Flames Assign Andrew Mangiapane To OHL

Ryan Pike
September 22 2015 05:36PM

He had a good showing, but it was not meant to be - at least this season. Despite a pretty good showing in Penticton and a decent training camp with the NHL group, 19-year-old winger Andrew Mangiapane has been returned to the OHL's Barrie Colts.

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2015-16 Reasonable Expectations: Mikael Backlund

Ryan Pike
September 22 2015 03:00PM

It's no secret that we're fans of Mikael Backlund around these parts. And it's not without good reason.

Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames way back in 2007, Mikael Backlund was a promising young center from Sweden that the club hoped would come over to North America and contribute. While he hasn't really emerged as a goal-scorer to a large degree at the National Hockey League level, Backlund has quietly become a really important player to the Flames success.

Eight years after he was originally drafted, Mikael Backlund is what he is at this point. But what he is, is a pretty useful hockey player.

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The Cap, Waivers, and the Defenseman Shuffle

Ryan Pike
September 22 2015 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames are in good shape defensively heading into the 2015-16 season.

They have a roster full of established National Hockey League defenders, with seven players on one-way deals - though Ladislav Smid will likely be on the non-roster injured list for the first part of the season.

But looking ahead, the Flames have a few tough decisions to make on their back-end.

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Pre-Season Post-Game: Flames Extinguished (Twice)

Ryan Pike
September 21 2015 09:48PM

It was a tale of two cities on Monday night, as the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers did battle in both cities in split squad action. What resulted was more or less what you would expect from a pair of contests with players playing high-level hockey against actual opposition for the first time in several months.

It was choppy. It was occasionally dull. But it was hockey, so it wasn't really all that bad.

In terms of results: the Flames lost both games - 4-2 in Edmonton and 3-1 in Calgary. Both games were determined by late third period goals (and an empty-netter).

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Managing Expectations for Morgan Klimchuk

Ryan Pike
September 21 2015 03:00PM

We're going to be talking about expectations a lot this year, I think. Expectations can hurt or help, both on a team-wide or individual level. While the Calgary Flames will be dealing with raised expectations following their impressive 2014-15 season, they'll be doing their best to keep things as tempered as possible for one of their more promising draft picks.

While he might have been toiling around outside the spotlight for the past couple seasons - with players like Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett cracking the NHL roster - keep an eye on 2013 first round pick Morgan Klimchuk as he embarks upon his first professional campaign.

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