Report: NHL expanding to Las Vegas as early as 2017-18

Ari Yanover
June 14 2016 02:45PM

There's been a lot of expansion talk over the last little while, and for good reason: because it's happening. Las Vegas is expected to become the 31st NHL city as early as the 2017-18 season, according to the Associated Press.

So far Vegas is the only one getting an expansion team, which would leave the NHL with an odd number - but we have the CFL up here, we're used to that already.

Vegas is in the Pacific time zone, so the expansion team would almost certainly be joining the Flames' division, bringing the Pacific Division up to eight teams.

Then, there's the matter of the expansion draft.

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Calgary Flames 2016-17 pre-season schedule released

Ari Yanover
June 14 2016 01:49PM

The pre-season isn't real hockey. Well, technically it is, but it's not the hockey we're always waiting for to come back. The phrase is "is it October yet?" - not September. September isn't actually that important.

However, after a long, long off-season of no hockey - trying to sustain ourselves on little things like a rookie camp and some slim pickings in August - the pre-season is a godsend. It's a necessary amp up to to the regular season, even if there may be a few too many games involved.

Well, get ready for seven of those games! On Sept. 26, the Calgary Flames are officially back with their traditional non-staggered split-squad action against the Oilers.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Bill Arnold

Ari Yanover
June 14 2016 12:00PM

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Photo credit: Asvitt Photography

The Flames have just two hopes for success from their 2010 draft class. Fifth round pick Micheal Ferland has already made the NHL; fourth round pick Bill Arnold still needs to get there. If he does, though, he projects to be in a similar standing: both bottom six guys.

While Ferland is more known for a physical game, Arnold is known as a strong defensive guy. He's probably never going to be a major scorer - not since he was a part of college hockey's best line in 2013-14 alongside Kevin Hayes and Johnny Gaudreau (and even then, he was well behind both in scoring) - but there's a lot to be said for the strong defensive presences in a lineup.

If Arnold makes it to the big league, it'll be because he can provide exactly that.

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Flames coaching search seemingly down to Glen Gulutzan and Todd Reirden

Ryan Pike
June 14 2016 10:00AM

On May 3, the Calgary Flames dropped the axe and relieved head coach Bob Hartley of his duties. General Manager Brad Treliving began his search for a replacement immediately.

Nearly six weeks later, the coaching search saga may be at its end.

Yesterday morning, Treliving joined the morning show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and revealed, through a pretty intense line of questioning from Dean "Boomer" Molberg, that he had settled on his coach for a coach.

And then the names began trickling out.

Randy Carlyle ended up returning to Anaheim (for reasons which escape many in the hockey world), which seemingly leaves Gulutzan and Reirden vying for the head coaching job here in Cowtown.

So what do we know about our two finalists?

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Flames Draft Targets: Cam Morrison

Byron Bader
June 14 2016 08:00AM

ed: We couldn't get an actual picture of Morrison, so here's a picture of an eagle because he played in the USHL and America, or something (though he's Canadian). Also apparently eagles are CONSTANTLY at sporting events? This is a really fun gallery.

Cameron Morrison is a big bodied scoring center from the USHL that projects to go in the second or third round (ranked 46th amongst North American players by Central Scouting) that could be a good fit for one of the Flames' three second rounders.

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