The Flames Cuts and Starting Roster

Christian Roatis
October 01 2013 08:54AM


Max Reinhart
- pic via Jason Kurylo


The Calgary Flames announced their final 23 man roster Monday, sending four more to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

The 31 players cut over the past few weeks will either head to Abbotsford for the beginning of training camp there, or return to their respective CHL junior clubs for the balance of that season. So what lays ahead for these 34 young men as their NHL dream is - for now - postponed?

We'll also look at the Flames starting roster and discuss the potential line combos to open the season.

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NHL 14 Review And Flames Player Rankings

Christian Roatis
September 13 2013 08:28AM



EA Sports released the latest edition of their popular NHL video game series to much anticipation Tuesday and I managed to beat the rush and get my hands on a copy.
This year's version of the game came with just as many promises as its predecessors did and in the past, fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths (and lighter wallets).

"All they did was add a few players and make some roster moves" was a common phrase spat by dissatisfied costumers the last few years and it seems that EA was listening, because when they announced some of the new features, it looked like they were actually changing a good chunk of the game. Hitting, Fighting and Dangling were all to be redesigned and "Be a Pro" mode was getting a facelift, renamed "Live the Life". But could they really deliver on such hefty promises?

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Reflections From Canada's Olympic Camp

Christian Roatis
August 28 2013 08:38PM



This article was orginally published at the Sporting News

When Team Canada's management group, coaching staff and 45 players got together for the first time on Sunday, there was a game plan of sorts set up for the following days that consisted mainly of implementing systems and familiarizing the players with not only the bigger ice surface, but each other as well.

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Team Canada Goes Dry land on Day 2

Christian Roatis
August 27 2013 11:23AM



(This article was originally published at The Sporting News )

It became clear early on in the day just how Hockey Canada planned to substitute the lack of an on ice component at this years three day Olympic Orientation Camp in Calgary.

"I thought it was pretty cool" said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. "I know we weren't on the ice but I think a lot was accomplished here today and I know all the guys had fun here and it's very clear now with how the coaches want us to play in Sochi"

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Count Down to Sochi Begins

Christian Roatis
August 26 2013 11:18AM



(Christian is attending Olympic orientation camp this week and will be providing us occassional insights and updates. A version of this article was originally published at The Sporting News .)

Hockey Canada kicked off their three day Orientation Camp in Calgary on Sunday in anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with an introductory press conference and Q&A session with the media.

The management team (consisting of Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Oilers President Kevin Lowe, Hockey Canada President/CEO Bob Nicholson and Hockey Canada Vice-President of Hockey Opertations Brad Pascall), the coaching staff (made up of Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock, Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff) as well as five players (Sidney Crosby, Roberto Luongo, Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron and Rick Nash) stopped in and answered questions regarding the Olympic games and this camp in particular.

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