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Matthew Tkachuk had an injury scare in Friday's preseason game, but he was able to return and scored the game winner against Vancouver.

He was hit awkwardly into the boards during the second period. Tkachuk skated alongside Sam Bennett and Troy Bouwer in the contest. He also felt fine afterwards, which is good news as he aims to begin his rookie NHL season in 2016-17.
Oct 1 - 11:42 AM

Sam Bennett had two assists on Friday in a 2-1 win over the Canucks.

He finished his rookie year with a very respectable 18 goals and 36 points in 77 games. He'll battle with Mikael Backlund who is making his way back from a concussion sustained during the World Cup of Hockey for second line duties in Calgary. Both of his assists on Friday came on the power play. He will likely build himself a solid 40 point floor with room for more with regular time on the Flames power play unit.
Oct 1 - 12:05 AM

Troy Brouwer scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 2-1 win over the Canucks on Friday.

Both of Brouwer's goal and assist on Friday were recorded on the power play. He is a lock to get valuable minutes on one of Calgary's top two lines. He is a great player to own in leagues that award points for penalty minutes and power play goals. Look for him to surpass his career high of 43 points if he plays on a line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.
Sep 30 - 11:56 PM

Brian Elliott will play between the pipes for the Calgary Flames on Friday.

It's important to note that the plan is for Tyler Parsons to enter the game before its conclusion to get in some work as well, so it won't be surprising when Elliott doesn't finish the game. Elliott's warming up for his first campaign with Calgary after being acquired from St. Louis over the summer.
Sep 30 - 3:03 PM

Freddie Hamilton has made a good impression on Flames coach Glen Gulutzan so far in camp.

"I see (Freddie) leading every drill out here," Gulutzan said. I see him dialed into everything that we’ve talked about, systems-wise. Now, he just has to continue. The season will start and he’ll have to keep pushing and getting better, but so far I’ve really liked what I’ve seen out of Freddie." Hamilton has also scored two goals in two preseason games so far. He's on the bubble for one of the Flames' final bottom-six spots, but so far he has a solid chance of earning that role.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 30 - 10:13 AM

Mikael Backlund (concussion) feels like if it came down to it, he might have been able to play in the World Cup final.

Of course it's moot because Sweden didn't make it that far, but it does suggest that Backlund feels capable of playing at this point if there were stakes involved as the final games were on Thursday. Instead he took part in the Flames' practice Thursday while wearing a no-contact jersey. "It was fun to be back out there with the boys, and everything felt good," said Backlund. Despite his optimism, we'd still consider him day-to-day and caution against making any assumptions about his availability given how unpredictable recoveries from a concussion can be.
Sep 30 - 10:05 AM

Mikael Backlund (concussion) skated Thursday, but was wearing a non-contact jersey.

Backlund was injured while representing Sweden in the World Cup. He had 21 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 29 - 4:53 PM

Andrew Mangiapane is trying to show that, like Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, he can excel in the NHL despite being undersized by the league's standards.

Mangiapane stands at 5-foot-10, which is an inch taller than Gaudreau. He had 43 goals and 104 points in 68 OHL contests in 2014-15, but despite those impressive numbers he still slipped to the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Mangiapane followed that up with 51 goals and 106 points in 59 games last season. Now Mangiapane is looking to make the next step and while he's an underdog to make the Flames, he's used to being in that position. "I wasn’t drafted into the OHL — I was a walk-on," said Mangiapane. "I went to camp and no one knew me there and I just played really good. They decided to pick me up. I was almost like a nobody coming into it." While we wouldn't count on him being part of the Flames' opening game roster, he's someone to keep an eye on.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 29 - 10:13 AM

The Calgary Flames have sent Mason McDonald to AHL Stockton.

McDonald posted a 3.33 GAA and .902 save percentage in 39 QMJHL games in 2015-16. At the age of 20, he was never expected to make the Flames' opening game roster, but his hope is that he can show that he's ready to play for Stockton.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 29 - 10:04 AM

Jamie Devane has been cut from the Calgary Flames' training camp roster.

Devane was working with the Flames on a tryout basis, but rather than release him from that entirely, he's been reassigned to AHL Stockton. He had 11 points and 82 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests last season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 29 - 10:02 AM

Stepan Falkovsky has been reassigned to AHL Stockton.

Falkovsky had nine goals and 32 points in 58 OHL contests in 2015-16. The Flames took him with the 186th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 29 - 10:00 AM

Mikkel Aagaard has been assigned to the AHL by Calgary.

The Flames sent down eight players to Stockton, inclduing Aagaard. Mike Angelidis, Matt Bailey, Jamie Devane, Stepan Falkovsky, Keegan Kanzig, Mason McDonald, and Brett Pollock were also cut from the training camp roster on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 6:20 PM

Riley Bruce has been assigned to North Bay of the OHL.

He recorded 11 points and 52 penalty minutes in 52 games with the Battalion last season. Dillon Dube (Kelowna) and Eetu Tuulola (Everett) were returned to their junior teams as well.
Sep 28 - 6:12 PM

Ryan Culkin is healthy after enduring major wrist and shoulder injuries over the past couple years.

"I’ve definitely gone to church and said a few prayers. Knocked on wood," Culkin joked. "But hopefully I’ll be able to show what I can do with a full season under my belt." Culkin also added six pounds of muscle over the summer. His goal is naturally to push for a roster spot with Calgary, but realistically he should be expected to start the season in the minors.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 28 - 4:41 AM

Chad Johnson turned aside 21 shots in a 3-0 victory over Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Johnson was in the net for two periods before the Flames gave goalie David Rittich some work. "It’s nice to get that intensity and focus back," Johnson said. "Summer hockey is not the same. It was still scrambly at times but it’s nice to get in the game and get that flow. It felt good at the start but it was a different feel from a regular-season game." Johnson is set to serve as Calgary's backup goaltender after inking a one-year, $1.7 million deal over the summer.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 28 - 4:37 AM


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