Flames 2010-2011 Schedule Released

Kent Wilson
June 22 2010 10:57AM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers react as David Moss #25 celebrates his winning goal with teammates (L-R) Jay Bouwmeester, Rene Bourque, Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf in the third period during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

 

The Flames will begin the season on the road versus Taylor Hall (maybe?) and the Edmonton Oilers on October 7. Other dates of note inlcude:

The Flames have their home opener on Sunday, October 10th as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames' annual New Year's Eve home game has Calgary hosting the Colorado Avalanche for a 7:00 pm start at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Christmas schedule includes home games against Vancouver (December 1st), Tampa Bay (December 7th), Columbus (December 13th), Toronto (December 16th), Minnesota (December 18th) and Buffalo (December 27th). Calgary will face the Edmonton Oilers on New Years Day, Saturday January 1 at Rexall Place.

Personally, I just hope there's less back-to-backs this year.

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UFA Profiles - Mayers and McGrattan

Pat Steinberg
June 21 2010 08:46PM

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Brian McGratton #10 of the Calgary Flames takes a big punch off the nose from Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 14, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it'd be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA's out of the way.  So far, we've covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy.  I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move to Jamal Mayers and Brian McGrattan.

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Calgary Flames 2010 Draft Primer

Kent Wilson
June 21 2010 10:47AM

 

 

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is just four days away and although the Flames don't currently possess a top-60 pick, Darryl Sutter has historically been very active on draft day in the past. As such, there's little chance that the Friday/Saturday action will not include Calgary, especially given the Flames urgent need to shore up their prospect ranks and dump some salary.

Flamesnation will endeavor to cover the draft from every possible angle, starting today through till the end of the week. Today we begin with the basics - a Flames draft primer.

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The Back-up Goalie Market

Kent Wilson
June 18 2010 10:57AM

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Islanders on February 13, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Lightning 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

 

The surprising Halak to St. Louis trade yesterday was marginally relevant to the Flames in that another team now has a solidified starter heading into next season. Jobs will therefore be even harder come by for this year's UFA goalie crop as a result, which should result in more than a couple of quality puck stoppers looking for work later in the summer.

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UFA Profiles - Eric Nystrom

Pat Steinberg
June 17 2010 09:10AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Eric Nystrom #23 of the Calgary Flames concentrates on the puck during a face off against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

It's come up in both our previous articles on pending Calgary Flames UFA players (done so far: Craig Conroy and Chris Higgins), so I figure he's probably the next logical guy to profile. For the first time in his career, Flames first rounder Eric Nystrom enters free agency, and his return to Calgary is not necessarily guaranteed.

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