September 20 2015 08:29AM
(editor's note: Hudler's scrimmaging today and I love this photo, so it's relevant!)
It's the final day of full-scale practicing and scrimmaging at Winsport before the Calgary Flames begin the 2015-16 pre-season schedule on Monday night.
So prepare for the final preparations and the final line-up tinkerings as we prepare for tomorrow night.
Group C (McCrimmon) scrimmages with Group A (McDonald) today at 10am! Group C also practices at 9am, Group A practices at 11am, and Group B practices at noon and will get their turn at the longer (about 90 minute) off-day practice.
Here's who's scrimmaging today!
September 19 2015 02:34PM
There wasn't any big news in Calgary today, as the Calgary Flames continued to prepare for the 2015-16 season with a scrimmage and a few practices.
But following today's on-ice activities, Flames head coach Bob Hartley shared some information about Ladislav Smid and Paul Byron in regards to their progression. Basically: they won't be on-ice with the three practice groups until after Monday's pre-season openers in Calgary and Edmonton.
September 19 2015 12:00PM
For whatever reason, the narrative that Deryk Engelland was "really good" after Mark Giordano got injured last year has taken root in various areas of the Flames fanbase and mainstream media. I don't know if it's because the expectations were really low for Engelland and therefore anything not resembling total, team-wide disaster in Giordano's absence would be considered a success, but the reality is, it's just not true.
My guess is the correlation of the Flames winning down the stretch with Engelland in a top 4 role is what has given rise to this perception. Unfortunately, the Flames won in spite of Engelland's promotion up the depth chart, not because of it.
Let's be clear: the Brodie and Engelland pairing got annihilated last year.
September 19 2015 08:00AM
It's the second day of main camp!
For those of you wanting to head down, Group B (Nieuwendyk) scrimmages with Group C (McCrimmon) at 10am! Get down early, because space is limited.
Group B also practices at 9am, while Group C practices after the scrimmage at 11am. Group A practices at noon, after the two scrimmage groups.
Here's who's scrimmaging today:
September 18 2015 05:19PM
Aside from the usual discussions of lines and pairings on the first day of training camp, it was a rather light news day. Word from Winsport is that Jonas Hiller and Garnet Hathaway were absent with the flu bug that's going around, while Jon Gillies was also absent.
Well, he might have a concussion, stemming from a goal-mouth collision in the second period of Wednesday's 5-1 win over the University of Calgary Dinos.