Preseason Gameday Update - September 29th

Pat Steinberg
September 29 2010 12:52PM

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 9: Ales Kotalik #26 of the Calgary Flames looks to fire a snap shot from the top of the circle in a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on February 9, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

A fairly veteran squad has landed in Saskatoon for the Calgary Flames who will take on the New York Islanders in exhibition action tonight (7 pm, Rogers Sportsnet Flames and The FAN 960).  22 players made the trip, and with no morning skate today, we won't know till pregame warmup what we're looking at in terms of lines, lineup etc.

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Flames Comparables - Part 2

Kent Wilson
September 29 2010 10:52AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames waits for a face off against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)


(Today we present the second part of Robert Vollman's Flames Comparables series. This post will focus on some "supporting" offensive players)

Matt Stajan, 27

Acquired in the Phaneuf deal, the Flames have invested $3.5 million a year in Matt Stajan, so you know they'll give him every opportunity to succeed.  Stajan has shown steady improvement throughout his career, leaving him on the brink of breaking the 20 goal and 60 point barriers after two seasons on the cusp.

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Preseason game No. 4: Killer Karlsson

Ryan Lambert
September 28 2010 05:58PM

So this is it. Calgary fans are finally about to get an up-close and personal look at Henrik Karlsson, potential-but-don't-count-on-it goalie of the future.

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Preseason Gameday Update - September 28th

Pat Steinberg
September 28 2010 01:33PM

Calgary Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson gets help from teammate Tim Jackman while blocking a shot from Vancouver Canucks Brendan Morrison (R) during the second period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia September 21, 2010.     REUTERS/Andy Clark   (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


The Calgary Flames will take on a rather veteran Phoenix Coyotes lineup tonight at the Saddledome for their fourth preseason affair this year (7:30 pm, TSN and The FAN 960).  The Coyotes team will resemble very closely their opening day roster, while Calgary will have a number of notable names not playing.  It's also the home debut of Henrik Karlsson in net.

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Flames Comparables - Part 1

Kent Wilson
September 28 2010 09:39AM

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03:  Olli Jokinen#21 and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames stand for the National Anthem before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on December 3, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Flames 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


(This post comes courtesy Robert Vollman, a freelance writer, Calgary resident, Flames fan and contributor to the hockey analysis site Puck Prospectus. Robert has decided to take a look at some of the Flames primary offensive contributors through an historical lens in order to try to predict their output for the coming season.

The article has been split into several parts. Today we'll look at the guys who will be the nucleus of the Flames attack - Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay and Rene Bourque).

It can be very difficult to predict how many points a player will score from season-to-season.  Just look at the scoring leaders from the last two seasons – Henrik Sedin was a career 80-point man who suddenly decided to score 112 at age 29, and Evgeni Malkin was 23 years old and coming off seasons of 106 and 113 points only to get stopped at 77.  Did these guys switch jerseys or something?

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