July 16 2016 08:00AM
If you want to get really traditional, players have to graduate to a non-training camp number - that is to say, a lower one. A lot of training camp numbers tend to be high and look odd and out of place, but it kind of fits: when they make the team for real, they'll get their number for real.
Mikael Backlund started life in the NHL as #60, but once he made it full time, he took over #11. He's already one of the longest-tenured Flames to wear it.
July 15 2016 11:00AM
It's the middle of July and for all intents and purposes the Flames' roster for 2016-17 is set. Brad Treliving has two major items on his to-do list left: re-sign Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Re-inking the kids is an inevitability, so that's just a question of what the numbers end up being.
After that, it will be a minor tweak here and there. Likely, Treliving will opt to re-sign some of the club's lingering RFAs and UFAs to fill in the depth. Unless he get scooped up by another team in the meantime, it Jakub Nakladal come back on one-year deal for instance.
So what is the roster going to look like? Let's take a guess.
July 15 2016 08:00AM
Lucky number seven! A lot of players have donned this number for the Flames franchise. Some have been incredible; others, a little less so.
The current incarnation of #7 actually saw his career start off with #66, a number that probably harkens a little more towards greatness. Still, throughout #7's lengthy history on this team, we may be witnessing one of the better incarnations - one in a career that's far from over.
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July 15 2016 05:00AM
Leaf fans losing confidence in Lou, "Mandela incident" was beginning of the end for Jonathan Bernier, how do things look for Flames headed into camp, a look at Adam Larsson in Edmonton, the NHL isn't fun, finding elite talent late in the draft, how likely are goalies to "make it" and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 14 2016 02:00PM
We're deep down in the July hockey news dregs, ladies and gentlemen. So as we all wait patiently to find out when Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will sign with the Calgary Flames, and for what term and cap hit, let's take some time to ponder some other things that will undoubtedly factor into decision-making over the next while.
First up? The waiver wire.