Calgary Inferno set to defend Clarkson Cup; 2016-17 CWHL season begins

Ari Yanover
October 08 2016 04:00PM

It's October, and October means hockey.

The Hitmen's season is already underway. Soon, the Flames will be going, too. But tonight, hockey in Calgary belongs to a different team, as the 2015-16 Clarkson Cup champion Calgary Inferno officially kick off their 2016-17 season.

The season begins tonight, at 7:45 p.m. in Winsport's Markin MacPhail Centre, in the 'A' arena. Tickets are available for just $15.

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Preparing for life without Johnny Gaudreau

Ryan Pike
October 08 2016 03:00PM

For all of his faults, former Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley had a very astute assessment about worrying about players that are absent due to injury or other factors: you can only coach using the players you have available to you.

As of this writing, it is three days until the National Hockey League's opening roster deadline and four days until the opening night of the NHL calendar. Flames restricted free agent winger Johnny Gaudreau remains unsigned, meaning that unless circumstances change dramatically in short order the Flames will have to begin the season without their star sniper.

The message that permeated the on and off-ice activities at the Saddledome on Saturday morning was two-fold: the show must go on, and these guys can't get off to the dreadful October start that sunk them last season.

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The Flames make four more cuts

Ryan Pike
October 08 2016 11:07AM

After seven preseason games and just over three weeks of training camp, the Calgary Flames have whittled their camp roster of roughly 60 players way down. And while they weren't able to cut everybody, they certainly have cut a lot of them.

Headed to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat are Tyler Wotherspoon (who cleared waivers), David Rittich, Garnet Hathaway and Hunter Shinkaruk. Sticking around, for now, are Linden Vey (who also cleared waivers), and Nicklas Grossmann, Chris Higgins and Lauri Korpikoski, the last three on professional try-outs. 

The moves place the Flames roster at 28: two goalies, nine defensemen and 17 forwards, though that number includes injured players Ladislav Smid and Daniel Pribyl who will likely be declared non-roster on Tuesday when teams file their opening rosters with the league.

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Realistic Expectations: Dennis Wideman

christian tiberi
October 08 2016 08:00AM

As the Flames reemerge from their rebuilding years, a lot has been made about their defensive corps. The team has three of the best locked up long term, and considerable depth in both the NHL and the AHL. The Flames built around their blueline, and are going to reap the benefits for some time.

Until last season, those discussions also included Dennis Wideman, who was coming off a 50+ point year. Even if he regressed in 2015-16, many thought that he would still be a 30-point player at the very least. After last season, some aren't sure he'll crack the top six.

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/7/16 Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 07 2016 05:00PM


With each passing day, the NHL season looms ever closer, and with it the need for the league’s 30 member clubs to trim their rosters down to 23 names. Friday was, once again, a busy waiver day, with a few interesting options hitting the wire.

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