Flames 2014-15 Season Preview: Pouring the Foundation

Kent Wilson
October 07 2014 08:30AM

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I am currently in the middle of building a new home. We're at the beginning stage, as pictured above, and it struck me recently just how apt an analogy it is for where the Flames are in their rebuilding efforts.

The first step is to dig a big hole in the dirt. Then, you pour the foundation. If that all goes well, you backfill, frame and finish the structure. Unless, of course, you're the Edmonton Oilers. Then your build goes something like this:

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2014-15 Season Preview Roundtable

Ryan Pike
October 06 2014 09:18AM

The 35th season of Calgary Flames hockey begins on Wednesday evening with a contest between the Flames and the Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome! After five years outside of the playoffs, the Flames have a new general manager in Brad Treliving and hope to gradually pull themselves out of the muck and progress their rebuild. Odds are they're looking at their sixth year on the outside of the post-season.

As part of our preview coverage this week (and to re-use my favourite image on the site), it's time to convene another FlamesNation RoundTable. In this edition, join Kent Wilson, Rex Libris, Byron Bader, the Book of Loob, Justin Azevedo, Taylor McKee and myself as we discuss what exactly we expect from the 2014-15 edition of the Flames. Add your take in the comments!

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The Nation Minute

Nation World HQ
October 06 2014 06:30AM

 

The Nation Network is proud to introduce the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL every Monday morning. With the season drawing closer we take a gander at achievable milestones this year. Enjoy!

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Cuts, Injuries and Chances

Ryan Pike
October 05 2014 01:21PM

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The Flames made some roster moves today, and we have scoring chance and zone entry data for last night's game in Winnipeg.

Long story short: we're almost at the final 23-man roster based on injuries and roster assignments.

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Post-Game: Out-Matched In the 'Peg

Ryan Pike
October 05 2014 12:41AM

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The Calgary Flames came into Winnipeg on Saturday night without much in the way of general motivation for the final game of the pre-season. They already had a guarantee of a winning record, by virtue of Thursday's win against the Jets in Calgary. A few veterans were getting their first taste of pre-season action, but outside of getting a few guys some reps and shaking out the cobwebs, the general hope was likely "Please God, don't let anybody else get injured."

The 2014-15 Calgary Flames, you see, will likely not have a lot of depth in terms of scoring, so likely they just wanted to get to October 8 against Vancouver in one piece.

They dropped a 4-1 decision to the Jets at MTS Center, and now regroup back in Calgary before unveiling their roster on Tuesday.

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