Five things: Winding down now

Ryan Lambert
August 29 2013 09:26AM

 

- pic via Zazzle.ca

 

1. I hate summer

The good news is that this is the very last Five Things I will have to write in the month of August, when absolutely nothing happens and everyone just complains, mainly about how there is absolutely nothing happening. The better news is that hockey is just over the horizon, with the Flames set to participate in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton once again this season, starting at the end of next week.

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Reflections From Canada's Olympic Camp

Christian Roatis
August 28 2013 08:38PM

 

 

This article was orginally published at the Sporting News

When Team Canada's management group, coaching staff and 45 players got together for the first time on Sunday, there was a game plan of sorts set up for the following days that consisted mainly of implementing systems and familiarizing the players with not only the bigger ice surface, but each other as well.

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Fla...err Heat Sign Bancks and Begin

Kent Wilson
August 28 2013 12:48PM

 

AHL Hockey: Apr 20 Barons vs Heat
- pic via the OKC Barons

 

The Calgary Flames organization tied up the last two off-season loose-ends today, inking both Carter Bancks and Steve Begin to one-year AHL deals. The fact that these aren't NHL contract clarifies the delay in signing both players - clearly the org wanted to keep both guys around but didn't want to commit any NHL contract space to either of them, while I assume the players were pressing for more.

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Random Thoughts - Sink or Swim for Karri Ramo

Kent Wilson
August 28 2013 10:18AM

 

 

The long summer doldrums will soon be at an end. Next week is the young stars tournament in BC (and yes, the Nation will have people accredited and in arena to cover it) and then shortly after that is rookie camp, main camp and the pre-season (yay!).

Prior off-seasons have been spent debating the organization's direction, but this year the way forward was devastatingly obvious - like creeping out of the basement after a tornado has ripped your home from its foundations. There's only one option left - to rebuild.

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Realignment and the Flames, Part 2

Ryan Pike
August 27 2013 04:47PM

 

- pic via SportingNews

 

The obvious secondary off-shoot of the Calgary Flames being part of the NHL's recent realignment is the changing composition of the Western Conference. Not only is Calgary part of a re-constituted Pacific Division, they're also now part of a Western Conference that has changed fairly drastically as well.

Here's a brief look at the rest of the Western Conference and how things have changed for the Flames.

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