Fireside Chat kicks off our third season as we look at some of the off-season moves the Flames made, we look at who we think will make the team in each position, we talk about the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, and look ahead to training camp.

The following players have been re-assigned to the Adirondack Flames:
Trevor Gillies (F)
Ben Hanowski (F)
Mathieu Tousignant (F)
Bryce Van Brabant (F)
Curtis Gedig (F)
Ken Agostino (F)
Garnet Hathaway (F)
David Wolf (F)
Dustin Stevenson (D)
Doug Carr (G)
Brad Thiessen (G)

In addition to that, Keegan Kanzig has been returned to Victoria in the WHL.

More cuts will be coming soon as there are 25 forwards, 17 defensemen, and three goalies.

Tonight the Flames hosted the Arizona Coyotes in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Sylvan Lake was the winner of the Kraft Hockeyville tournament for 2014 and as such they were chosen as the host of tonight’s game. This is the first time since Hockeyville was first started in 2006 that the Flames have been involved in one of the games. Vancouver, Buffalo and Atlanta have each won previously with Montréal being victorious twice in prior Hockeyville games. As the winner of the tournament, Sylvan Lake received $100,000 in arena upgrades, in addition to hosting tonight’s game.

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Most of our listeners think they’d make a great NHL General Manager.  Want to show us that you’re the best armchair GM in the C of Red? We’re considering setting up a fantasy hockey league for Fireside hosts and fans to play together this season, but we want to know if there would be enough demand for a league before we get one going.  We’ll even throw in a little prize pack for the winner of the league if we get one going.

Let us know if you’d like to join us, and if we get enough response we’ll setup a league, and post info here and on the show. What sort of league would you want to play in?


Over the past couple weeks, the Calgary Flames have made a few alterations to their roster. They have inked both winger Devin Setoguchi and Defenseman Corey Potter to contracts. Setoguchi’s is a one way deal and Potter’s a two way contract. Potter will likely be starting the season as a mentor in the AHL, replacing the role of Chad Billins. In addition to those two, the Flames have also invited Sheldon Brookbank to training camp as a potential 7th defenseman.

Stats for 2013-2014

Setoguchi – Jets – 75 GP 11 G 16 A 27 Points
Potter – Oilers/Bruins – 19 GP 0 G 5 A 5 Points
Brookbank – Blackhawks – 48 GP 2 G 5 A 7 Points

Coming up soon, the Flames rookies will be in Penticton for the annual rookie tournament. They will open the tournament against Winnipeg on the 12th at 4 PM, followed by the Oilers the next day at 7:30. They close it out against Vancouver on the 15th at 5:30.

The main training camp begins on September 18th. The fun is about to begin.

One common refrain that I have encountered among Flames fans recently is a fear that Calgary will follow Edmonton in a perpetual cycle of being amongst the worst teams in the NHL. This fear of becoming Edmonton 2.0 is causing some apprehension, especially with the Flames lack of impact roster additions back on July 1st. Despite some adversity that is still to come, there are several major differences between our rebuild and the one up north. It is these differences that should put Flames fans at ease with the fact that we are not Edmonton.

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With the conclusion of the Flames July Development Camp, I will be profiling most of the notable players that participated in the camp. This will be a raw skill breakdown of the player. Knowing what each of these players has to work with, talent wise, will help to evaluate both what they need to work on, and what types of players they may become down the road.

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With the conclusion of the Flames July Development Camp, I will be profiling most of the notable players that participated in the camp. This will be a raw skill breakdown of the player. Knowing what each of these players has to work with, talent wise, will help to evaluate both what they need to work on, and what types of players they may become down the road.

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With the conclusion of the Flames July Development Camp, I will be profiling most of the notable players that participated in the camp. This will be a raw skill breakdown of the player. Knowing what each of these players has to work with, talent wise, will help to evaluate both what they need to work on, and what types of players they may become down the road.

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We spent a week at the Flames development camp watching the prospects practice and scrimmage.  We’ll let you know who looked good, what we thought of Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett, and which of the walk-on players we think should get a contract. Plus, we interviewed some of the prospects to get their thoughts and opinions on the camp and their development.