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Flames trim roster, cut 7 players

Following yesterday’s preseason game with the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames’ head coach Glen Gulutzan aimed to get the roster down to a single on-ice group. They haven’t gone quite that far, but they’ve assigned seven players to the minors and gotten their roster down to 40 players.

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This looks like the Sam Bennett we’ve been waiting for. Now what?

As a general rule, when a team loses, its players look bad. And when a team wins, its players look good. There will almost always be exceptions to this, but it’s pretty par for the course, ultimately. Throw in the fact that it’s preseason, and it’s important to keep emotions and perceptions in check. But…

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Post-Game: Flames tame Coyotes in preseason tilt

The Calgary Flames dressed a veteran-laden lineup against a young Vancouver Canucks squad on Wednesday evening and they lost. Tonight, they did the same thing against the Arizona Coyotes and won by a 4-2 score at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The big difference? For arguably the first time this exhibition season, the Flames’ key players showed…

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FGD: Flames host the Desert Dogs (7pm MT, no TV)

The Calgary Flames have yet to win in the preseason. But that’s not really what preseason’s all about; the seven games of warm-up are primarily to build chemistry, prevent injury, and decide a handful of jobs on the fringes of the team’s roster. The Flames host the Arizona Coyotes in their fourth preseason game –…

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Morgan Klimchuk is the under-the-radar first rounder

When the Calgary Flames dropped the puck on their preseason schedule, they dressed seven first round selections in their two games with Edmonton. Three of them are NHL regulars – Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett. Two of them are older picks who have dipped their toes into NHL waters – Mark Jankowski and…

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The Roundup

Looking at Joffrey Lupul and the Leafs; Curtis Lazar on the bubble in Calgary; Now is the time for the Wings to trade Mike Green;  the NHL crackdown on slashing and faceoff infractions; Arena battles, training camp news and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the Daily Dugout.

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Is this the last hurrah for a pair of Flames prospects?

Tuesday saw the Calgary Flames assign goaltender Mason McDonald and forward Hunter Smith to Stockton of the American Hockey League as part of a sizeable first round of training camp cuts. Both Smith and McDonald are 2014 second round picks, with the former entering the final year of his entry level deal, and it’s not…

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On the Bubble: Foo a fascinating find

When Kris Versteeg decided to defect from desolate Edmonton and play for the Calgary Flames instead, he was greeted with fame and fortune from the day he signed his contract. Calgary fans collectively rejoiced when Spencer Foo followed suit, choosing to leave his hometown Oilers and play for the Flames. One of the most sought…

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Post-Game: Flames fall to Canucks farmhands

It’s the preseason, but wins are better than losses. Ignoring results entirely, good efforts are infinitely better than bad ones – especially when a team is icing a roster of guys trying to crack a big league roster. The Calgary Flames hosted the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night – more precisely, a cobbled-together group of…