prospects similar to last year?

Since we're in a rebuild there is still such an emphasis on our young prospects so it would be wonderful to see all of that in one convenient location (here).

Prospect of the Week: Eric Roy with back to back 4 point weekends. Averaging 2 pts/game so far. Not bad for a 5th round pick.

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#8 aloudoun
September 30 2013, 12:06PM
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Looks like Horak and Berra are in Abbotsford.

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#9 everton fc
September 30 2013, 12:10PM
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aloudoun wrote:

Looks like Horak and Berra are in Abbotsford.

So Horak gets the call-up when Monahan returns to Ottawa.

If he returns...

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#10 Jeff Lebowski
September 30 2013, 12:11PM
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As a fan, this season is going to be great to watch unfold. For me, there are only positives.

Evaluation and trial of seemingly legitimate prospects. Continued development of the young established players and a style of play that I used to be envious of other teams employing.

If the results aren't there, it's good for rebuild. If the results are there (relatively speaking) then that will be great. The results matter line is great! Internal competition is going to make Calgary proud of this team, I think. Very proud.

Can't wait!

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#11 Craig
September 30 2013, 12:15PM
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I really want Horak to be on the big team. I hope he sticks after Monahan gets sent back down.

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#12 Baalzamon
September 30 2013, 03:31PM
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What the heck are they going to do at center? Backlund, Stajan, Monahan, Colborne. I don't see them starting Joe out on the fourth unit, but they might have to.

Just say no to Backlund on the wing.

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#13 MonsterPod
September 30 2013, 09:55PM
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Apparently Seiloff has been told he's graduating to the Pros, meaning the AHL with perhaps a few stints in the show even though he's eligible to go back to Junior. Anyone else think Monahan should be treated the same way? Already spent three years in Ottawa. Not sure there's much left for him to do there.

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