Realistic Expectations: TJ Brodie

Ari Yanover
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.

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Highlights from the waiver wire, 10/6/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
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.

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Matthew Tkachuk has made the Flames - for now

Ari Yanover
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.

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Preseason FGD: One last (exhibition) ride (8pm, SN360)

Ryan Pike
October 06 2016 12:06PM

In every life, there are beginnings and endings. While the preseason schedule usually begins with excitement and wonder, as we're seeing the first semi-meaningful hockey in months and months, it usually ends with the same general summation: thank goodness it's over.

The Calgary Flames suit up for their seventh (and final) exhibition contest of the 2016-17 preseason tonight in Vancouver, where they face the Canucks. The game signals the end of a schedule of practice games that were dominated by three things: strong impressions by Matthew Tkachuk, bemusement at the glut of bottom-six forwards in camp, and anxiety over Johnny Gaudreau's contract status.

Unlikely last night's barn-burner between the Flames and Arizona, tonight's game is televised. It's on Sportsnet 360 with the Canucks broadcast crew, or you can join Wills, Loubardias and Steinberg on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Puck drop is just after 8pm.

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Breaking Down Summer 2016: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
October 06 2016 12:00PM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.  

For the first time ever, the Atlantic Division is The Battle of Florida. 

Much to the surprise of everybody who knows what hockey is, the Florida Panthers finished the 2015-16 as the Atlantic champs. And now, after an excellent offseason, it looks like they aren't just going to be an anomaly, they're going to be there to stay. The Lightning also managed to do the impossible and extend the Steven Stamkos era in Tampa, but  they still aren't safe from difficult cap decisions. 

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