September 26 2015 03:30PM
Arguably the most rigorous portion of the pre-season schedule will be polished off tonight in Vancouver, as the Calgary Flames complete a stretch of three exhibition games in three nights (in three cities) when they face off against the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in two days.
The Flames dressed a mostly-NHL roster last night and beat the Utica Comets, er, Vancouver's third and fourth lines and a bunch of good AHL kids by a 4-1 score. Tonight, the shoe's on the other foot as the Flames send their Not Ready For Primetime Players to the lower mainland to face the NHL roster of the Canucks.
Catch it all on Sportsnet West (with Vancouver's broadcast team) or on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias) starting at 8pm MT.
September 26 2015 12:43PM
The Calgary Flames made a couple roster moves today as they continue to trim down their camp numbers as the season approaches.
The club announced earlier today that defender Dustin Stevenson, in camp with an AHL contract, has been assigned to that league's Stockton Heat. Mason McDonald has also been sent home, as he'll return to the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islanders to kick off their season.
Roster numbers and an injury update after the jump!
September 26 2015 12:17PM
Brad Treliving did a lot to plug roster holes this season, but the Flames still have at least one, big question mark remaining: who plays LW in the top 6? After Johnny Gaudreau there's a lot of kids, hopefuls, checkers and unknowns. Of the preseason training camp battles (7th defender, starting/backup goalie), the top-6 LWer might be the toughest to handicap.
Here are the current candidates to fill the gap.
September 26 2015 11:00AM
The waiver wire officially opened yesterday in the National Hockey League, as we're now 12 days away from the beginning of the 2015-16 season. That means that the Calgary Flames will need to expose a bunch of players to waivers for them to go down.
So who needs to clear waivers to leave town, and who doesn't?
Here's a handy rundown (ignoring Blair Riley and Dustin Stevenson, who don't have contracts):
September 25 2015 11:18PM
Tonight's game at the Scotiabank Saddledome didn't matter.
It was so inconsequential, so insignificant, that they played a bit of three-on-three overtime for practice anyway. Not to determine the game, mind you, but because it's pre-season and seemingly the NHL wants to emphasize how much the games don't count as meaningful competition.
But despite how much these games don't count in the standings, you can tell the Calgary Flames really love beating the Vancouver Canucks. Dressing a good chunk of their probable opening night roster, the Flames skated to a 4-1 victory tonight to even their pre-season record at 2-2 - for whatever it's worth.