Training Camp Day 1: A Live Blog

#485119629 / gettyimages.com Ladies and gents, the 2014-15 Calgary Flames main camp has begun. Intrepid boy reporter Ryan Pike is down at Winsport all day, checking out both scrimmages and seeing what there is to see. He may also get lunch, he’s not sure yet. Anyhow, keep your eyes here all day as we’ll have…

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THE ROUNDUP

Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week’s Roundup.

2014-15 Flames Main Camp Begins

#479890919 / gettyimages.com Last week was the precursor. The real thing starts today. The Calgary Flames officially kick off their 2014-15 training camp today at Winsport. 65 players will report. By the time everything’s said and done on October 7, that number will be trimmed down by 42 – to the opening 23-man roster. Here’s…

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Five things: We have to talk

1. This is an important conversation Even if you search really hard, you will probably not be able to find someone as enthusiastic as me about the chances of Johnny Gaudreau making an impact in the NHL this season. I think he has an incredibly high ceiling and is — without equivocation — a player who’s…

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NATION NETWORK SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN

Last week we designed a survey to get a better understanding of what works on the Nation Network and what doesn’t. The answers that came back were all across the spectrum – some provided great insight, others provided a good laugh, others made us want to rethink our chosen profession.  We sat down at Nation HQ…

Prospect FGD: Flames vs. Dinos (7pm MT)

#127920802 / gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames look to close out prospect camp on a positive note. They’ll have their hands full when they return home and visit Father David Bauer Arena to tangle with the University of Calgary Dinos, arguably Canada’s second-or-third-best university team. The Dinos are preparing to begin their season, while the Flames…

Why a Norris might be in T.J. Brodie’s future: The Duncan Keith comparison

#483379279 / gettyimages.com It was the 2008 rookie tournament in Camrose when T.J. Brodie first caught my attention. The team’s fourth-round pick that year quickly flashed his puck-handling skills and his smooth skating ability while playing mostly beside big, lumbering blueliner Matt Pelech. He made his share of mistakes, as kids with that kind of…

Prospect Post-Game: Flames Close It Out

#479890883 / gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames entered the final game of the Young Stars Classic hoping to leave Penticton with a winning record. Mission accomplished, as the Flames regrouped after an uneven first period and were opportunistic in the second period to stake themselves to a lead. They ultimately closed out the tournament with a…

Prospect FGD: Flames vs. Canucks (6:30pm MT)

#451377160 / gettyimages.com The final game of the Penticton Young Stars Classic tournament for your Calgary Flames will also be the final game of the tournament as a whole, as they face-off against the host Vancouver Canucks (6pm MT; Fan 960 and Flames.com webcast). Hopefully there’s no line brawl.. The Flames split their two games…

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Prospect Post-Game: (Penalty) Boxed Out

The Flames and Oilers crossed paths in the first installment of this year’s Battle of Alberta, pitting their top prospects against each other. The unfortunate result for the boys in red was a 4-3 setback. And it was entirely preventable, with the culprit being the many, many power-plays their undisciplined play gave the Edmonton Oilers.

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Flames Young Stars Game One: Johnny Hockey

Flames PP with a clean look The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I’m judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.  The Flames got off to a promising, if sloppy start at the Young Stars Tournament against the Jets. The game was a high-pace, end-to-end…