Flames Assign Andrew Mangiapane To OHL

View image | gettyimages.com He had a good showing, but it was not meant to be – at least this season. Despite a pretty good showing in Penticton and a decent training camp with the NHL group, 19-year-old winger Andrew Mangiapane has been returned to the OHL’s Barrie Colts.

2015-16 Reasonable Expectations: Mikael Backlund

View image | gettyimages.com It’s no secret that we’re fans of Mikael Backlund around these parts. And it’s not without good reason. Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames way back in 2007, Mikael Backlund was a promising young center from Sweden that the club hoped would come over to North America and contribute. While he…

The Cap, Waivers, and the Defenseman Shuffle

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames are in good shape defensively heading into the 2015-16 season. They have a roster full of established National Hockey League defenders, with seven players on one-way deals – though Ladislav Smid will likely be on the non-roster injured list for the first part of the season. But looking…

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The compelling case of Ryan Wilson

When the Calgary Flames invited free agent defenceman Ryan Wilson to camp on a PTO this summer, my interest was immediately piqued. Wilson had always been an interesting player for me going back to his brief time in the Flames organization in 2008-2009. It’s true that the last few years haven’t gone his way thanks…

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A Balanced Look at the Canucks

We’ll begin this year’s team forecast with something a little different from last year’s Flames series (links for part one, two and three). This year we’re going to start by looking at two Pacific Division rivals before we get to the Flames, particularly two teams the Flames may well end up battling to try and…

Pre-Season Post-Game: Flames Extinguished (Twice)

View image | gettyimages.com It was a tale of two cities on Monday night, as the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers did battle in both cities in split squad action. What resulted was more or less what you would expect from a pair of contests with players playing high-level hockey against actual opposition for the…