On the Mend

Pat Steinberg
August 16 2010 07:17PM

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Daymond Langkow #22 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 14,2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Flames won 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

It was one of the scariest moments I can remember watching hockey.  Flames forward Daymond Langkow suffered a neck injury on a seemingly innocent looking play early in the second period of a game in Minnesota on March 21st.  The immediate good news was delivered shortly after Langkow left the ice, in that he was moving around.  However, the injury would end Langkow's season, and it has put in doubt his return to start the upcoming season.  But from who I've talked to over the last few weeks, things seem to be looking up, which is only good news for the Flames.

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Flames Sign Conroy

Pat Steinberg
August 11 2010 03:00PM

DALLAS - NOVEMBER 04:  Center Craig Conroy #24 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on November 4, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames have signed free agent forward Craig Conroy to a one year, two way contract, basically ensuring Conroy will get to 1000 games in a Flames uniform.  The deal is for the league minimum salary, and with what he brings on and off the ice, there is little downside to it.

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Vesa's Gone?

Pat Steinberg
August 09 2010 05:52PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Goalie Vesa Toskala #35 of the Calgary Flames stops Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks while on a breakaway during the second period of NHL action on March 14, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

We all knew Vesa Toskala wouldn't be a member of the Calgary Flames for this upcoming season, as GM Darryl Sutter said as much following the season.  However, it now seems Vesa won't find employment period in the NHL, as various reports have him bolting for the Swedish Elite League.

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Outdoor Implications?

Pat Steinberg
August 05 2010 12:41AM

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - AUGUST 4: Steve Staios of the Calgary Flames puts on his jersey at the NHL Heritage Classic Press Conference at McMahon Stadium on August 4, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

So, the NHL unveiled their plans for the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, an event we will get into later on this week at FlamesNation.  The Calgary Flames used Curtis Glencross, Cory Sarich and Steve Staios as their faces at McMahon, which I thought was slightly amusing.  Two of those names (Staios and Sarich) have been extremely popular names this summer when it comes to where the Flames could trim salary...maybe it is wishful thinking?

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Final Thoughts from D-Camp

Pat Steinberg
July 31 2010 07:41PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Center Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames wins a face off against Richard Park #10 of 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)

A week of Calgary Flames development camp has come to an end, and for all us hockey junkies starved for the sound of skate blades hitting the ice, it was a pretty darn good week.  While it was tough to get any accurate reads on where exactly the players are at this point, it was still fun to watch and make some observations.

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