November 13 2015 01:15PM
Start paying attention to the ECHL, gang, because the Calgary Flames have finally put a player with a valid NHL contract in hockey's AA pro league.
Earlier today, the Flames announced that they've re-assigned defenseman Ryan Culkin from the AHL's Stockton Heat to the ECHL's Adirondack Thunder. The Heat also released goalie Eric Hartzell from his try-out due to the arrival for Kevin Poulin. (The moves leave the Heat with 24 healthy players, including eight defensemen.)
November 13 2015 12:17PM
Just 24 hours after losing a heart-breaker to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames bring their 5-11-1 record to the Verizon Center when they face the Washington Capitals (11-4-0).
The Flames are trying to get some points on this road trip, after losing each of the first two games of the trip. They still have games against Washington and Chicago left on the trip. The good news is that just like the Flames, the Capitals played last night (in a different city) and are flying back to D.C. for the game. The bad news is that the Capitals have been playing pretty well, and the Flames haven't.
Puck drop is just after 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
November 13 2015 10:00AM
There's quite a bit going on for the Calgary Flames organizationally and sometimes we don't get a chance to dig into the farm team as much as we'd like. Thankfully, we had the opportunity to chat with Brad Pascall on the phone over the weekend. Pascall is the assistant general manager of the Flames, and operates in that capacity as the person in charge of the daily operations of the AHL's Stockton Heat.
So in between games, player demotions and scrambling to find a second goalie for the Heat on the weekend, we had the chance to ask him questions about three quick topics.
(Answers have been slightly edited for clarity.)
November 13 2015 08:00AM
After fighting back from a disastrous first period, the Flames gave themselves a shot to win the game. At least, that was the case before a bad penalty, and questionable biases and habits came in to cement the loss.
At some point, things will have to change. For now, the team is 5-11-1.
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November 13 2015 06:45AM
Sedins beating father time, Tootoo says Burrows crossed the line, Stamkos agent gives contract update, Andrew Ladd negotiations, cap and waiver concerns for Flames, Oilers defense rebuilt, Taylor Hall, Alex Ovechkin, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings