September 17 2016 12:17AM
Big save from Jon Gillies on Kyle Connor pic.twitter.com/qXTn7ALkRr— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) September 17, 2016
For hotshot Calgary Flames goaltender Jon Gillies, Friday night's 4-1 Flames win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Penticton Young Stars Tournament was just about getting his head and his body back into it. Talking to him after the game though, it seemed that what he was most excited about wasn't the victory, or the fact that he'd performed well in his first game of the 2016 calendar year.
“I made a standing breakaway save!” Gillies exclaimed, basically unprompted, post-game.
If Gillies' standing save was a throwback, it was an oddly appropriate one for his first game back from hip impingement surgery.
September 16 2016 09:19PM
Welcome back to hockey! Well, it's meaningless hockey, but it's meaningless hockey you care about.
Tonight, the Flames kicked off the Young Stars tournament in Penticton with a dominant and chippy 4-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. It marked the unofficial debut of 2016 Draft prize Matthew Tkachuk. The picture above should give you a good hint of what he did tonight.
September 16 2016 02:15PM
The 2015-16 season was a big disappointment for the Calgary Flames. Their goaltending was lousy. T.J. Brodie missed a chunk of the season. Dennis Wideman decked a linesman. Jiri Hudler wasn't very good. The goaltending was lousy. (Did I mention the goaltending?)
The pain of 2015-16 will continue to be felt in 2016-17, folks: because of performance bonuses pushing them over the cap last season, the Flames will face a salary cap penalty of $630,500 for this season, according to a report from Cap Friendly.
And the reported reason for the cap penalty is rather surprising.
The Calgary #Flames have any overage penalty of $630,500 against their salary cap for 2016-17, with 7 players hitting bonuses last season.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 16, 2016
Major factor in CGY's overage penalty: compliance buyout in 2014 of Shane O'Brien was actually a regular buyout: https://t.co/Z0K0JNXKQ6— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 16, 2016
September 16 2016 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames have had a long summer. After making it all the way to the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs to cap off a whirlwind season, the club came crashing back down to Earth and they've had a long time to ponder what went wrong.
It's been 160 days since the Flames played an organized hockey game. Their road to potential redemption begins tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia, as they suit up for the annual Young Stars Classic Tournament.
Their opponents to kick off the event? The scrappy Winnipeg Jets, who are also coming off a disappointing 2015-16 season that saw them miss the playoffs. For a view from the other side, wander over to JetsNation.ca!
The puck drops on the 2016-17 (pre-pre-)season at 5pm MT and you can catch the action streamed live on the Flames site (or listen on Sportsnet 960 The Fan).
September 16 2016 10:00AM
It's that time of year again. Top prospects from the Calgary Flames, along with their Western Canadian counterparts, have descended upon Penticton, British Columbus for the 2016 Young Stars Classic. This event serves as the official kickoff to the season and has also been a nice springboard for a number of players in recent years.
The Flames are bringing one of the better and more intriguing crews to the South Okanagan this year, and I've got my top five names to keep an eye on.