Handicapping The Race for Blueline Jobs

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 09:00AM

It's an interesting time to be a blueliner in the Calgary Flames organization.

As expected, it doesn't sound like veteran Ladislav Smid will be cleared for the beginning of the season - as he's reportedly to miss all of the pre-season games. And as of a couple of days ago, T.J. Brodie had a broken bone in his right hand. So the Flames, who looked to be beginning the season with seven veteran defenders, might have as many as two jobs open for applications during training camp.

Let's take a look at the contenders for the open spots.

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Pre-Season Post-Game: Grand Theft Ortio

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 09:58PM

The Calgary Flames brought a mixed-bag of a roster to Denver for tonight's match-up with the Colorado Avalanche. It featured a bunch of forwards who'll be in the NHL, basically an AHL defense, and Joni Ortio in net.

If Ortio wants to be in the NHL this season, he sure did a good job making an impression on the coaching staff. He made 35 saves in a 1-0 Flames victory over the Avalanche.

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Many, Many Flames on WHL's Top 125 List

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 03:00PM

Our friends at the Western Hockey League are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this season, which kicks off tonight in Moose Jaw. As part of the festivities, the league is producing a count-down of the league's 50 best players - to be unveiled in January.

The precursor to their top 50 countdown was unveiled on Tuesday, and consisted of the initial "long-list" of 125 luminaries compiled by a panel of media and historians.

And as you'd expect, there's a ton of former Calgary Flames representation on that list.

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Pre-Season FGD: Mile High Tune-Up (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 01:00PM

After a couple days off, it's time for another pre-season match-up for the Calgary Flames.

For what's technically the third of eight exhibitions for the gentlemen in red, they head down to Denver to take on Patrick Roy's Colorado Avalanche. And given the recent injury news regarding T.J. Brodie, pay particular attention to the blueliners making the trip south.

The game goes at 7pm MT and you can hear it on Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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The Flames Organization, Sorted By Acquiring GM

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames added a player to the fold officially yesterday, signing Nick Schneider. That signing, and some discussions I've had during the pre-season, led me to this question:

How do the Flames current players fare when you look at which players were acquired by what general managers? (And when?)

With that in mind and for purely informational reasons, here's a listing of every player in the Flames organization under team control, sorted by the general manager that originally brought them into the organization.

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