September 27 2016 08:00AM
Way, way back in 2013, the Calgary Flames turned some heads when they selected Quebec Major Junior Hockey League sniper Emile Poirier at 22nd overall at the NHL Draft. While at the time many onlookers felt the Flames should have taken Calgarian Hunter Shinkaruk – he was subsequently traded to the Flames by Vancouver last winter – Poirier made a nice first impression during his first professional season.
Making his pro debut in 2014-15, he had 42 points in 55 AHL games and a point in a six-game cup of coffee in the NHL with the Flames. But after a 2015-16 season full of ups and downs, and hindered by a slow start out of the gates, Poirier is eager to get back onto the Flames' radar for an NHL job.
September 26 2016 10:14PM
It was a tale of two cities on Monday night for the Calgary Flames.
Unfortunately, the tale was the same in both Calgary and Edmonton, as the Flames dropped a 2-1 pre-season game at the Scotiabank Saddledome and a 4-2 decision at Rogers Place and ended up losing twice in the same day to the Edmonton Oilers.
It's pre-season, but it probably still stings.
September 26 2016 02:00PM
It's that time of year again!
We've been through the Young Stars tournament, and while that's always fun, there's an extra layer of awesomeness to watching games take place in NHL rinks. Not just NHL rinks, though: the Saddledome, in particular.
The Flames are actually back, and it isn't just the rookies. Some of the names we see throughout preseason won't stick, but many of them will.
It's our first chance to watch these players again since early April. The last time we watched them play, we were looking forward to the draft lottery. Thank goodness we're back to the on-ice stuff now, eh? To celebrate, let's have a roundtable.
September 26 2016 12:00PM
Two Alberta teams with many, many bodies remaining in their respective camps clash tonight in a double-dip with split squad games taking place simultaneously in Calgary and Edmonton between the Flames and Oilers. It's the first taste of pre-season action for both clubs, and an opportunity for a few souls to make an impression on their clubs before the axe inevitably falls later in the week.
Calgary sends a skeleton crew to Edmonton to face most of the Oilers, while the Oilers send a rag-tag group down to Calgary to face most of the Flames. It's a recipe for a home-team win, which is usually what happens. But it'd be fairly impressive if the Flames could steal a win in their Rogers Place debut, if they're not dazzled by the shiny new building or terrified by their horrible new mascot.
The game in Calgary will be on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and streamed on the Flames site. The game in Edmonton is also streamed by the Flames site. Both games go at 7pm MT!
September 26 2016 10:00AM
The summer is over. The World Cup of Hockey is finishing. Now it's training camp time.
Which means the return of the FlamesNation Mailbag. Brad Treliving had a busy offseason, so we have a lot to talk about.
Actually, with Johnny Gaudreau's lingering contract talks hanging overheard, Treliving's offseason technically isn't over. The diminutive star went to the WCH without a contract and put together an outstanding performance against and amongst some of the NHL's best players: another small bit of ammo for his agent in negotiations.
In the inaugural 2016-17 season Mailbag, we talk the Gaudreau contract, Sam Bennett's ceiling, which rookies will make the team and more.