October 1 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 01 2010 11:34AM



EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers walks to the ice before a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

October. It's the time of year when the evenings finally cool, the leaves turn and fall, and we can finally focus on real hockey. Or, if you live where I do, it's the first time in several months where it isn't going to rain every second damned day and I can sneak a few last rounds on the golf course before the Manitoba winter takes hold. 

Ah, but that's not important now, and there is plenty to discuss in this week's round-up. The Flames finally shed a few bodies, the neighbours have one that they'd really like to have disappear, and injuries are not just an issue in Cowtown.

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The Matt Pelech Situation

Kent Wilson
October 01 2010 09:27AM

CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Pelech #56 of the Calgary Flames battles with Jean-Francois Jacques #22 of the Edmonton Oilers in the third period of the pre-season NHL game on September 15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)


We recently discussed the TJ Brodie issue, but there's no question that Matt Pelech is probably an even more pressing situation due to his age and waiver eligibility. Whats more, his performance in training camp has further muddied the waters.

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Peca Vs. Bouwmeester

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2010 11:04PM

Mike Peca’s critical comments regarding Jay Bouwmeester have generated quite a bit of fuss, with the Flames organization standing behind Bouwmeester, and media people standing beside Peca’s right to give his opinion.

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Training Camp Update - September 30th

Pat Steinberg
September 30 2010 02:40PM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20:  25th overall pick, Greg Nemisz of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)


A number of notes from Calgary Flames training camp on Thursday, as the team gets set for their sixth preseason game on Friday night in Edmonton.  Calgary has reassigned forward Greg Nemisz to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League, while reports suggest defenceman Staffan Kronwall has been placed on waivers.

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Thoughts, Unsorted

Kent Wilson
September 30 2010 11:34AM




There's lots of stuff going on in Flamesland today, so while I don't do these types posts often I figure it's a good time to throw down some thoughts in no particular order.

- If you're getting excited about the Flames 5-0 pre-season record well...don't. I hate to be a wet blanket (or not, since I do it all the time), but pre-season records mean absolutely nothing when it comes to predicting regular season success. If you don't believe me, observe the Edmonton Oilers, who are also undefeated. If memory serves, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a perfect 7-0 last year as well.

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