Catching up with Brett Pollock

Ryan Pike
March 13 2016 10:00AM

Brett Pollock has played hockey for the majority of his life. He turns 20 on St. Patrick's Day. For the first time in his life, his hockey-playing will see him based out of somewhere other than the Edmonton area.

Prior to the National Hockey League trade deadline, Pollock was likely to begin his first professional training camp in Dallas, Texas. But following the events of Feb. 29, he'll instead be headed for training camp in a rather unexpected place: Calgary. He was traded along with Jyrki Jokipakka and a conditional second round pick in 2016 in exchange for Kris Russell.

Following the Edmonton Oil Kings' 4-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen, his first trip to his future hockey home since the trade, Pollock caught up with a few members of the local media.

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What's on Treliving's to-do list?

Ryan Pike
March 12 2016 12:00PM

We're in the waning days of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season. The playoffs aren't going to happen this season for this group, but the ongoing business of trying to improve the hockey club is still a top priority for general manager Brad Treliving.

As we're going to detail here, he's got a lot of work to do before the 2016-17 season commences.

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How did Kenny Agostino's NHL return go?

Ryan Pike
March 12 2016 10:00AM

After two seasons (and 117 games) in the American Hockey League, Kenny Agostino made his return to the National Hockey League last night as the Calgary Flames lost 4-1 to the Arizona Coyotes.

How was Agostino's performance in his first NHL contest since April 11, 2014?

It was okay.

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Report: Dennis Wideman Suspension Reduced To 10 Games

Ryan Pike
March 11 2016 12:02PM

The Dennis Wideman saga has finally ended, according to reports. And in keeping with this entire month-long process, it has ended in the most frustrating manner possible for everybody involved.

Multiple reports are indicating that independent arbitrator James Oldham has reduced Wideman's suspension from 20 games down to 10 games.

Once this decision becomes official and Wideman is declared "active," the Flames would have seven healthy defenders and be forced to either return Tyler Wotherspoon to the American Hockey League or burn off one of their two remaining post-deadline recalls to keep him on the roster.

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FGD #68: Home Ice Advantage - Welcoming The Wiley Coyotes

Ryan Pike
March 11 2016 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

Don't look now, but the "tanking" Calgary Flames have points in three consecutive games (2-0-1) and have been playing some damn good ice hockey since the trade deadline. Whether it's their true nature or just the pressure being off, but perhaps they're finally developing some habits that can be ported over to next season.

Regardless, they hope to finally get a win this season against the Arizona Coyotes tonight. By odd coincidence, they swept last season's series with the Coyotes. Life's strange like that. Anyway, Arizona was once in the Pacific Division lead but has quietly slid far, far down the standings. They might not get Auston Matthews, nor will they get a playoff spot.

The puck drops after 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Good seats, I'm told, are still available.

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