September 21 2015 12:00PM
The beginning of honest-to-goodness, actual National Hockey League hockey is here!
Well, it's pre-season hockey, but it's NHL-sanctioned hockey with NHL officials with NHL rinks.
The 2015-16 pre-season begins today for the Calgary Flames, and they're kicking it off in a way that's become a bit of a tradition: a pair of split squad games with the Edmonton Oilers - one in Calgary at 7pm MT, one in Edmonton at 7pm MT.
The Calgary game is broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and has a video webcast on the Flames site, while the Flames site will also offer a broadcast of the game in Edmonton.
September 20 2015 03:52PM
A bit of news broken today by our colleague Pat Steinberg, via his Twitter.
In addition to Aaron Johnson's PTO with the #Flames, he's also signed to an AHL deal in Stockton this year.— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) September 20, 2015
Johnson is in town on a professional try-out (PTO), but apparently he has inked a fall-back deal that will see him stick with the organization regardless.
September 20 2015 02:29PM
As the club prepares for a pair of pre-season contests tomorrow, the Calgary Flames has made a handful of roster moves. None of them are particularly astounding.
The team announced that they have assigned 2015 picks Pavel Karnaukhov and Riley Bruce back to their junior teams, so they're going back to Calgary (WHL) and North Bay (OHL) respectively. They've also released Mason Marchment, Tysoni Baillie and Taylor Burke back to their junior clubs.
September 20 2015 12:00PM
Folks, the pre-season schedule kicks off tomorrow in the National Hockey League. The Calgary Flames play two simultaneous games with the Edmonton Oilers. One is at 7pm MT at the Scotiabank Saddledome in palatial Calgary. The other is also at 7pm MT, but it's at Rexall Place in
Dumpsville, er, Edmonton.
One challenge for the coaching staffs of both clubs: balancing the roster rules that are in place during the pre-season. Each team has to dress eight veterans for each game, and what constitutes a veteran is strictly and specifically defined by the CBA.
Here are the players that qualify as "veterans" on the Flames this pre-season based on the letter of the law.
September 20 2015 08:29AM
(editor's note: Hudler's scrimmaging today and I love this photo, so it's relevant!)
It's the final day of full-scale practicing and scrimmaging at Winsport before the Calgary Flames begin the 2015-16 pre-season schedule on Monday night.
So prepare for the final preparations and the final line-up tinkerings as we prepare for tomorrow night.
Group C (McCrimmon) scrimmages with Group A (McDonald) today at 10am! Group C also practices at 9am, Group A practices at 11am, and Group B practices at noon and will get their turn at the longer (about 90 minute) off-day practice.
Here's who's scrimmaging today!