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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Best Case Scenario?

Pat Steinberg
July 30 2010 06:14PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Defenseman Ian White #3 of the Calgary Flames shoots the puck towards the goal 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)

It would probably be fair to say that an arbitration hearing is something you want to avoid if possible.  Numerous players have done so this offseason, and Ian White did the same this morning, signing a one year contract with the Calgary Flames worth $2,999,995.  So, the two sides avoid arbitration, which might end up being the best case for both sides.

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Midway Through

Pat Steinberg
July 28 2010 05:00PM


MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Tim Erixon of the Calgary Flames poses for a photo after he was selected #23 overall by the Flames during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)



Wednesday on ice sessions have wrapped up as Calgary Flames development camp continues at the Saddledome.  While it's tough to get an accurate read watching drills and power skating, the FlamesNation crew continues to post their observations.  I've got thoughts on Mitch Wahl, Greg Nemisz and Tim Erixon (pictured) after today's sessions.

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