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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/7/16 Edition

With each passing day, the NHL season looms ever closer, and with it the need for the league’s 30 member clubs to trim their rosters down to 23 names. Friday was, once again, a busy waiver day, with a few interesting options hitting the wire.

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Realistic Expectations: Troy Brouwer

Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports When the Calgary Flames signed Troy Brouwer, the intention was obvious: acquire a veteran right winger who can score. Jiri Hudler, he is not; Hudler actually had more points in 2015-16, even though that season was regarded as not as great for him. But Brouwer provides a much more physical presence….

Report: Linden Vey, Tyler Wotherspoon on waivers

Embed from Getty Images Following yesterday’s game in Vancouver, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan reportedly wanted to get the team’s playing roster cut down to the opening night group so he could fine-tune systems and other such things. Given the many impending moves today, we’ve had the first ones: Linden Vey and Tyler Wotherspoon…

The state of the race: the bitter end

Embed from Getty Images The preseason is over. The Calgary Flames have many, many jobs that are still in question. How did the various contenders fare during their exhibition games? Who, if anybody, stood out? Who is destined for NHL employment? The short answer? Matthew Tkachuk, and nobody.

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Realistic Expectations: Sam Bennett

Embed from Getty Images What’s his age again? This roster has seen a lot of turnover and replacement, but a lot is still the same, specifically with regards to lines and pairings. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will still be on the first line, and Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund will still be pals on the shutdown line. Matt Stajan…

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The Roundup

  Connor McDavid named Oilers Captain, the best Leafs jokes on the Internet, Canucks navigating potholes, Tkachuk has made the Flames for now, Red Wings have a new – MUST SEE goal celebration, Jets making the playoffs, the World Cup, Fantasy hockey, previewing every division in hockey and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent…

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Post-Game: Canucked

In the final game of the 2016-17 exhibition season for the Calgary Flames, roughly four or five jobs were up for grabs. With that in mind, Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan devised a roster of players on the cusp of grabbing a roster spot, probably with the hope that all of that desperation would elevate…