Day 1 Training Camp Update

Pat Steinberg
September 18 2010 12:27PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Niklas Hagman #11 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Training camp is officially underway at the Saddledome with on ice sessions starting Saturday morning.  Group A skated in the early session and consisted of mostly veterans with a few prospects mixed in.  The second group was the opposite with most prospects and a few vets sprinkled in.

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The Time is Now

Pat Steinberg
September 17 2010 07:15PM

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 24: 26th overall pick Leland Irving (C) of the Calgary Flames poses with team personal during the 2006 NHL Draft held at General Motors Place on June 24, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

It's not understating it to say Flames prospect goalies Leland Irving and Matt Keetley are both entering the most important season of their young pro careers.  A consistent and positive year for either or both players would obviously raise their stock within the organization.  However, another campaign similar to last year will bring them to a crossroads with the only pro organization they've ever known.  For both tenders, now is the time to impress.

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A Good Spot for TJ Brodie

Pat Steinberg
September 15 2010 04:57PM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 21:  114th overall pick, T.J. Brodie of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 21, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames prospect getting the most buzz coming out of Vancouver's Young Stars tournament seems to be blueliner TJ Brodie.  The 2008 fourth round draft pick has shown an impressive skill set in two games so far, and has done a nice job building on the mild buzz he garnered after a nice OHL season with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts.  But with a glut of defenceman already signed by the Calgary Flames, his chances of cracking the big roster are slim.  And that's a good thing as he continues to develop.

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Oilers and Flames Tonight...Minus 3

Pat Steinberg
September 14 2010 01:14PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Taylor Hall, drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers play tonight in Penticton as part of Vancouver's Young Stars Tournament.  However, the Oilers will be sitting three of the highest profile players at the tournament, as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will not play.

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Optimistic Approach

Pat Steinberg
September 11 2010 02:03AM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 6: Rene Bourque (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Stajan #18 against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of NHL action on April 6, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

As the Calgary Flames prepare for training camp, there seems to be one common theme we're hearing from the team as they've all now arrived in the city.  Whether it be individuals looking to bounce back from down years or whether guys are looking at it from a team standpoint, everyone is looking at the 2010-11 campgain as a chance at redemption.  That optimistic approach will be the theme around the Flames to start the season, but eventually it has to turn into results.

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