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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Bright Spots - Miikka Kiprusoff

Pat Steinberg
August 27 2010 08:29PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames 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)

Looking at more of the positives following a disappointing 2009-10 season for the Calgary Flames, you can't go very far without getting to Miikka Kiprusoff.  The 33 year old goaltender had one of his best seasons of his career, a season that can't be done justice solely by looking at statistics.

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Dynamic Duos

Pat Steinberg
August 23 2010 11:47AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Daymond Langkow #22 of the Calgary Flames celebrates with teammate Rene Bourque #17 after Langkow scored a third period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Staples Center on November 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Flames defeated the Kings 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Last season was an offensive nightmare for the Calgary Flames, we all know that.  Now that we look back on the season that was and get set for the upcoming campaign, we can delve a little further into who made eachother tick (and who didn't).  When doing some number crunching, two specific forward duo's ended up doing some pretty good work.

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Bright Spots - Rene Bourque

Pat Steinberg
August 21 2010 08:09PM

BUFFALO - NOVEMBER 13: Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames warms up before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on November 13, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

With all this not-so-positive talk over the last few days surrounding names like Tim Jackman and Alex Tanguay, it's probably time to look at something definitevely positive from last season.  Kent already put together a great analysis of Mark Giordano's breakout season, and now I'll look at the career season for Flames forward Rene Bourque.

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