FN Mailbag - October 3, 2015

Kent Wilson
October 03 2015 05:38PM


Preseason is almost over for the Flames but there are still a lot of lingering roster questions. There is a traffic jam at the bottom end of Calgary's roster at every position you can name and the exhibition round didn't bring much clarity to the situation. 

Let's look at some of the hard decisions facing the club with some questions on goalies, waivers, grit and line combinations. 

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Pre-Season FGD: One Last Chance (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
October 03 2015 12:30PM

The pre-season schedule for the Calgary Flames finally ends with a second game with the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the Saddledome.

The Flames sat their big guns on Thursday and lost 3-1. They played decently, but weren't amazing in the second and third periods. Tonight, the Flames dress what's basically their opening night roster against what's basically the same Jets roster from Thursday. Want to see a reasonable facsimile of what the Flames are going to be? Tune in tonight.

It's a 7pm MT start - a rarity for a Saturday game - on TSN3's Centre Ice feed (Shaw channel 351 and check your local listings for Shaw) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Who might regression strike?

October 03 2015 10:02AM

We've danced around the R-word all of last season, and then all of this offseason: regression. In 2014-15, the Flames carried what many viewed to be an unsustainable shooting percentage. After all, they were shooting at 10.5% last season, when in 2013-14, they only shot at 9.2% - a difference of about 30 goals.

It's substantial. And if the Flames' possession woes continue, and their shooting percentage drops - after all, the league average has been 8.9% the past few seasons - then we may see a drop in goal scoring, and with that, probably wins.

However, just because team regression is expected doesn't mean it's going to affect everyone. 

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Who's Left? What's Next? And Other Questions

Ryan Pike
October 02 2015 06:15PM

The Calgary Flames made a few roster moves today.

Who's left in camp? What's going to happen next? We take a swing at the questions that you've got on your mind heading into the very end of training camp.

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Flames Make Cuts: 5 to Stockton, 1 To Waivers

Ryan Pike
October 02 2015 01:00PM

The Calgary Flames have reportedly made six roster moves today in preparation for trimming down their roster to 23 players by Tuesday afternoon.

Per a press release by the team, forward Garnet Hathaway and defenders Patrick Sieloff, Jakub Nakladal, Tyler Wotherspoon and Kenney Morrison have been sent to the AHL's Stockton Heat. (None of the five require waivers.) Also on his way out is forward Drew Shore, placed on waivers this morning (with the intention of going to the AHL should he clear).

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