Preseason Gameday Update – September 25th

The Calgary Flames will play their third preseason game tonight at the Saddledome when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 pm, The Fan 960).  Calgary hasn’t played since Tuesday, when they took 3-2 and 3-1 wins against the Vancouver Canucks.  Tampa Bay is coming off a game Thursday in Edmonton, where they fell…

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September 24 News and Notes

  The exhibition season has arrived, so the round-up finally has actual news to review. This week, the Flames take two from the Canucks, but not without a toll, hope springs eternal at everyone else’s camps, and Brooks Orpik adds another questionable hit to his resume.

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Training Camp Roster Reduced by 14

The Calgary Flames reduced their training camp roster by 14 players on Friday morning, sending all 14 players to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.  Of the players, Mitch Wahl is probably the most surprising to be assigned, mostly because of how he’s impressed as of late.

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The Sudden Importance of Craig Conroy

  A few weeks ago, word was that Daymond Langkow was nearing 100% and may be able to return to duty a lot sooner than expected. Cap problems bloomed in light of the news, but the Flames center depth wasn’t in question. Fast forward to this past Wednesday morning and the situation has reverse itself:…

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Stick-It to Prostate Cancer

    We here at the Nation were recently contacted by Paul Jenkins of Prostate Cancer Canada. He asked if we could share information on their upcoming "Stick-It to Prostate Cancer" ball hockey tournament. It’s a good a organization and a good cause, so without further ado…

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Stajan Out Indefinetely

The Calgary Flames announced today forward Matt Stajan will be out indefinetely after suffering a seperated shoulder in a preseason game in Vancouver Tuesday night.  Stajan joins Daymond Langkow on the shelf, and both players don’t have a set timetable to return at this time.

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Splitsville Post-game

Boxscore (3-2) Boxscore (3-1) Highlights The Flames beat the Canucks kids/hopefuls yesterday in both games, 3-2 at home and 3-1 in Vancouver. I missed the action for both owing to some cable confusion, but the gamethread below has some on-the-fly observations for those looking for re-caps. Other thoughts and such are welcome in the comments. Luckily,…

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Preseason Games Nos. 1 and 2: Splitsville

Today is the first day we will see NHL players doing their jobs in a competitive format since last June, and it’s been considerably longer than that since we saw anyone do it in a Flames jersey. Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen, I suppose, but as far as the…

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Preseason Gameday Update – September 21st

As the Calgary Flames get set for the Vancouver Canucks in a split squad affair tonight, here’s what we can tell you.  I think everybody gets the concept now, one game in Calgary (7 pm, FAN 960 and Sportsnet Flames) and one game in Vancouver (8 pm).  But we can also give you a little more as…

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Flames Game Day(s): Prelude

      The Flames begin the preliminary phase of the season with a pair of encounters against the Canucks, and while the pre-season has merely been a place for the veterans to ease in to things for past clubs, this fall might actually see an expensive player have a meeting with the Turk. That…

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Red and White Game Observations

  I managed to catch a large portion of the Flames intra squad game this afternoon. Here are some of my thoughts and obseervations in no discernable order: – The speed and intensity for what was a largely meaningless scrimmage was up there. It was, for example, far more interesting than the NHL all-star game…

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