Five things: Getting closer

Ryan Lambert
September 11 2014 08:30AM

1. Further D-velopments

So in the last week, the picture for the Calgary Flames on defense has either changed a lot, or not really very much at all, depending upon how you choose to look at it.

In this space last week I took a look at what Sheldon Brookbank could potentially provide to the team on the basis of his receiving a camp tryout contract with the club as well as what another defenseman (Jamie McBain) might be able to provide instead of, or in addition to, the former Blackhawk. The team has since gone out and added to more defensemen to the mix, one on a two-way deal and the other on another tryout basis.

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Parsing through team over/under totals for the coming season

Dimitri Filipovic
September 10 2014 09:16AM

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Well, if Grapes is looking for something to invest that crisp $100 bill in..

The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon. 

Another harbinger that makes that realization feel more tangible? Bovada has released their over/under lines for team point totals this coming season. 

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Byron Bader
September 10 2014 08:30AM

Zone entries, while in their infancy, are the next big wave of advanced hockey stats that are going to shape our understanding of possession-numbers.  Teams remain curious but cautious about corsi and fenwick stats, but I have yet to hear a team that doesn't see immense value in zone entry stats.  The only problem ... they're not readily available. Corey Sznajder, of Carolina Hurricanes blog 'Shutdown Line', has spent his summer ever so greatly manually tracking zone entries for the 2013-14 and was kind enough to provide FN a sample of the first half (49 games) of the 2013-14 Flames.  

You can follow Corey's great work at or on twitter: @ShutdownLine. As well, if you'd like to help fund this wonderful project of his, here's the link:

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Meet the Try-Outs

Ryan Pike
September 09 2014 08:30AM

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The Calgary Flames announced their rookie camp roster yesterday, and eight names probably stood out on that list for casual observers - because nobody knew a lick about 'em.

Eight players - a goaltender, three blueliners and four forwards - are attending camp on try-outs. Seven of them have no deals of any kind in place for 2014-15.

Here's a quick rundown on who the heck these guys are.

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Flames Announce Rookie Camp Roster & Schedule

Ryan Pike
September 08 2014 02:58PM

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Amidst the snow and sleet of today's blustery conditions, the Calgary Flames brought some light and warmth, in the form of their rookie camp roster and schedules.

Yes, hockey is almost here.

The club today announced the 29 players that will represent the Flames in Penticton for the Young Stars Classic, as well as in the traditional one-game exhibition with the U of C Dinos men's team.

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