October 07 2016 02:00PM
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When the Calgary Flames signed Troy Brouwer, the intention was obvious: acquire a veteran right winger who can score. Jiri Hudler, he is not; Hudler actually had more points in 2015-16, even though that season was regarded as not as great for him.
But Brouwer provides a much more physical presence. He hits, he mucks it up in the crease, he's like five inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. It was time to move on, and the Flames found the player they wanted to do just that with.
Brouwer will be a Flame for the next four years, assuming no trades or expansion draft shenanigans. He'll be one of the higher-paid forwards on the team throughout that time. Let's just focus in on year one for now.
October 07 2016 11:10AM
Following yesterday's game in Vancouver, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan reportedly wanted to get the team's playing roster cut down to the opening night group so he could fine-tune systems and other such things.
Given the many impending moves today, we've had the first ones: Linden Vey and Tyler Wotherspoon are reportedly on waivers... presumably (but not necessarily) for the purposes of assigning them to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat.
Waivers: TYLER WOTHERSPOON— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) October 7, 2016
October 07 2016 09:30AM
The preseason is over. The Calgary Flames have many, many jobs that are still in question. How did the various contenders fare during their exhibition games? Who, if anybody, stood out? Who is destined for NHL employment?
The short answer? Matthew Tkachuk, and nobody.
October 07 2016 08:00AM
What's his age again?
This roster has seen a lot of turnover and replacement, but a lot is still the same, specifically with regards to lines and pairings. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will still be on the first line, and Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund will still be pals on the shutdown line. Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma will be united on the fourth line again. No one is really changing their roles.
Except for Sam Bennett, the Flames' highest ever draft pick. This year will be the first he will play at his natural position of centre. He'll also have two unfamiliar linemates in Troy Brouwer and Matthew Tkachuk. All these new roles and scenarios are going to be quite the ask, but they're something that Bennett is poised to conquer.
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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.