WCoH Postgame: The Kids Are Alright, Thump Finland 4-1 in Opener

Ryan Pike
September 19 2016 08:45AM

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When the World Cup of Hockey was announced immediately there were snickers and guffaws about Team North America, and doubts about their ability to hang with international hockey's big boys. When they had a few strong outings in the pre-tournament games against Europe, the doubters loudly expressed that their success was a mirage: caused by beating an inferior opponent in games that didn't matter.

When the "real" games begin, North America's in trouble, they said.

Whoops.

The Under-24 squad opened the round robin with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Finland, currently ranked 3rd in the hockey world by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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What happened with the cap overage and the Shane O'Brien buyout?

Ryan Pike
September 19 2016 08:00AM

The smoke has cleared and we know a little bit more about the Calgary Flames' 2016-17 cap situation than we knew a week ago. In short, it's not great, and there are two contributing reasons as to why: entry-level performance bonuses and the reported news that Shane O'Brien's June 30, 2014 buyout was an ordinary-course buyout (and not a compliance buyout) and thus counts against the cap.

Let's take a look at the specifics in turn.

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Johnny Gaudreau shows off a new trick at the World Cup of Hockey

Ryan Pike
September 18 2016 08:25PM

Despite not having an active National Hockey League contract with the Calgary Flames, Johnny Gaudreau is currently with Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Team North America followed the lead of Team Europe, thumping Finland in their opening match-up of the tournament. North America's second goal, scored by Gaudreau on a really neat tip-in play, needs to be seen to be really appreciated.

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WCOH Game 1: North America vs Finland

baggedmilk
September 18 2016 12:00PM

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My friends, the preliminary games are in the books and it's finally time for Team North America to get to work, and for our Nation-wide coverage to begin. The nice part about cheering for Team North America is that this team provides one of the few opportunities for Nation Network readers to come together and support the same team... well... unless you're a Canucks fan. Sorry, CanucksArmy. 

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Young Guns - Flames vs Oilers Impressions

Kent Wilson
September 18 2016 11:00AM

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I am fortunate enough to be in Penticton this weekend, so I will be providing some scouting notes for the games I am able to attend. Last night I was in the building for the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls.

Overall I thought the Calgary kids carried the balance of play at even strength and probably could have won the game but for a few key mistakes and questionable performances. Here are my thoughts on some of the individual performances from last night.

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