Flames to open 2016-17 with home and home with Oilers

Ryan Pike
June 20 2016 11:01AM

The Calgary Flames will open the 2016-17 season in a very familiar but very different manner. The National Hockey League today released the dates for the home openers for all 30 clubs.

The Flames will begin their home schedule on Friday, October 14 at the Scotiabank Saddledome by hosting the Edmonton Oilers. But their season will begin two days prior, as they visit the Edmonton Oilers in the first regular season game held in the new Oilers barn, Rogers Place.

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Is Marc-Andre Fleury really a fit for the Flames?

Ari Yanover
June 20 2016 10:00AM

Marc-Andre Fleury was putting together a pretty good season before a concussion on March 31 sidelined him for a month. By the time he was taking full part in practices again, Matt Murray had already won a playoff round.

Fleury ultimately only played two games en route to the Penguins' fourth Stanley Cup: the first he came in as relief during a 4-0 seemingly hopeless cause; the second, he lost with a .840 save percentage.

And thus, things seem clear for the Penguins. Murray is the guy now, and Fleury might have to go. Ideally, they keep him around as the season starts, in case Murray falters - but the expansion draft could also force things, as the Penguins would have to protect Fleury over Murray.

Fleury isn't meant to be a backup, though. And there are just a few teams in the league who need a starting goaltender, Calgary chief among them. It's a match made in heaven.

... Or is it?

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Flames Second Round Targets 2016: Tage Thompson

Ryan Pike
June 20 2016 08:00AM

Stop me if this sounds like a perfect pick for the Calgary Flames at 35th overall.

College freshman from Connecticut, playing for his hometown school in Hartford. The kid is 6'5" and 185 pounds, with a frame that can easily bulk up, and he's a right-shooting winger. Oh, and his father is a former NHLer born in Calgary, and he was born in Hartford while his father was playing for the American Hockey League's Wolf Pack.

Now, if only somehow Tage Thompson is still around when the Flames hit the podium in the second round.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Bryce Van Brabant

Taylor McKee
June 19 2016 12:00PM

It's a bit strange to think that Bryce Van Brabant has only played two fewer NHL games than Emile Poirier. Think about that for a second, it seems... impossible, especially given the fact that Poirier has 44 more AHL points than him (in only three more games). 

However, let's cast our minds back into the deep, dark recesses of the 2013-14 Flames season. There we will find the answer as to how he was able play a few games for the Flames given his ultra-low NCAA profile. In fact, we have a video of his first NHL shift after the jump. 

Oh, also, we will discuss how he did this season in Stockton. But you should read just to see this kid's first linemates. 

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Flames draft history by size

Ari Yanover
June 19 2016 10:00AM

When you have the 35th overall pick of the draft, as the Calgary Flames do, you kind of have a late first round pick, in a way. There are always some players expected to be taken in the first round who fall - and that's the value of having an early second round pick.

Some of the players to watch out for are guys who would be higher picks, easily, except for the fact that they're smaller. Vitalii Abramov, Adam Mascherin, Samuel Girard: all possibilities.

They're also names the Flames likely wouldn't have picked 10 years ago. Today, the Flames' best offensive player is listed at 5'9; one of their most anticipated prospects is 5'10. Over the past few seasons, Calgary has opened itself back up to the little guys.

In the context of size, how successful have Flames drafts over the past 10 years?

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