FlamesNation Roundtable: 2016 preseason edition

Ari Yanover
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.

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Preseason FGD: A double dose of the Battle of Alberta (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
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!

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FN Mailbag - September 26, 2016

Kent Wilson
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.

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Glen Gulutzan back behind the bench and other updates from Sunday

Ryan Pike
September 26 2016 08:00AM

After three full days of on-ice sessions at the Scotiabank Saddledome, a hoarse-voiced Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan held court with local media to chat about a few things on Sunday afternoon.

Here's a quick summary of the topics of the day.

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The Flames make first cuts: roster down to 60

Ryan Pike
September 25 2016 03:35PM

The Calgary Flames have made their first roster moves of the 2016-17 training camp. They announced via press release the trimming of their camp roster by five, and none of the names are particularly shocking.

The team has assigned Aaron Hyman to the Calgary Hitmen, Matthew Phillips to the Victoria Royals, Nick Schneider to the Medicine Hat Tigers and Brayden Burke to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Dennis Kravchenko has also been axed, but has accepted an invite to the Stockton Heat training camp that opens next week.

The moves put their camp roster down to 60: 6 goalies, 20 defensemen and 34 forwards.

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