Flames release Lauri Korpikoski from his tryout

Ryan Pike
October 09 2016 10:32AM

The Calgary Flames roster is getting a little bit closer to its opening night form.

The club announced today that they've released Lauri Korpikoski from his professional tryout.

The move drops the Flames to 27 players: two goalies, nine defensemen and 16 forwards (including Ladislav Smid, Daniel Pribyl and the contract-less Johnny Gaudreau).

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How are the Flames looking cap-wise?

Ryan Pike
October 09 2016 09:00AM

The National Hockey League roster deadline is this coming Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. MT. At that time, teams must be both compliant with the league's roster requirements and with their salary cap requirements.

With a few days and a few decisions remaining, how are the Calgary Flames looking in respect to their cap compliance?

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Calgary Inferno set to defend Clarkson Cup; 2016-17 CWHL season begins

Ari Yanover
October 08 2016 04:00PM

It's October, and October means hockey.

The Hitmen's season is already underway. Soon, the Flames will be going, too. But tonight, hockey in Calgary belongs to a different team, as the 2015-16 Clarkson Cup champion Calgary Inferno officially kick off their 2016-17 season.

The season begins tonight, at 7:45 p.m. in Winsport's Markin MacPhail Centre, in the 'A' arena. Tickets are available for just $15.

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Preparing for life without Johnny Gaudreau

Ryan Pike
October 08 2016 03:00PM

For all of his faults, former Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley had a very astute assessment about worrying about players that are absent due to injury or other factors: you can only coach using the players you have available to you.

As of this writing, it is three days until the National Hockey League's opening roster deadline and four days until the opening night of the NHL calendar. Flames restricted free agent winger Johnny Gaudreau remains unsigned, meaning that unless circumstances change dramatically in short order the Flames will have to begin the season without their star sniper.

The message that permeated the on and off-ice activities at the Saddledome on Saturday morning was two-fold: the show must go on, and these guys can't get off to the dreadful October start that sunk them last season.

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The Flames make four more cuts

Ryan Pike
October 08 2016 11:07AM

After seven preseason games and just over three weeks of training camp, the Calgary Flames have whittled their camp roster of roughly 60 players way down. And while they weren't able to cut everybody, they certainly have cut a lot of them.

Headed to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat are Tyler Wotherspoon (who cleared waivers), David Rittich, Garnet Hathaway and Hunter Shinkaruk. Sticking around, for now, are Linden Vey (who also cleared waivers), and Nicklas Grossmann, Chris Higgins and Lauri Korpikoski, the last three on professional try-outs. 

The moves place the Flames roster at 28: two goalies, nine defensemen and 17 forwards, though that number includes injured players Ladislav Smid and Daniel Pribyl who will likely be declared non-roster on Tuesday when teams file their opening rosters with the league.

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