The compelling case of Ryan Wilson

Pat Steinberg
September 22 2015 10:27AM


When the Calgary Flames invited free agent defenceman Ryan Wilson to camp on a PTO this summer, my interest was immediately piqued. Wilson had always been an interesting player for me going back to his brief time in the Flames organization in 2008-2009. It's true that the last few years haven't gone his way thanks to injury, but prior to the last three seasons, things looked to heading in the right direction. Knowing that, and knowing what I've seen so far in camp, I think you can make a very compelling argument to turn Wilson's PTO into a contract.

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A Balanced Look at the Canucks

September 22 2015 09:00AM

We’ll begin this year’s team forecast with something a little different from last year’s Flames series (links for part one, two and three).

This year we’re going to start by looking at two Pacific Division rivals before we get to the Flames, particularly two teams the Flames may well end up battling to try and secure a playoff position in addition to being old and bitter rivals.

We’ll begin with an objective review of the Canucks to see where they might land this coming season.

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Pre-Season Post-Game: Flames Extinguished (Twice)

Ryan Pike
September 21 2015 09:48PM

It was a tale of two cities on Monday night, as the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers did battle in both cities in split squad action. What resulted was more or less what you would expect from a pair of contests with players playing high-level hockey against actual opposition for the first time in several months.

It was choppy. It was occasionally dull. But it was hockey, so it wasn't really all that bad.

In terms of results: the Flames lost both games - 4-2 in Edmonton and 3-1 in Calgary. Both games were determined by late third period goals (and an empty-netter).

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Managing Expectations for Morgan Klimchuk

Ryan Pike
September 21 2015 03:00PM

We're going to be talking about expectations a lot this year, I think. Expectations can hurt or help, both on a team-wide or individual level. While the Calgary Flames will be dealing with raised expectations following their impressive 2014-15 season, they'll be doing their best to keep things as tempered as possible for one of their more promising draft picks.

While he might have been toiling around outside the spotlight for the past couple seasons - with players like Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett cracking the NHL roster - keep an eye on 2013 first round pick Morgan Klimchuk as he embarks upon his first professional campaign.

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Pre-Season FGD: A Double-Dip With the Oilers (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 21 2015 12:00PM

The beginning of honest-to-goodness, actual National Hockey League hockey is here!

Well, it's pre-season hockey, but it's NHL-sanctioned hockey with NHL officials with NHL rinks.

The 2015-16 pre-season begins today for the Calgary Flames, and they're kicking it off in a way that's become a bit of a tradition: a pair of split squad games with the Edmonton Oilers - one in Calgary at 7pm MT, one in Edmonton at 7pm MT.

The Calgary game is broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and has a video webcast on the Flames site, while the Flames site will also offer a broadcast of the game in Edmonton.

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