October 14 2016 02:00PM
It happened so quickly, and yet with the Flames so slowly, that it is possible you may have missed it. With Brandon Bollig clearing waivers last Tuesday, it is possible that the last pure enforcer has played for the Calgary Flames.
To start this season, the Flames have decided that, at best, their lineup would have players who could punch faces if need be and not as their modus operandi. Big deal right? Well, to many who have grown up watching the Flames, or most NHL franchises for that matter, this is a departure from essential NHL roster construction and a direct path to how some fell in love with the game itself. Let's talk about this after the jump.
October 14 2016 12:00PM
On Wednesday night in Edmonton, the Calgary Flames began their 36th National Hockey League season. It didn't go well, as they had a rough first period and couldn't recover. They lost 7-4 to the Oilers in the opening night for Rogers Place.
Tonight the Flames (0-1-0) try to even the scales against the Oilers (1-0-0) with their own home opener, christening the 2016-17 slate of games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the first chance for Flames fans to welcome back Johnny Gaudreau from his contractual quagmire, the first home game for Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg, Alex Chiasson and Troy Brouwer, and a chance for the Flames to get sweet revenge against Edmonton for the loss on Wednesday evening.
The puck drops slightly after 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet 360/One (with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias). It's the home opener, so expect a bit of a delay, but also expect a good laser show and vintage jerseys. Last year's puck drop was around 20 minutes after the hour, for your reference.
October 14 2016 09:00AM
One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.
On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.
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October 14 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 13 2016 04:00PM
The Calgary Flames have begun their 2016-17 National Hockey League season and, thus, training camp is now completely over and done with.
But the Flames had many, many players at their various camps. Where have they gone? What did the Flames do with all of them? In the interest of providing the handful of Austin Carroll super-fans out there with some knowledge about where players like him have gone, here's our handy snapshot of which Flames prospects have been assigned to which teams.