CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

Calgary Flames Invite Brayden Burke to Camp

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2016-08-31

Not related to Brian Burke. The Lethbridge Herald is reporting that the Flames have invited Lethbridge Hurricanes star Brayden Burke to their training camp. When I say star, I mean that Brayden Burke was a dominant point producer in the WHL last season. As a 19-year-old, he finished third in the entire WHL in scoring, posting 27 goals and 82 assists for a grand total of 109 points in 72 games played. Burke was understandably passed over in his first year of NHL Draft eligibility, after posting up 34 points in 41 games. However, he was once again passed over in his second go through of the draft, even after his prolific offensive season. He is not the biggest guy, at 5’10”, 160 L

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Can Matthew Tkachuk crack this year's NHL roster?

Source: Flames Nation
Date: 2016-08-31

Embed from Getty Images The question above has been asked frequently since the Flames drafted Tkachuk sixth overall in June. In fact, since Sean Monahan scored 20 goals as a freshly drafted 18-year-old a few years ago, we've been asking this question annually about different Calgary prospects to varying degrees. But what about Tkachuk? Can he make this roster out of camp? And can he stay there all season long?

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #3 Jon Gillies

Source: Flames Nation
Date: 2016-08-31

One year ago, Jon Gillies was the Flames' best goaltending prospect looking to make his mark in the pros after a spectacular college career. And now... well nothing much has changed. Gillies played just seven games for the Stockton Heat before being shut down for season-ending hip surgery. Brad Treliving's addition of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson means Gillies will get at least another development year at the AHL level. How Gillis does this year will likely dictate what management does on the goaltending front next. If he can dominate on the farm, Gillies will likely displace one of the incumbents on the parent club next year. He comes in at #3 on our Top 20 Prospects. Last year, he

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Pacific Division Offseason Roster Recap

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2016-08-31

Listing the moves made by the 7 Pacific Division Teams The NHL offseason fully began over ten weeks ago when the Stanley Cup was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since then, teams have been busy making decisions that will impact their rosters next season, and for many years ahead. Within the Pacific Division, each team had its own issues to address, and its own plans for the offseason. For example, here in Calgary the Flames had to find new and better goaltenders which they swiftly did. Each team had to improve their team while also ensuring they stay away from salary cap problems down the line. For simplicity’s sake, I left out roster moves that didn’t involve notable NHLers as we

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Calgary Flames give Chris Higgins a shot at making roster, bring him in for training camp on professional tryout

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2016-08-31

His first stint with the Calgary Flames was short-lived — he arrived on scene a month before the trade deadline in 2010 and departed as a free agent after that season, having logged only a dozen appearances for the locals.

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World Cup of Hockey summer check-in: Team USA

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2016-08-30

With World Cup of Hockey training camps set to open next week in North America and Europe, let’s catch up on what’s been happening over the course of the summer with each of the eight competing teams. Today: Team USA Training camp sites: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Sept. 5-9; Verizon Center, Washington D.C., Sept. 11-13. Summer headlines: •Lombardi wants U.S. World Cup team to win like it’s 1996 •Lightning’s Callahan out five months following hip surgery •Team USA replaces Callahan with Palmieri for World Cup Team captain: TBD Assistant captains: TBD Front-office refresher: GM: Dean Lombardi Head coach: John Tortorella Other Staff: Paul Holmgren, Brian Burke, Jim Johannson (man

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Poll: When Will Johnny Gaudreau Sign With Calgary?

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2016-08-30

We’re asking you your opinion on the matter. As we sit and wait for the Flames and Johnny Gaudreau to reach a new deal, we decided to ask you, the fan, when you think Gaudreau and the Flames willl come to an agreement on a new contract. Vote away! When will Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames reach a deal? Before the World Cup Of Hockey? After the World Cup Of Hockey? Poll Maker

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How the Capitals almost lost two coaches to other NHL teams

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2016-08-30

ARLINGTON, Va. — After the best regular season in franchise history, the Washington Capitals almost lost two assistant coaches to other NHL teams. Todd Reirden was a finalist for the Calgary Flames’ head coaching job and Lane Lambert for the Colorado Avalanche’s. The Flames hired Glen Gulutzan in June, and then after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy the Avalanche hired Jared Bednar last week. That left Jack Adams Award-winning coach Barry Trotz’s staff intact for another run at the Stanley Cup. Trotz was selfishly glad to still have Reirden and Lambert on the bench, especially considering the Capitals have most of their players back and are again a Cup fa

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Calgary Flames sign Chris Higgins to professional try-out

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2016-08-30

CALGARY — Forward Chris Higgins will join the Calgary Flames’ training camp on a professional try-out. The Smithtown, N.Y. native spent the last six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, notching 62 goals and 80 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 314 games. The Canucks placed Higgins on waivers in June with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract. It capped a rough 2015-16 season for veteran forward, who was squeezed out of the Canucks’ lineup and had a 22-game stint with the AHL’s Utica Comets. Prior to sending Higgins to the minors, the Canucks took the unusual step of announcing publicly they were trying to deal him to another team in order to make

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Forward Jarret Stoll to attend Blue Jackets’ camp on PTO

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2016-08-30

Forward Jarret Stoll will attend Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp on a professional try-out, the team announced Tuesday. Jarret Stoll (@jarretstoll) will attend #CBJ training camp on a professional tryout. pic.twitter.com/f5xP5vYaV4 — ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) August 30, 2016 The Melville, Saskatchewan, native spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, scoring four goals and totalling nine points in 80 games. The Wild claimed Stoll off waivers from the Rangers in December of 2015. The Calgary Flames originally selected Stoll in the second round, 46th overall, at the 2000 NHL Draft. Upon re-entering the draft, Stoll was selected in t

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Matthew Tkachuk on making the Flames: ‘It’s gotta be earned’

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2016-08-30

Most people would be willing to wager that at least the top two picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, will be NHLers this season. Jesse Puljujarvi should make a strong case to fit on the Oilers as well. After that, training camps will determine how many other first-round picks stick with their teams, whether it’s for a nine-game regular-season tryout, or the full 82-game schedule. Matthew Tkachuk, the sixth overall pick and a Calgary Flames prospect, is one of those youngsters who will make a strong case at camp to stick with his team. He scored 30 goals and 107 points in 57 games with the Memorial Cup-winning London Knights last season, but usually it’s

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Calgary Flames Bring in Chris Higgins on a PTO

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2016-08-30

As training camp continues to get closer, you will hear of more and more players accepting PTOs (Professional Tryouts). This essentially allows a team to bring in a player for the training camp and preseason without a contract, creating the opportunity for the player to earn an actual contract with the club, or be cut and sent away. PTOs have zero risk for the team, but are beneficial in getting a close look at how a player may fit into the organization without having to commit to them until they have proven their worth. Today, the Flames announced they have extended a PTO to a former Flame, Chris Higgins. If you do not recall Chris Higgins ever being a Flame, you are forgiven. He pl

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