Flames Cut 5 Players, Camp Roster At 59

Ryan Pike
September 20 2015 02:29PM

As the club prepares for a pair of pre-season contests tomorrow, the Calgary Flames has made a handful of roster moves. None of them are particularly astounding.

The team announced that they have assigned 2015 picks Pavel Karnaukhov and Riley Bruce back to their junior teams, so they're going back to Calgary (WHL) and North Bay (OHL) respectively. They've also released Mason Marchment, Tysoni Baillie and Taylor Burke back to their junior clubs.

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Breaking Down Calgary's "Pre-Season Veterans"

Ryan Pike
September 20 2015 12:00PM

Folks, the pre-season schedule kicks off tomorrow in the National Hockey League. The Calgary Flames play two simultaneous games with the Edmonton Oilers. One is at 7pm MT at the Scotiabank Saddledome in palatial Calgary. The other is also at 7pm MT, but it's at Rexall Place in Dumpsville, er, Edmonton.

One challenge for the coaching staffs of both clubs: balancing the roster rules that are in place during the pre-season. Each team has to dress eight veterans for each game, and what constitutes a veteran is strictly and specifically defined by the CBA.

Here are the players that qualify as "veterans" on the Flames this pre-season based on the letter of the law.

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Day 3 Scrimmage and Camp Open Thread

Ryan Pike
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!

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Hartley: Smid and Byron Not Practicing 'Til After Monday

Ryan Pike
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.

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Brodie and Engelland Is Not a Good Pairing

Kent Wilson
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.

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