Flames Game Day(s): Prelude

Robert Cleave
September 20 2010 11:12PM

 

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames waits for 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)

 

 

The Flames begin the preliminary phase of the season with a pair of encounters against the Canucks, and while the pre-season has merely been a place for the veterans to ease in to things for past clubs, this fall might actually see an expensive player have a meeting with the Turk. That decision is still a few weeks out, though, so this evening will mostly act as a last chance for a few marginal types to get a game in the Flaming C before being sent away.

 

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Red and White Game Observations

Kent Wilson
September 20 2010 04:33PM

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen skates with the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Calgary in this January 13, 2010 file photo. Flames general manager Darryl Sutter announced on July 1, 2010 that Jokinen has been signed to a two-year contract with the Flames starting this September. REUTERS/Todd Korol/Files  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

I managed to catch a large portion of the Flames intra squad game this afternoon. Here are some of my thoughts and obseervations in no discernable order:

- The speed and intensity for what was a largely meaningless scrimmage was up there. It was, for example, far more interesting than the NHL all-star game (but what isn't right?). Nobody was taking a day off this afternoon and that included the vets.

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September 18 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
September 18 2010 02:08PM

 

WASHINGTON - MARCH 28: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is knocked to the ice by Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames on March 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hockey is just that much closer with the opening of camp today, and it appears from a distance that the Alberta weather is providing a proper atmosphere for the proceedings. At any rate, in this week's review of what was, the Flame youngsters finish their work in the Okanagan, the big kids report for work absent one significant figure, and the RFAs of note get contracts finalized.

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Day 1 Training Camp Update

Pat Steinberg
September 18 2010 12:27PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Niklas Hagman #11 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck 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)

Training camp is officially underway at the Saddledome with on ice sessions starting Saturday morning.  Group A skated in the early session and consisted of mostly veterans with a few prospects mixed in.  The second group was the opposite with most prospects and a few vets sprinkled in.

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Flames Training Camp Primer

Kent Wilson
September 18 2010 09:42AM

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - AUGUST 26:  Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames skates during the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut at the Hershey Centre August 26, 2009 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 

Now that the kids have been sorted, the real thing can begin this week. The Flames have posted their A and B rosters featuring 24 skaters each and 5 goalies total. The team designations are meaningful, as group A features mostly NHLers and veteran AHLers (including Cam Cunning and Mikael Backlund). Group B, on the other hand, is all kids and hopefuls, including new guys Steffan Meyer (D), JP Lamoreaux (G) and try-out Giffen Nyren (D).

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