Random Thoughts - Calgary's Cautious Summer

Kent Wilson
September 22 2014 10:51AM


The long summer is finally at an end and aside from hiring a new GM, the Flames had a relatively quiet off-season. They made some nominal additions via free agency, eschewed the trade market and weren't one of the clubs to dive head first into the analytics craze. Probably the best description of the club's activities is "cautious", which isn't a bad thing given where the team is in its new phase of evolution.

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Post-Game: A Split Squad Split

Ryan Pike
September 21 2014 10:04PM

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Well folks, the first two pre-season dates on the Calgary Flames 2014-15 calendar are in the books, as the Flames and Edmonton Oilers did battle in a pair of simultaneous games. In Calgary, the home side won 1-0. In Edmonton, the home side won 3-1. In both games, the visiting team was said to be listless at times. In both games, the home side was said to have been filled with more recognizable names.

It was the first day of the pre-season.

This report will mostly focus on the game at the Saddledome. For a recap of the game in Edmonton, ON's Jason Gregor has one for your reading pleasure. Curtis Glencross scored Calgary's only goal (on the power-play), while Marco Roy, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton.

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F(E)GD: Double Trouble

September 21 2014 03:34PM


"Welcome to the preseason," he said, with the anticipation of the crowd slowly withering into a hollow chaff. "Please, contain your excitement"

It all gets going again tonight, as future hopes and dreams of young men and somewhat older young men begin to be realized; possibly crushed. The path to FGD 1 begins with stereo exhibition tilts tonight here in Calgary and the crestfallen cesspool up north in Dreadmonton. It promises to be good exist.

This game, of course, is just a simple exhibition match: a precursor to what promises to be another year in transition for both Albertan squads looking to claw their way back into relevance. It's simply a game of evaluation for the coaching squads aiming to get their charges in shape and figuring out who's going to play where.

But for the hockey starved fan (that's you), it's a chance to get your cheering and trolling game into midseason form, an opportunity for you to watch your favourite team take on their hated rivals who you want terrible, despicable things to happen to, and to watch a potentially awesome thing that only happens in the preseason: a chance for the Flames to beat the Oilers twice in the same night.

Yeah, I've got your attention now, don't I?

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Prospects Code Blue

September 20 2014 09:00AM


That's TJ Brodie when he was drafted by the Flames. He represents the last drafted-and-developed Flames blueliner. Prior to him you have Tim Erixon and Dion Phaneuf, neither really counts because Erixon never played for the Flames per se and Phaneuf, by dint of the lost lockout season and his own talent level, arrived more or less plug-and-play at the NHL level.

Looking back at the Young Stars tournament I felt there was a noticeable gap between the quality of forward prospects that the Flames have acquired versus the defense. This spurred me to take a closer look at the Flames’ defensive prospects and try to determine the overall strength of this area of organizational prospect depth.

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Training Camp Day 1: A Live Blog

Ryan Pike
September 19 2014 10:08AM

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Ladies and gents, the 2014-15 Calgary Flames main camp has begun.

Intrepid boy reporter Ryan Pike is down at Winsport all day, checking out both scrimmages and seeing what there is to see. He may also get lunch, he's not sure yet.

Anyhow, keep your eyes here all day as we'll have updates on Day 1.

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