FGD: Going to Denver (6pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 28 2014 12:00PM

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The Calgary Flames have cut down their roster significantly and now, it's back to action. And what better way to kick off the back half of their pre-season schedule than with Jarome Iginla's first game with the Avalanche against the team he represented for the better part of a decade and a half? In the pre-season, with no TV and fanfare.

The Flames (2-3-0) now boast a sub-.500 record in the pre-season, but they have gotten some nice performances. The Avalanche (0-3-1) haven't won a pre-season game yet, and seem to be icing a roster that pushes hard for one.

Game time is 6pm. No TV, but your pals at Sportsnet 960 The Fan have the call, as always.

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Training Camp Rundown: The Battles

Ryan Pike
September 27 2014 10:28AM

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We're just over half-way through training camp! The Flames have 57 bodies in camp as of this writing and have to get down to 23 bodies by the October 7 at 3pm MT.

With 10 days and 4 pre-season games to go, along with a bunch of injuries, how are things looking right now? Here's a quick look as we wait for cuts, in order of how likely a player is to make the team right now.

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Post-Game: They Are What We Thought They Were

Ryan Pike
September 27 2014 12:50AM

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When tonight's rosters came out over the Twitter Machine, two common thoughts pervaded the Calgary hockey world.

  1. "Hey, that Canucks roster looks pretty close to an NHL roster."
  2. "Hey, isn't that basically the Adirondack Flames roster dressing for our side?"

Well, on Friday night in Vancouver...that's exactly what happened. The Flames lost 3-0. They barely dressed any regulars. No Monahan. No Gaudreau. No Giordano. No Brodie. Karri Ramo just played a period as he comes back from a hip injury.

In short: they are what we thought they were - a largely AHL roster going into Vancouver and losing fairly soundly to the Vancouver Canucks' NHL roster.

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FGD: A Dish Best Served In Vancouver (8pm MT; SN1)

Ryan Pike
September 26 2014 01:41PM

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The Calgary Flames lost to their bitter rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, last evening at home. Tonight, a slightly different group of Calgary Flames players travel into enemy territory to try to return the favour at Rogers Arena.

The Flames (2-2-0) are at .500 in the pre-season and are likely using this game to evaluate before trimming their roster down significantly. The Canucks (2-1-0) are probably just trying to keep some momentum going.

The game goes at 8pm MT on Sportsnet One (with the Canucks broadcast team) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. It's the last televised pre-season game this year.

For a look from the other side, check out the preview from those rascals over at Canucks Army.

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Perfect Time To Rebuild?

Christian Roatis
September 26 2014 08:30AM

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Rebuilding is never fun. There's no disputing that.

However, every team at some point comes to the realization that their best route to glory must run through the dreaded lands of a rebuild. The Calgary Flames came to such a realization, in 2013, after years of treading the waters of mediocrity and have since begun a retooling and rearming process to return them to relevance.

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