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?
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.
September 19 2014 10:08AM
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.
Nation World HQ
September 19 2014 05:30AM
Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.
September 18 2014 11:30AM
Last week was the precursor. The real thing starts today.
The Calgary Flames officially kick off their 2014-15 training camp today at Winsport. 65 players will report. By the time everything's said and done on October 7, that number will be trimmed down by 42 - to the opening 23-man roster.
Here's a quick-and-dirty look at the 65 men vying for roster spots over the next few weeks.