World Cup of Hockey schedule released; Monahan, Gaudreau to be insured by NHL/NHLPA if unsigned

With the World Cup of Hockey’s return, we don’t have to wait until October to see meaningful games played anymore. Sure, we still have to wait that long for the actual Calgary Flames to return to action – but as far as competitive games between high-end talent go, Sept. 17 is the date to watch out for.

And even though they remain unsigned, that high-end talent should still include Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.


So even if two of the Flames’ best don’t have contracts by the time the World Cup starts – and that would really be something – they should still be dressing for Team North America.

In addition to Gaudreau and Monahan, the Flames have two other players partaking in the World Cup of Hockey. Jyrki Jokipakka will dress for Team Finland, while Michael Frolik will represent the Czech Republic. (So will Jakub Nakladal, for that matter, who serves as another point of interest if he’s ever re-signed.)

That leaves just three teams for Flames fans to watch, plus Team Canada if you really want to. But with Team North America, what’s the point?

Here’s the schedule for the tournament. Bolded are games Flames players will appear in.

Date Time (MT) Game
Sept. 17 1:30 p.m. USA vs. Europe
6 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Canada
Sept. 18 1 p.m. Sweden vs. Russia
6 p.m. North America vs. Finland
Sept. 19 1 p.m. Europe vs. Czech Republic

6 p.m. Russia vs. North America
Sept. 20 1 p.m. Finland vs. Sweden
6 p.m. Canada vs. USA
Sept. 21 1 p.m. North America vs. Sweden
6 p.m. Europe vs. Canada
Sept. 22 1 p.m. Finland vs. Russia

6 p.m. USA vs. Czech Republic
Sept. 24 5 p.m. Semifinal one
Sept. 25 11 a.m. Semifinal two
Sept. 27 6 p.m. Final: Game one
Sept. 29 6 p.m. Final: Game two
Oct. 1 5 p.m. Final: Game three (if necessary

There’s at least one Flame playing every day – and at its peak, three will play on Sept. 19. 

The games will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, although it’s not completely clear which specific channels just yet.

    • jakethesnail

      Sportsnet holds the rights in Canada and ESPN in the USA. Don’t know if that precludes Gamecentre showing games.

      The final World Cup of Hockey broadcast schedule has almost the entire slate on ESPN or ESPN2

      The only game not on ESPN or ESPN2 is the Canada vs. Czech Republic game on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. eastern which is on ESPNews. This likely has to do with ESPN’s extensive college football broadcast commitments that day.

  • Petzl

    Can we please sign NAK! God damn it! He will be cheap, and he was noticeably effective last year. I hope the reason we’re not signing him because we want to leave space for one of the young-uns to try to make the team as a 7th D (none of them are especially close to being ready to challenge outside of maybe spoon)

    • Baalzamon

      Given how long Nakladal has gone without being signed by ANYONE, I think it’s safe to assume by now that the Flames have promised him a camp invite and a contract when Smid is on LTIR.

      BTW if not for all the expensive bottom pair defensemen in the organization, Wotherspoon and Kulak would both be full time players already. They’re both pretty reasonable 5/6 guys right now.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        I think it’s a bit of a shame that the 5/6/7 spots are being occupied by an offensive/PP specialist and two guys totalling $6.4m. What would the team really be lacking without $11.65m being spent on those three guys?

        The AHL is getting clogged up due to not being able to graduate D-men or spend useful minutes on the ones that need the most. As it stands now, we have Kulak, Culkin, Spoon, and Morrison that could be used as either a injury call-up or a #7D. Doesn’t even include the likes of Andersson (should he turn pro) or Kylington. Kanzig should be getting AHL minute to continue his development as well. Dyukov has to fight to get minutes too. That’s 8 guys in the AHL.

        • The GREAT Walter White

          There are worse things than having your AHL team clogged up with NHL players…. Up north they have their NHL team clogged up with AHL players…..

          WW

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        That seems to be the only thing that would make sense. It has to be a gentleman’s agreement that both parties feel comfortable with. I realize the Czech team likely won’t be that strong but they clearly see Nakladal worthy of a spot.

      • freethe flames

        Is Nak not going to be plying at the World Cup during training camp? If that is so does it not throw this theory into doubt?

        Also having extra NHL potential defenders might allow for a trade to meet other needs.

  • jakethesnail

    I predict that Johnny and Monny will be in Calgary just prior to the beginning of World Cup training camps which start September 4th – for the announcement that they have signed new deals!

    No sense breaking up their summer now; it will be a long season for the Flames as they will be making the playoffs!

  • The Fall

    What exactly does “Insured by NHL/NHLPA” mean…?

    If an RFA gets injured, that seriously messes with their value to the club and to their long term earnings. No way will the PA insurance pays out $7M a year to Johnny if he gets hurt in this garbage tournament.

    I highly doubt they play if they’re not signed.

  • Just.Visiting

    For context, this is my first comment on the site, and this question is what ultimately prompted a long time lurker to join.

    My favourite player as a kid was Yvan Cournoyer. For those of you not familiar with him, he was a smallish left hand shot who played the right wing and was one of the best RW in the league for many years.

    Given the many concerns raised about a lack of depth on the right side, I’ve wondered for some time whether JG should be switched to RW. This would position him to weave his magic closer to the centre of the zone and make it easier to bring the Flames mobile defence into the play. In addition, he would be better positioned to avoid blind side hits.

    I seem to recall data showing that many of his shots and goals were from the right side of the zone anyway, notwithstanding the position at which he lines up for a face-off.

    Thoughts?

  • Just.Visiting

    Ooops…A late thought on my post above about possibly moving JG to the right side.

    This would set up a completely different dynamic with SM, since JG would be on his forehand side. It facilitates better passing between them, which offers particular benefits if Sean is near the net and open.

    • supra steve

      But then the problem is that SM is on Gaudreau’s backhand side. SM is (currently) the triggerman (like Steve Shutt), and JG the setup magician. He most certainly does that job best from the left side.

      JG is not the Flames Cournoyer…he is their Lafleur. Not in that they are exactly the same player, but in that they were/are the most skilled players on their teams.

      I was a Lafleur guy. 🙂

      Thanks for joining up.

  • Just.Visiting

    Yes. I had thought about that just after I did the second post.

    You are correct on the straight rush when he is in full motion, albeit this would see the passer passing from the forehand in most cases.

    I was thinking more about the situation in which he is hovering in the neutral or offensive zone and turned almost sideways, positioned to advance himself or pass again.

    The potential benefits are more when he is hovering in the offensive zone in quarterback mode, like on a PP. When there is time, he is often turned almost sideways to have the flexibility to move to the net, pass to someone moving to the net or the defence.

    Attacking from the RS offers a better vision as he does his magic.

    Ultimately, the question comes from some data about his shots and goals that I thought had been posted here some time ago and his propensity to be attacking from the RS, notwithstanding his notional LW position.

    I think that it would be very interesting to see that data again and look at it through a different lens to assess the degree to which the data confirms the hypothesis.

    • Kevin R

      I think when in doubt go with what works & JG & SM have been just awesome to watch these last 2 years. If we can find that magic for Bennett & have two magical lines working, that’s when this team becomes a contender. Not sure if Tkachuk will be the JG for Bennett. But then I remember a few of Bennetts rushes & amazing moves & he tends to play more like JG & therefore maybe Tkachuk is that sniper like SM. So they may be exactly what we are looking for. I am hoping a kid like Magniapane dazzles us with Bennett in camp & sticks like Gaudreau did. I am just so stoked we have such a nice young talented looking team & the days of the old grey balls are long gone. :-}

    • The GREAT Walter White

      No thanks; the Flames don’t need McDavid.

      Pretending to be Hall’s bff, then behind his back demanding that Hall gets shipped out so McDavid can be seen as the team leader….. No class….

      WW

      • Dan 1919

        Execellent material WW(the truth). I’ve also heard that Geaudreau is holding out on the Flames because he wants to be traded to Edmonton to play with the next Great One. Monohan being the natural soft follower he is, is hoping to follow the little person to Edmonton… Latest on this is that Edmonton will take them both as a trick, then trade the two softesties for draft picks and continue to win Stabley Cups from where they left off in the 80’s.
        A Gretzky is back in the city of Champions, it’s only a matter of time now.

        I do my best to match my comment quality with that of WW.

        Mentor to WW.