Calgary Flames 2015-16 Season Preview: Great Expectations

Kent Wilson
October 07 2015 09:00AM

It wasn't supposed to be this way. 

This season was supposed to be one of modest expectations. One where the Flames, having bottomed out in the race for McDavid, began to take a few shaky steps back up the Western Conference ladder. A year where the org would still be considered sellers at the deadline, where the management would still be sorting through hopefuls and fringe NHLers. 

Instead, the cardiac kids defied prognosticators and analytics alike to emerge as the NHL's unlikeliest Cinderella story last year, held up by the magic of late period comebacks and OT heroics. 

The incredible outburst of unexpected success revived a flagging fanbase and restored some luster to the Flames franchise. The question is, can the Flames manage to build on their 2014-15 and become legitimate contenders?

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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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Flames Waive Byron and Raymond, Demote Granlund to AHL

Kent Wilson
October 05 2015 10:33AM

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The Flames have made a collection of moves this morning designed to get them down to the required 23-man roster. Actually, the waiving of Raymond and Byron goes a bit further than that, making these moves a little more interesting than your standard waiver day deadline stuff. 

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FN Mailbag - October 3, 2015

Kent Wilson
October 03 2015 05:38PM

Mailbag

Preseason is almost over for the Flames but there are still a lot of lingering roster questions. There is a traffic jam at the bottom end of Calgary's roster at every position you can name and the exhibition round didn't bring much clarity to the situation. 

Let's look at some of the hard decisions facing the club with some questions on goalies, waivers, grit and line combinations. 

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Flames Recall Morrison and Sieloff

Kent Wilson
September 30 2015 12:26PM

Only a few days after re-assigning them to the farm, Calgary has recalled defenders Kenny Morrison and Pat Sieloff. It's a somewhat curious reversal, so the question is...what's up?

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