11/12 NW Preview: Minnesota

Robert Cleave
September 30 2011 02:32PM



As the season nears, Flames Nation begins its look ahead to the competition, such as it is, that the Flames will face in the Northwest Division. First up, the Minnesota Wild.

10/11 finish: 86 points, 3rd in the NW, 12th in the Conference

Playoffs: none since 07/08

Key Players: Koivu, Heatley, Bouchard, Setoguchi, Latendresse, Clutterbuck, Backstrom

Additions: Heatley, Setoguchi, Brunette

Subtractions: Burns, Havlat

Cap Position: 9.4M under the number

Projected finish: between 9th and 13th in the Conference

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Flames Cut Byron and Bouma

Kent Wilson
September 30 2011 09:28AM



Calgary has re-assigned Paul Byron and Lance Bourma to the Abbotsford Heat today. Roman Horak, Derek Smith and Jordan Henry are therefore one step closer to making the big club.

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Flames 2011-2012 Goats and Stars

Kent Wilson
September 30 2011 08:58AM



With the unpleasant memories of last season finally fading and new hope springing up in their place, it's time to start publishing our predictions and previews. We'll begin by reviving an old Nations tradition - picking goats and stars for the upcoming year. Who do you think we'll become your fan favorite - his every play idolized, his every mistake forgiven? Alternatively, who will you curse every time he hits the ice?

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Postgame: Strong Finish

Pat Steinberg
September 29 2011 10:12PM

Photo credit: Terence Leung, calgaryflames.com

The Calgary Flames finished their 2011 preseason with a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday at the Saddledome, a decent finish to their exhibition schedule.  The Coyotes iced a fairly veteran laden lineup and were probably the best competition the Flames have faced thus far; Calgary controlled most of the game and did some damage on the powerplay to even their preseason record at 3-3.

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FGD: And Then There Were Nine

Pat Steinberg
September 29 2011 12:27PM

A nine day break follows Calgary's final preseason game tonight, as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes, hoping to finish their exhibition schedule with a bang (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  It's a 'Yotes lineup with plenty of NHL experience, so this will be one of the better evaluating opportunities the team has had to this point.  They also want to put forth a solid effort heading into an extended break prior to their regular season opener.

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