The Calgary Flames got two pre-season games out of the way in one evening on Sunday. Now they look forward to the next one. That means some tweaks to the groups and one anticipated return.
Andrew Mangiapane skated with a main group on Monday for the first time, alongside newcomer Nazem Kadri. Joining them in Group B was prospect Matthew Phillips, who had a great game in Vancouver.
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Jonathan Huberdeau flashed his sick skills and scored in his Calgary Flames debut at the Saddledome.
Dillon Dube defended his Fittest Flame title. He also made a brief comment on the Hockey Canada stuff this week.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving is still looking to make his club better. And he’s got a logjam of defenders available. But Noah Hanifin is not being shopped.
Is veteran sniper Tyler Toffoli in for a career year on a line with Huberdeau?
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VAN: New Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev had an unfortunate start to his Canucks debut, leaving with an injury in the second period against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver.
VAN: The Canucks perspective on the games against the Calgary Flames.
MTL: The Montreal Canadiens still want to make changes to their roster before the end of camp and waivers could be an interesting avenue for them.
MTL: With several openings on the blueline, the Habs will likely ice an inexperienced defensive group full of potential.
NHL News, Notes and National Hockey Now
SJS: Timo Meier’s camp isn’t expecting a contract offer from the San Jose Sharks during the season according to his agent.
DAL: The talk surrounding the Dallas Stars for years has been about improving their mediocre offensive output. But have they done enough to address this very crucial need?
NYI: New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert isn’t “married to anything right now.” He is willing to let training camp dictate his roster decisions.
BOS: Boston Bruins defenceman Jakub Zboril is happy to have the endless bag skates and solitary rehab experience of last season’s knee surgery behind him. And he is absolutely showing it on the ice.
PGH: The “developmental” roster got a good look at what the Pittsburgh Penguins want them to become. They faced an NHL-calibre roster in their preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
PHI: This is starting to look like last season. The Philadelphia Flyers are again decimated by injuries — and the season hasn’t even started.
WSH: As Connor McMichael stands in the Washington Capitals dressing room, he looks — and sounds — like a different player.
FLA: The Staal family was finishing up a round of golf at Pebble Beach when Marc’s phone rang. The Florida Panthers were calling.
DET: Training camp isn’t even a week old already, the injury list of the Detroit Red Wings is five deep.
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