November 04 2016 05:47PM
Hi everybody! It's annoying Leafs person.
WAIT! Wait... This isn't a Leafs blog.
The Nation Network overlord people thought it would be fun for me to try a weekly nation-wide post. I told them that I don't get nearly enough hate on the Sportsnet Facebook page so that sounds like a great idea.
Here's a few things I thought were noteworthy this week.
November 04 2016 03:30PM
The Calgary Flames hit the ice for an optional practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California earlier today. One major topic of conversation between Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan and the assembled media appears to be the status of winger Kris Versteeg, who left last night's game in San Jose with a lower-body injury.
In short? He won't be available for tomorrow's game against his old team, the Los Angeles Kings.
Versteeg was sent back to Calgary for evaluations. Will likely be out tomorrow night.— Kristen Odland (@Kristen_Odland) November 4, 2016
The Flames aren't immediately calling anybody up from their American Hockey League affiliate in nearby Stockton, so Freddie Hamilton will slot back into the lineup. But that doesn't rule out further changes for Sunday's game in Anaheim.
November 04 2016 03:00PM
Some unfortunate injury news has been announced in regards to one high-profile Calgary Flames prospect.
Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube, a second round selection of the Flames in June's entry draft, has been replaced on Team WHL's roster for next week's Canada/Russia Series games in Prince George and Edmonton. Dube was originally named to the WHL's roster for the event without having played a single WHL game this season due to a lower-body injury, but it now appears that he won't be healthy enough to play.
November 04 2016 10:00AM
With Calgary Flames 2016 first round pick Matthew Tkachuk playing in his 10th National Hockey League contest of the season last night in San Jose, the first year of his entry level contract has began to run. Aside from cementing his spot on the Flames roster – for now, at least – it's not immediately obvious what other implications his sticking with the club has.
After some digging into old our friend, the CBA, and poking around, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding what Tkachuk staying on with the Flames means in the larger sense.
November 04 2016 08:00AM
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It would have been easy to see this game go the same way as the last game against the Blackhawks. Alternatively, that game in Chicago could have gone as this one did, too.
That is to say: the Flames, for the most part, played well. In both cases, they played well enough to win. Luck was with them last night, though; don't forget just how many almost-sure goals the Sharks fanned on. Any one of those go in, and it's a different game.
But that didn't happen. The Flames earned this one, and with a shortened bench, no less. Probably most important of all, though: it was a regulation win in California, and that, more than just about anything else, is what's going to matter as this season plays out.