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October 07 2016 05:00AM
Connor McDavid named Oilers Captain, the best Leafs jokes on the Internet, Canucks navigating potholes, Tkachuk has made the Flames for now, Red Wings have a new - MUST SEE goal celebration, Jets making the playoffs, the World Cup, Fantasy hockey, previewing every division in hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 06 2016 10:36PM
In the final game of the 2016-17 exhibition season for the Calgary Flames, roughly four or five jobs were up for grabs. With that in mind, Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan devised a roster of players on the cusp of grabbing a roster spot, probably with the hope that all of that desperation would elevate the team.
Without Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk and several others, the Flames lost handily by a 4-0 score in Vancouver to close out their preseason.
October 06 2016 03:30PM
In preseason last year, T.J. Brodie suffered a broken hand in the first game. His absence sent ripples throughout the entire Flames lineup, resulting in a disastrous October without one of their top defencemen that pretty much had them out of playoff contention immediately.
Brodie's preseason is over. Brodie is perfectly fine. This is excellent news: because while his goalscoring isn't as pronounced as some other defenders on the Flames, he's still one of the core members of this team, and a player Calgary will have a very difficult time finding success without.
October 06 2016 02:15PM
After yesterday’s craziness – everybody cleared, which means 30 NHL general managers are confident they have a better backup goalie than Reto Berra and a better seventh defenceman than Mark Barberio – today’s waiver wire is a little quieter. It is fairly rich in defencemen, though, including 346-game NHL veteran Clayton Stoner.
October 06 2016 01:11PM
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The Calgary Flames' opening night roster isn't decided - not quite yet. Their final preseason game is tonight, and the opening night roster is expected to be decided by Saturday.
We already know a bunch of guys who will be on the team for sure. Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau in extreme likelihood... and Matthew Tkachuk.
The Flames' sixth overall pick from this past June - the one with two goals in four preseason games - has made the team. For now, at least.
Tkachuk will start the season with the #Flames, according to Gulutzan. "You all know the magic number."— Aaron Vickers (@AAVickers) October 6, 2016