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The Edmonton Oilers’ Anton Slepyshev had the only goal until the final seconds of play against the Calgary Flames in a split squad game contested in Calgary Monday night. Edmonton ended the game on top with a score of 2 – 1.

Slepyshev stood tall until the 18:57 minute mark of the third period when teammate Jere Sallinen scored a second goal. Mark Giordano kept the Flames from getting shutout with a power play goal nine seconds before the end of the show. In 11 games for the Oilers last year, Slepyshev failed to score a goal, but had one assist. Giordano scored 21 times in 82 games for the Flames.
Sep 26 - 11:51 PM

Alex Chiasson is looking to crack the Calgary Flames lineup and is happy to have Glen Gulutzan as his head coach once again.

Chiasson played for Gulutzan in Dallas but was traded to Ottawa while Gulutzan was eventually let go by the Stars. The duo is back together in Calgary after the Flames hired Gulutzan in the off-season and traded for Chiasson shortly thereafter. "I feel like the style of play like Glen uses … I know what he’s going to be asking out of me," he said. "I think, for me, it’s to go back to what made me successful in the net and on the forecheck. At the same time, I know from talking to (Gulutzan), things aren’t going to be handed to me." Chiasson had only eight goals and 14 points in 77 games for the Senators last season so he certainly is not going to get anything handed to him.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 25 - 6:15 AM

Eetu Tuulola will play for Everett of the WHL this season.

The Finnish forward was selected in the sixth round in the 2016 Draft and is thrilled to be at the Flames camp. "The first time I walked into the locker-room, I saw all the NHL players and I was a little bit nervous because I’ve never been in this situation before," Tuulola said. "I was a little nervous before I went on the ice. But I enjoyed my time. This is a good way to learn what the older guys do." The 18-year-old actually saw action in 10 SM-liiga games last season, the top league in Finland and managed to pick up an assist. It should be at least a few years before Tuulola sees regular duty in the NHL, and that is if he continues to progress.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 25 - 5:54 AM

Mikael Backlund has left Team Sweden to do his concussion rehab in Calgary.

Backlund sustained the ailment during Sweden's match with Finland when Sami Lepisto hit him square in the face. Obviously leaving the World Cup early is not a good sign, however it is not clear how serious his symptoms are at the moment. Stay tuned.
Sep 24 - 2:52 PM

Matthew Tkachuk worked alongside Sam Bennett and Troy Brouwer during Friday's practice.

It was the first skate of the Flames' training camp as Tkachuk begins the next phase of his fight to earn a roster spot with the club. It's still early, but it sounds like so far, so good. "With Tkachuk being around the game so much, being in NHL dressing rooms with his dad, I think he’s got some comfort," Brouwer said. "I sat beside him in the dressing room…we had a good chat about St. Louis and a lot of other things. I think he’s doing really well with the whole being in the NHL for the first time – for himself." If you're not already familiar with Matthew Tkachuk, then yes, he is Keith Tkachuk's son. The younger Tkachuk was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 30 goals and 107 points in 57 games with the OHL's London Knights.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 24 - 5:54 AM

Freddie Hamilton has inked a two-year, $1.225 million deal with the Calgary Flames.

Hamilton is set to make $575,000 this season and $650,000 in 2017-18. The deal is one-way, so he won't take a pay cut even if he ends up in the minors. He had a goal and an assist in four contests with Calgary last season along with 18 goals and 43 points in 62 AHL games.
Sep 23 - 10:25 AM

With Team North America eliminated from the World Cup, the focus will shift back to the fact that Johnny Gaudreau still doesn't have a contract.

Maybe that fact will change rather quickly, but until it does Gaudreau probably won't report to training camp. Usually when a young player misses most or all of a team's camp because of ongoing contract negotiations it's a troubling sign for the regular season. After it might lead to them being behind the curve in terms of readiness come the season opener, but given that Gaudreau played in the World Cup that might be less of a factor.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 23 - 10:21 AM

Ladislav Smid (neck) hasn't decided if he wants to retire yet, per Flames GM Brad Treliving.

Smid is still just 30 years old, but he's dealing with a neck injury that's serious enough to keep him out of the entire 2016-17 campaign at the least. With that in mind it's not clear what the future holds for Smid, though the Flames might have some scouting work available for him.
Sep 22 - 4:40 PM

Sean Monahan is day-to-day with a strained back.

It seems the Calgary Flames are being cautious with Monahan and there's no reason not to be given that we're still weeks away from the season opener. Monahan sustained the ailment while training earlier this month.
Sep 22 - 2:21 PM

The Calgary Flames have confirmed that Mikael Backlund is dealing with a concussion.

Backlund sustained the injury while representing Team Sweden in the World Cup. The hope is that he'll be able to start skating in the near future.
Sep 22 - 12:20 PM

Ladislav Smid (neck) will miss the entire 2016-17 campaign.

Smid had no points in 22 games last season. He has just one season left on his four-year, $14 million contract with the Calgary Flames, so it wouldn't be surprising if he's played in his last game with the club. The question is if he's played in his last game entirely. The fact that he's been ruled out for the entire season in September speaks to the seriousness of his condition, but he's still just 30 years old.
Sep 22 - 12:18 PM

Following up on the previous report that Mikael Backlund might have suffered a concussion, if it happened it was on Tuesday when he was hit by Sami Lepisto.

Backlund was representing Sweden in their 2-0 victory over Finland. The Flames have doctors in Toronto for the World Cup, so they can monitor Backlund.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 22 - 9:53 AM

Brian Elliott will kickoff his tenure with the Calgary Flames on Thursday when their training camp begins with player physicals.

Calgary acquired Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, which was then used on Jordan Kyrou. "This one is going to be different," said Elliott. "Different isn’t bad. Change is welcome in my books. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited for it. It’s all about meeting your teammates and going through those struggles at camp. Sometimes it’s a grind but you get through it together." Goaltending was a serious issue for the Flames last season and they're hoping that Elliott is the solution. He had a 2.07 GAA and .930 save percentage in 42 games in 2015-16.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 22 - 9:50 AM

The Calgary Flames have signed Colby Robak to a PTO.

Robak last played in the NHL during the 2014-15 season with Florida and Anaheim. He spent all of last season on AHL Rochester. Calgary is pretty stacked on the blue line, which means that Robak's chances of making the team are slim to none.
Sep 21 - 10:48 PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Luke Adam to a professional tryout.

The 26-year-old last played in the NHL for Columbus during the 2014-15 season. He spent all of last year with AHL Hartford (Rangers' affiliate), where he scored 12 goals and 29 points in 59 games. He's a long shot to make the team out of training camp.
Sep 21 - 10:43 PM


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