October 07 2015 11:21PM
Well, that was disappointing.
After months of anticipation, particularly after the summer acquisitions of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik, Flames fans and media alike had tonight's season-opener circled on the calendar. Everyone wanted to see the new and improved Flames against the hated Vancouver Canucks.
Instead of looking new and improved, the Flames looked like they needed a few more days of practice. They skated to a lackllustre 5-1 loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome to kick off the 2015-16 regular season.
October 07 2015 04:00PM
The Calgary Flames have over four decades of franchise history, but this year's edition is a pretty young group - as you saw from the rundown of the roster last afternoon.
As such, there are a few milestones coming up this season for Flames players (and coaches), but don't expect too many of them to be amazingly lofty. For the most part, this is a group with a lot of tread left on the tires.
October 07 2015 12:00PM
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It's been a shorter summer than we're used to around here, but meaningful Calgary Flames hockey is finally back! Welcome to Game 1 of the 82-game 2015-16 regular season coverage here at FlamesNation!
Last season, the Flames did the unthinkable - winning enough games by hook or crook to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and beating the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs (in heart-breaking fashion) for the first time since 2004. Now, to kick off the new season, these two teams meet again. The Flames are basically the same bunch that went to the second round of the playoffs - albeit upgraded with Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik in the off-season. Vancouver? They're in the midst of a much-needed youth movement.
In other words: the 2015-16 Vancouver Canucks are the Flames of a couple of years ago. They might not be good this season, but they'll definitely be fun to watch - and they could be pretty damn good in a short while.
The puck drops on the 2015-16 season just after 8pm MT on Sportsnet's national feed (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson on the call), while your radio pals at Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias) have the audio for your listening pleasure. If you don't have tickets to the game, there's a big FREE shindig being put on by the NHL at Fort Calgary.
October 06 2015 06:57PM
The moves are all done and the 2015-16 Calgary Flames opening roster is official.
The club will open the season with 22 active players - 3 goalies, 6 defenders and 13 forwards - and 3 players on the injured list. (You get to fill the spots of the injured guys, but you don't get salary cap relief.) As of now, the Flames have a cap hit of around $69.7 million.
October 06 2015 02:20PM
The NHL season begins tomorrow. Excitement is at a high for those that follow the Calgary Flames, because they're coming off a rare season in which they wildly exceeded expectations.
We did our roundtable yesterday to share with you our thoughts. But we thought we'd collect some predictions from around the various mainstream (and alternative) media to see if anybody else agreed with us.
(Spoiler: yes, they mostly do.)