September 28 2013 10:26AM
We rounded up a few more fan ask questoins via Ask FM this week. Watch for the call-out on twitter around Thursday or Friday of every week if you have something you'd like FN writers to talk about. Alternatively, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). This week we look at Burke's future, share some observations on Kris Russel and discuss a potential rule change
September 27 2013 10:12AM
As the season approaches, so too does the need to become cap compliant.
The Flames have cap space to spare and money to spend. With the Kipper retirement, the club has about $13M+ available under the $64M cap ceiling, meaning they are positioned to potentially solve a lot of problems.
In April, the org auctioned off Jarome Iginla and Jay Boumweester. Now they can do the same, except this time it's ample cap room that is the prize.
September 26 2013 01:05PM
The Flames thinned the herd a bit more today, assigning Corban Knight, Michael Ferland and Max Reinhart to the Abbotsford Heat, as well as Keegan Kanzig to Victoria in the WHL. The interesting name there is Corban Knight, who was tabbed to make the Flames out of college when he was acquired this summer. After watching him for a few games, I agree with the coaching staff that he has some strides to take before he's a legit NHLer. Ferland going down might disappoint some, but just sticking around camp this long is a huge step forward for the big winger. If he can continue his strong play for Abby, Ferland will be an injury call-up sooner rather than later.
September 26 2013 08:31AM
1. So Sieloff's going pro
It was announced earlier this week that Patrick Sieloff would not return to juniors as some might have expected, and that the club will instead exercise its option to either keep him in Calgary or send him down to the AHL.
September 25 2013 04:34PM
Your Calgary Flames play their final exhibition tilt tonight at Los Saddledome, but before the first puck was even close to being dropped, the team announced they had demoted 6 players down to the Abbotsford Heat, who I'm sure to receive some of them, because they are a hockey team and need players, even bad ones (Nemisz!) to ice a team.
You might wonder how it's possible to be sent down before the final warm up game, and it makes sense for you to be thinking about that, because it does seem kind of odd. One would assume anyone still with a name plate above their stall at the Dome would be getting an extra look before we play for keeps in October, but there are 6 players today that can attest to that not being entirely true.
So how does this happen? How can you follow in the footsteps of these players and get yourself demoted? The pressure is just too much, we understand, it's not for you. We're here to help! Check out this handy guide after yonder jump.