Preseason Games Nos. 1 and 2: Splitsville

Ryan Lambert
September 21 2010 04:51PM

Today is the first day we will see NHL players doing their jobs in a competitive format since last June, and it's been considerably longer than that since we saw anyone do it in a Flames jersey. Whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen, I suppose, but as far as the competition goes, well, you may want to temper your excitement.

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Preseason Gameday Update - September 21st

Pat Steinberg
September 21 2010 01:12PM

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 5: Olli Jokinen #21 and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skate against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center March 5, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flames defeated the Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the Calgary Flames get set for the Vancouver Canucks in a split squad affair tonight, here's what we can tell you.  I think everybody gets the concept now, one game in Calgary (7 pm, FAN 960 and Sportsnet Flames) and one game in Vancouver (8 pm).  But we can also give you a little more as to what you'll see, specifically at the Dome this evening.

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Flames Game Day(s): Prelude

Robert Cleave
September 20 2010 11:12PM


UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames waits for a face off 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)



The Flames begin the preliminary phase of the season with a pair of encounters against the Canucks, and while the pre-season has merely been a place for the veterans to ease in to things for past clubs, this fall might actually see an expensive player have a meeting with the Turk. That decision is still a few weeks out, though, so this evening will mostly act as a last chance for a few marginal types to get a game in the Flaming C before being sent away.


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Red and White Game Observations

Kent Wilson
September 20 2010 04:33PM

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen skates with the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Calgary in this January 13, 2010 file photo. Flames general manager Darryl Sutter announced on July 1, 2010 that Jokinen has been signed to a two-year contract with the Flames starting this September. REUTERS/Todd Korol/Files  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


I managed to catch a large portion of the Flames intra squad game this afternoon. Here are some of my thoughts and obseervations in no discernable order:

- The speed and intensity for what was a largely meaningless scrimmage was up there. It was, for example, far more interesting than the NHL all-star game (but what isn't right?). Nobody was taking a day off this afternoon and that included the vets.

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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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