Looking into the Flames' new penalty kill

October 14 2016 09:00AM

One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.

On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.

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The Roundup

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October 14 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Where have all the prospects been assigned?

Ryan Pike
October 13 2016 04:00PM

The Calgary Flames have begun their 2016-17 National Hockey League season and, thus, training camp is now completely over and done with.

But the Flames had many, many players at their various camps. Where have they gone? What did the Flames do with all of them? In the interest of providing the handful of Austin Carroll super-fans out there with some knowledge about where players like him have gone, here's our handy snapshot of which Flames prospects have been assigned to which teams.

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The Flames defence, version 2.0: Let's try this again

Ari Yanover
October 13 2016 02:00PM

Ever since Glen Gulutzan unveiled his defensive lineup for the Flames' first game of the season, it's been quite the discussion point. Before the game was played many were questioning it, while others wanted to wait and see where it went. When the game was played, it was bemoaned. After the game, it was bemoaned further still.

It looks like it didn't take too long for the lineup to change, though. Because it's been such a key part of the start to this season, let's talk about it.

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Why the Flames signed Nicklas Grossmann

Christian Roatis
October 13 2016 11:39AM

The only thing that made less sense than starting Nicklas Grossmann in the Calgary Flames’ first game of the regular season in Edmonton last night was signing the brick-footed defenceman altogether.

But, as Brad Treliving explained hours after inking Grossmann on Tuesday, there was a definite method to his madness. Ladislav Smid won’t play for the Calgary Flames this season, but they’re still on the hook for his $4 million salary and $3.5 million cap hit. On the surface, there’s a simple solution to this: throw him on long term injured reserve and redeem the $3.5 million in cap space to spend on a new shiny toy!

Not so fast.

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