FlamesNation chats with Dustin Sylvester

Ryan Pike
July 27 2012 08:56AM

Closing out FlamesNation's lengthy prospect interview series is a guy with a familiar name to Calgary hockey fans – Dustin Sylvester.

A native of Kelowna, and older brother of Calgary Hitmen forward Cody Sylvester, Dustin racked up 252 points in 308 games with the WHL's Kootenay Ice. Undrafted and looking to play pro, he headed to Europe to suit up for EHC Freiburg of Germany's secondary league. He put up 60 points in 48 games and earned a look-see from the Flames organization in the form of a camp try-out in Abbotsford.

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So how many folks actually got demoted to the AHL last season?

JP Nikota
July 26 2012 03:23PM

No, I mean besides anyone who has been traded to Columbus. Fans are often quick to dismiss a player's role on a team, and suggest that the player be sent to an AHL affiliate in order to free the NHL team of the cap hit. Fans of teams in larger markets are assuredly the biggest offenders, and it makes sense - their teams are the ones that can afford it.

I have put together a list of all the players with one-way SPC deals, a minimum of 82 games played in the NHL, and who were demoted to their club's respective AHL affiliate. I've also checked, in cases where the AHL stay is brief, to make sure that none of these players were simply on a conditioning stint.

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Five things: Only two of which even tangentially connect to the Flames

Ryan Lambert
July 25 2012 03:26PM

1. Now things are moving

Shea Weber? Locked up. Rick Nash? Finally traded. Shane Doan? Came out and set a deadline for the Coyotes to figure everything out or else he's gone.

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A look at the Flames roster heading into August

Ryan Pike
July 25 2012 11:31AM

Image by Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

As we tumble head-long towards the month of August, there are a handful of moving parts to bear in mind as training camp gradually approaches. Here's a brief look at them, sorted by position.

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FlamesNation chats with Ryan Culkin

Ryan Pike
July 24 2012 05:29AM



Not traditionally known for drafting Europeans or Quebec players under the previous regime, the Flames' new management has diversified quite a bit. Case in point? Blueliner Ryan Culkin, taken in the fifth round of the 2012 Entry Draft from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. He's the first defender from the Q taken by the Flames since Adam Pardy in 2004 (and the first player overall since Hugo Carpentier in 2006).

Culkin took the time to chat with another Ryan, FlamesNation's Ryan Pike, during Flames development camp this week.

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