September 18 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
September 18 2010 02:08PM


WASHINGTON - MARCH 28: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is knocked to the ice by Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames on March 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hockey is just that much closer with the opening of camp today, and it appears from a distance that the Alberta weather is providing a proper atmosphere for the proceedings. At any rate, in this week's review of what was, the Flame youngsters finish their work in the Okanagan, the big kids report for work absent one significant figure, and the RFAs of note get contracts finalized.

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Day 1 Training Camp Update

Pat Steinberg
September 18 2010 12:27PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Niklas Hagman #11 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck 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)

Training camp is officially underway at the Saddledome with on ice sessions starting Saturday morning.  Group A skated in the early session and consisted of mostly veterans with a few prospects mixed in.  The second group was the opposite with most prospects and a few vets sprinkled in.

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Flames Training Camp Primer

Kent Wilson
September 18 2010 09:42AM

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - AUGUST 26:  Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames skates during the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut at the Hershey Centre August 26, 2009 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)


Now that the kids have been sorted, the real thing can begin this week. The Flames have posted their A and B rosters featuring 24 skaters each and 5 goalies total. The team designations are meaningful, as group A features mostly NHLers and veteran AHLers (including Cam Cunning and Mikael Backlund). Group B, on the other hand, is all kids and hopefuls, including new guys Steffan Meyer (D), JP Lamoreaux (G) and try-out Giffen Nyren (D).

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The Time is Now

Pat Steinberg
September 17 2010 07:15PM

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 24: 26th overall pick Leland Irving (C) of the Calgary Flames poses with team personal during the 2006 NHL Draft held at General Motors Place on June 24, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

It's not understating it to say Flames prospect goalies Leland Irving and Matt Keetley are both entering the most important season of their young pro careers.  A consistent and positive year for either or both players would obviously raise their stock within the organization.  However, another campaign similar to last year will bring them to a crossroads with the only pro organization they've ever known.  For both tenders, now is the time to impress.

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Flames Release the Kids

Kent Wilson
September 17 2010 12:16PM

VANCOUVER - OCTOBER 11: Ben Maxwell #16 of the Vancouver Giants skates against the Kootenay Ice during the WHL hockey game on October 11, 2005 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo By Chris Relke/Getty Images)


John Down reports today that the Flames have sent many of their junior players back to their respective clubs. Leach, Reinhart, Holland and Bennett all played minor roles in the prospect tournament, which is not uncommon for 18 and 19 year olds. Also goiing back to junior is Cam Lanigan, who was released by the Flames without being inked. That Lanigan didn't stick with the organization is no surprise either after the youngster allowed a few softies against the Vancouver kids.

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