News: The Calgary Flames have signed Brodie to a five-year contract extension.
Impact: Brodie is in the final year of a two-year deal signed in 2013 which paid him an average annual salary of $2.1 million. The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames.
News: Hiller stopped 34 of 35 shots Sunday in Calgary's 4-1 victory.
Impact: Hiller is on a hot streak for the Flames. He has faced 85 shots over his last two games and allowed only two goals, picking up a win in both contests.
News: Raymond scored and picked up two assists in Calgary's 4-1 win over Winnipeg.
Impact: In his first season with the Flames, Raymond leads the team with five goals and seven points.
News: Brodie signed a five-year, $23 million extension with the Flames on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Brodie has been on fire to start the season, recording seven points in his last six games. The new deal will kick in next season and keeps him in a Flames sweater through the 2019-20 campaign.
Kris Russell - #4 - Defense - 5'10" - 173lbs
News: Russell piked up an assist and went plus-3 Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets.
Impact: Russell is now plus-5 with two points and five shots on goal in his last three games. He seems to be recovering from his slow start, and last year's mark of 29 points shouldn't be too hard to replicate.
News: Colborne picked up his sixth assist of the season in a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday.
Impact: Colborne now has six points in seven games and is showing why the Flames were so excited for his second year in Calgary. While his 70-point pace may not last, the unheralded forward is still only 24 and in his second full year in the league.
Matt Stajan - #18 - Center - 6'1" - 192lbs
News: Stajan tallied his first point of the season with an assist in a 4-1 win against Winnipeg on Sunday.
Impact: Stajan has had an up and down career with Calgary, never reaching the heights he did in Toronto. The 30-year-old's best fantasy days are behind him, and he is a bottom-six center for the Flames.
Mikael Backlund - #11 - Center - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Backlund notched an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets.
Impact: Backlund now has three points in three games and looks much more comfortable after missing the preseason. After a career year in 2013-14, perhaps Backlund is finally putting it all together. Fifty points is not out of the question if Backlund can avoid injury, but health and consistency have always been issues for him.
News: Hiller stopped all but one of the 35 shots he faced in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Impact: A phenomenal outing from Hiller, who was really tested in the first and third period when his team was outshot a combined 25-11. Hiller has now won two straight games, stopping 83 of 85 shots in that span. Hiller is playing lights out right now and fantasy owners should take advantage. Remember, though, wins don't come as easy with the Flames as they did in Anaheim.
News: Brodie netted a goal in Sunday's win over Winnipeg, extending his point streak to six games.
Impact: What a start for the 24-year-old, who now has three goals and seven points in his first seven games. Brodie leads the Flames with a plus-5 rating and is currently averaging a whopping 25:10 of ice time. Playing on the top defensive pairing and top power-play unit, Brodie is well on his way to a big breakout season.
News: Wideman had a goal, an assist, four shots, two hits, and was a plus-2 in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Impact: Quite the night from Wideman, who logged 23:19 of ice time in the victory. He now has three goals and five points in his last three games after opening the season with three straight scoreless efforts. If he manages to stay healthy, there is no reason the offensive defenseman can't net 40-50 points with the Flames in 2014-15.
News: Gaudreau scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Impact: After a Mason Raymond shot was turned away, Joe Colborne passed the rebound behind the net to Gaudreau, who used his speed to score a slick wraparound goal. Gaudreau's points Sunday were the first two of the season, but if he continues to skate with Raymond and Mikael Backlund on the second line, more will follow. The 21-year-old rookie has a bright future and will be a key fantasy player in the coming years.
News: Raymond netted a goal and two assists in Sunday's win over Winnipeg.
Impact: That's seven points (five goals) in seven games for Raymond, who skated on a line with Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau Sunday. The former Leaf has fit in great with a young Calgary team, using his speed and skill to create offense. Even though it's unlikely he maintains this point-per-game pace, a 50-point season is very reachable for the speedy winger.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Engelland (lower body) will not play in Sunday's game against the Jets.
Impact: Engelland will miss his third straight game due to the injury. Details about his setback are uncertain, so it remains to be seen when he will play next.
News: Jooris sustained an upper-body injury in his NHL debut Friday and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jets, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: The undrafted free agent sparkled while playing on the Flames' top line Friday versus Edmonton, scoring a dazzling goal past netminder Sergei Bobrovsky on one of his three shots on the night. The performance probably would have afforded Jooris some more opportunities on the top line, but the untimely injury now leaves his status in some doubt.
News: Hiller will be in goal Sunday against the Jets.
Impact: After giving way to Karri Ramo on Friday night, Hiller will look to build upon the dazzling 49-save performance he turned in during Wednesday's upset victory over the Blackhawks. The phenomenal outing more than made up for a pair of lukewarm showings his first two times out this season, allowing Hiller to create some separation from Ramo in the competition for regular netminding duties.
News: Ramo gave up three goals on 26 shots in Friday's loss to Columbus.
Impact: It wasn't the best outing for Ramo, who entered Friday having won two straight games. Ramo is seen as the backup to Jonas Hiller, but he's impressed enough to earn his fair share of starts. His 2-1-0 record is uplifting, but considering he plays for a lackluster Calgary team and is battling Hiller for starts, it's hard to see Ramo putting up big numbers in 2014-15.
News: Jooris scored his first career goal in his NHL debut Friday.
Impact: It was a thing of beauty from the 24-year-old, who took a terrific stretch pass from Mark Giordano before breaking in all alone and beating Sergei Bobrovsky over the glove. Jooris, who was an undrafted free agent signing by the Flames in 2013, skated on the top line alongside Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler in the loss to Columbus. It remains to be seen if Jooris will stick with the team, but his beautiful goal Friday is certainly working in his favor.
News: Raymond netted his team-high fourth goal of the season in Friday's loss to Columbus.
Impact: Even though it won't count as a power-play goal, Raymond's third-period goal came just seconds after a Columbus penalty had expired. Raymond is off to a good start in Calgary, with four goals and 17 shots on goal through six games. Skating on the third line and playing on the power play, Raymond is likely to skate to another 40- to 50-point season in 2014-15.
News: Jooris skated on the top line with Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan at morning skate and looks like he'll play there Friday against the Blue Jackets, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old Jooris was a standout for the Flames in training camp, but after he was among the final cuts, it wasn't expected that he'd arrive back in Calgary quite so soon. Johnny Gaudreau is expected to head to the press box to make room for Jooris, who will probably need to impress immediately in order to stick on the top line.
News: Gaudreau is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Friday against the Blue Jackets, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: The arrival of Josh Jooris from AHL Adirondack as well as the expected return of Lance Bouma from a facial injury looks like it will result in the removal of both Gaudreau and Devin Setoguchi from the lineup. Expected to be one of the better contributors of a weak Flames offense, Gaudreau has struggled mightily in the team's first five games, mustering just one shot on goal. It may not be long before the Flames send Gaudreau to Adirondack to regain some confidence.
News: Bouma (face) returned to the Flames' lineup Friday against the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Bouma was dealing with a facial injury that held him out of Wednesday's contest, but took the ice in morning skate Friday and is back in the lineup.
News: Bouma (face) was on the ice for Friday's morning skate, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Coach Bob Hartley said that the Flames are still pondering a number of game-time decisions for Friday's tilt with the Blue Jackets, so despite his presence at morning skate, there's no guarantee Bouma will suit up for the game. A concussion has already been ruled out for Bouma, but his facial injuries could still be bothersome enough to send him to the press box for a second straight contest.
News: Ramo will be in goal Friday against the Blue Jackets, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Impact: Although Jonas Hiller turned in arguably the best outing by any goalie this season Wednesday against the Blackhawks -- saving 49 of 50 shot attempts in an overtime win -- Ramo has kept himself in the conversation for starts by his own early successes. Ramo has won both of his starts while turning away 57 of 61 shot attempts (.934 save percentage), doing well to build off of his strong finish to the 2013-14 campaign. He'll try to measure up Friday against former Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who gets the start in the net for the opposition.
News: Gaudreau has only one shot on goal and no points in five games to open the season.
Impact: Gaudreau certainly has the talent to compete, but it's probably going to take a little time in the AHL to adjust. His playing time has been cut the last few games and unless he starts improving fast, he is likely heading to Adirondack.
Kris Russell - #4 - Defense - 5'10" - 173lbs
News: Russell scored his first point of the season Wednesday in a 2-1 overtime win against Chicago.
Impact: Russell is off to a slow start after scoring nearly 30 points in 2013-14. His previous high in points was 19, so it's hard to tell whether these five games are just a sluggish start to the season or a more realistic indicator of his scoring ability.
News: With another assist Wednesday, Colborne now has five assists in five games.
Impact: Colborne is off to a terrific start after a mini-breakout season in 2013-14, averaging a point a game. He's not likely to get 82 assists this season, but 40 to 50 points isn't completely out of the question.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Hiller made 49 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory in Chicago on Wednesday night.
Impact: Hiller had allowed a combined seven goals while losing his first two games with Calgary. He made 59 saves in a triple overtime win in Detroit in the 2009 postseason and 51 in a shootout win in Edmonton on Dec. 19, 2008.
News: Wideman scored the opening goal in a 2-1 overtime win over Chicago on Wednesday.
Impact: Wideman has had a rough start to the season, getting benched for a game, but that seems to have woken him up. He has one point in five games, but should up that production at least a little bit as time goes on.
News: The Flames placed Jones (lower body) on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Oct. 9, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Impact: Jones apparently is not ready to play after sitting out nearly a week, so the Flames decided to deactivate him to open up a roster spot, which was filled by Josh Jooris. Jones will be eligible to return to action in the next few days, but it remains to be seen when exactly he will be ready to play again.
News: The Flames called up Jooris from AHL Adirondack on Thursday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Jooris was brought up to provide some depth up front while Lance Bouma (face) and David Jones (lower body) are injured. The 24-year-old impressed during the preseason, but is not a heralded prospect, so he may serve primarily as an extra forward with the Flames.
News: Jones is on injured reserve.
Impact: He has a lower-body injury.
News: Engelland is out with a lower-body injury.
Impact: It's unclear if he'll be able to play Sunday against Winnipeg.
News: Bouma missed Wednesday's win over the Blackhawks with an upper-body injury.
Impact: It's unclear when Bouma will be able to return.
Mikael Backlund - #11 - Center - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Backlund scored the game-winner in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Despite his team being outplayed for most of the game, Backlund was able to sneak a wrister past Corey Crawford in overtime to lift the Flames to victory. The center now has a goal and an assist in five games this season.
News: Hiller stopped 49 of the 50 shots he faced in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Hiller was just about the only reason the Flames were even competitive in the game, as his team was outshot 50-18 on the night. The Flames escaped the United Center with a rare road victory, as Hiller picked up his first win of the season and further solidified himself as the team's No. 1 netminder.
News: Brodie had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over Nashville on Tuesday night.
Impact: The Calgary defenseman has two goals and two assists in his last three games.
News: Giordano had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over Nashville on Tuesday night.
Impact: Giordano has one goal and four assists during a four-game point streak to open this season.
News: Bouma has a facial injury and will not play Wednesday, the Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak reports.
Impact: It was reported earlier today that he would take the ice Wednesday, but his status apparently changed. He does not have a concussion, but the facial injury will hold him out and he should be considered day-to-day.
News: Engelland will miss Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks with a lower-body injury, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Engelland signed a three-year deal with the Flames in the offseason and has averaged nearly 18 minutes of ice time in the first four games of the season, but has yet to record a point. There's no indication that the injury is anything serious, but it will cause him to miss at least Wednesday's game. Raphael Diaz will take his spot on defense.
News: Bouma (upper body) is feeling healthy and will play Wednesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Bouma suffered the minor injury Tuesday after taking a hit from the Preds' Paul Gaustad, but it appears that the ailment wasn't significant enough to keep him out Wednesday. Assuming nothing gets further aggravated in the game, look for Bouma to be deployed by the Flames as he normally would.
News: Ramo stopped 19 of 21 shots and all three shootout tries in Tuesday's win over the Predators.
Impact: While he didn't post eye-popping stats in this one, Ramo's won both of his starts so far this year. Jonas Hiller hasn't been particularly great in either of his starts, so Ramo could start taking control of the starting job -- if he can continue keeping the Flames in games.
News: Brodie scored his second goal of the year and picked up his second assist in Tuesday's shootout win over Nashville.
Impact: He's on a three-game point streak now, working well with partner Mark Giordano on the Flames' top pairing. At age 24, Brodie could be in for a big breakout year.
News: Giordano picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Predators to push his season-opening point streak to four games.
Impact: Coming off a surprising breakout last year in which he set career highs with 14 goals and 47 points, Giordano's doing a great job early on showing it was no fluke. He picked up his first power-play goal of the season Tuesday and looks to be set up to collect plenty of points as Calgary's top offensive defenseman.
News: Bouma is day-to-day after suffering a minor injury Tuesday after taking a hit from Paul Gaustad, the Calgary Herald's Kristen Odland reports.
Impact: He will be reevaluated in Chicago and there's a possibility he could play Wednesday.
Trevor Gillies - #41 - Left Wing - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Gillies has been suspended for 12 games for a hit on the Rochester Americans' William Carrier, the Calgary Herald reports.
Impact: The 35-year-old winger is no stranger to borderline physical play, and he obviously crossed the line over the weekend. He only played nine games in the AHL last year, and it remains to be seen how much he'll play when he returns from suspension.
News: Bennett underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Impact: With the procedure behind him, Bennett will now spend the next 4-to-6 months recovering and rehabbing. He should be able to get back on the ice before the NHL's regular season ends, but it remains to be seen if he will suit up for the Flames this season.
News: Jones (lower body) did not practice Monday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Impact: Jones is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Predators, so Brian McGrattan and Raphael Diaz should be the Flames' extras once again.
News: Hiller will start in net Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Impact: Hiller will take a back seat to Karri Ramo Tuesday when the Flames take on the Sabres, but he'll be back between the pipes Wednesday. Hiller will look to improve on his first two starts, in which he allowed seven total goals and was saddled with two losses.
News: Ramo will start in net Tuesday against the Predators, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Impact: Ramo was busy in his first start of the season, stopping 38 of the 40 shots he faced in Thursday's win over the Oilers. He'll sit Wednesday in favor of Jonas Hiller when the Flames take on the Blackhawks, but that should just be considered a routine rest day as part of back-to-back games.
News: Hudler (illness) returned to practice Monday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Hudler is off to a hot start this season with two goals and an assist through two games, but missed Saturday's contest with the flu. He returned to the ice Monday, though, and should be considered fully healthy moving forward.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Hiller stopped 35 shots Saturday.
Impact: Hiller has faced 71 shots and that's too many to warrant fantasy usage.
Curtis Glencross - #20 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 197lbs
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Glencross scored the Flames' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: Blues goalie Brian Elliott shut out the Flames for 54 minutes before Glencross collected his 200th NHL point with a power-play tally to get the Flames on the board. It was something of an accomplishment that he managed to pick up a point Saturday, since top-scoring linemate Jiri Hudler was sitting due to an illness.
News: Hiller finished with 35 saves in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blues.
Impact: The Blues turned up the heat right off the opening faceoff and they soon found themselves in three-on-one on Hiller; the Blues scored and the Flames never recovered. However, the score would have been far worse had Hiller not stood on his head for the rest of the game. Unfortunately, that doesn't really help your fantasy needs. At least not right now.
News: Hudler (illness) missed Saturday night's game.
Impact: He took sick Friday night and was considered doubtful. There's no specific timeline for his return.
News: Wideman will reenter the lineup Saturday against the Blues, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Wideman was sent to the press box for a game after a dismal showing in the Flames' opener, but it appears it was just a one-game banishment. The team will count on Wideman to be a stabilizing force in their top four this season, after he supplied four goals and 17 assists in 46 games in 2013-14.
News: Hudler missed Saturday's morning skate due to an illness and is considered "very doubtful" to play against the Blues, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: The Flames possess perhaps the weakest collection of forward talent in the league, and their lack of depth could be further exposed Saturday with Hudler out of the lineup. The winger looks like the latest victim of the flu bug that has worked its way around the Calgary locker room, so he'll likely stay away from the team for the night so as not to worsen the epidemic. Hudler, who registered two goals and an assist over the team's first two contests, will be replaced in the lineup by Devin Setoguchi.
News: Jones will be held out of Saturday's game against the Blues due to a lower-body injury, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Jones wasn't on the ice for Saturday's morning skate and is considered day-to-day. He'll be replaced on the Flames' fourth line by Brian McGrattan.
News: Hiller will make the start in goal Saturday against the Blues.
Impact: Hiller turned in a lukewarm debut in Wednesday's season opener against the Canucks, taking the loss after allowing three goals on 32 shots. Karri Ramo led the Flames to a victory over the Oilers one night later, but it's believed that Hiller's two-year, $9 million contract gives him some level of stability as the team's No. 1 netminder. Hiller may be hard-pressed to deliver a respectable outing against a Blues squad that's armed with talent at forward, but he figures to create more separation from Ramo as the season progresses.
News: Brodie registered a goal and finished with a plus-2 rating in Thursday's season-opening win over the Oilers.
Impact: Brodie's power-play score in the game's final minute put the finishing touches on a dominant showing by the Flames. The 24-year-old is unlikely to ascend to the upper tiers of fantasy defensemen this season, but he should be a good complementary blueliner for most fantasy rosters while he works alongside Mark Giordano at even strength and on the power play.
News: Raymond recorded a hat trick in his second career game with the Flames at Edmonton on Thursday.
Impact: Raymond's hat trick marked the third of his career. His previous two both came against his current team.
News: Hudler had a goal and an assist in Thursday's win at Edmonton.
Impact: Hudler is off to a strong start with a goal in each of his first two games.
News: Brodie found the back of the net for the first time this season in Thursday's win at Edmonton.
Impact: Brodie is looking to carry the momentum forward after a 27-goal campaign last season.
News: Colborne tallied three assists in Thursday's win at Edmonton.
Impact: The performance marked the first three-point effort of Colborne's career.
News: Ramo stopped 38 of 40 shots Thursday in a win over the Oilers.
Impact: After Jonas Hiller took the loss Wednesday, the Flames jumped right to Ramo on Thursday, and he delivered an impressive outing that has us wondering who'll start for the Flames on Saturday in St. Louis.
News: Hudler scored a goal and chipped in an assist Thursday in a win over the Oilers.
Impact: With a goal in the season opener Wednesday, too, Hudler's officially off to a hot start. He should be in line for another 50-point campaign as one of Calgary's top scoring options.
News: Colborne picked up three assists -- one on each goal of Mason Raymond's hat trick -- in Thursday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: Two games into the season, Colborne's compiled four assists -- a fine start following a 2013-14 campaign in which he collected just 28 points. It'll be good to see him put some pucks in the net before we get too excited about this start, but at just 24 years old, the former first-round pick has great size and the skill to make plays with the puck, so he's an upside grab right now.
News: Raymond scored a trio of goals to power the Flames to Thursday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: After a quiet first game in Calgary -- he went minus-2 without a point Wednesday -- Raymond blew up in a big way Thursday, making the team feel better about the three-year contract he signed this offseason. Nonetheless, Raymond's only cleared 50 points in a season one time, and that was 2009-10, so we'll need to see more before we cry, "Breakout!"
News: Bennett will undergo surgery on his shoulder next week and miss four-to-six months.
Impact: Considered one of the more NHL-ready prospects selected in June's Entry Draft, Bennett could have his first professional season wiped out completely as a result of the procedure. Fortunately, the Flames believe Bennett will make a full recovery from the surgery, with no long-term impact on his health. Even so, the news represents a clear roadblock in the development of a player that the Flames were hoping would make an impact for their team in 2014-15. In addition to the surgery possibly ending Bennett's season, he'll also be forced to sit out the IIHF World Junior Championship in December.
News: Wideman will be scratched from the lineup Thursday against the Oilers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: The highest-paid player on the Flames' roster, Wideman had a brutal game in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Canucks, particularly on his own end. He also took a big hit from the Canucks' Alex Burrows in the game, though it sounds like he'll only be sitting due to performance reasons rather than injury. In any case, the Flames are hoping the night out of the lineup will motivate Wideman to deliver a bounce-back performance his next time out. Raphael Diaz will fill in for Wideman on the blue line, pairing up with Ladislav Smid.
News: Despite nearly missing the game with an illness, Monahan grabbed an assist in a 4-2 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday.
Impact: Monahan may have the most scoring ability of anyone in Calgary, and is off to a great start once again despite being sick. After scoring 22 goals last season and joining the first line to start the year, Monahan has a chance at putting up 50 points this season.
Paul Byron - #32 - Center - 5'9" - 170lbs
News: Byron was the first Flame to score this season, potting a goal in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Byron is one of the fastest skaters on the roster, and showed it on his first goal. He picked up a point about every other game last season, and if he can stay healthy, may replicate a similar pace this year.
Devin Setoguchi - #22 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Setoguchi was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver.
Impact: Setoguchi had 27 points with Winnipeg last season, but seems to have been passed by some of the younger forwards in Calgary. Coach Bob Hartley does not hesitate to make lineup changes, however, so he may see the ice as soon as Thursday at Edmonton.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Hiller turned away 29 of 32 shots in his first game with the Flames on Wednesday.
Impact: Hiller will give way to Karri Ramo, who will start in net Thursday against Edmonton.
News: Giordano recorded an assist on Jiri Hudler's goal in Wednesday's opening night loss to the Canucks.
Impact: He also fired two shots on net and skated to a team-high 25:39 of ice time (4:40 on the power play, also a team high) while recording a plus-1 rating. Regarded as one of the higher-end fantasy options on the blue line this season after last year's 47 points in 64 games, Giordano should find the scoresheet more often than not -- as long as the offense in front of him produces.
News: Hudler scored a goal and recorded three shots on net in Wednesday's opening-night loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Calgary's top offensive weapon and subsequent fantasy commodity (outside of D-man Mark Giordano), Hudler pleased fantasy owners by finding the scoresheet early. He also spent 2:25 on the man advantage and should be a consistent, albeit unspectacular, source of secondary scoring for owners this year.
News: Hiller gave up three goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's season opener against the visiting Canucks.
Impact: The Swiss netminder saw plenty of rubber early in his first game with the Flames, as Vancouver fired 13 shots on net in each of the first two periods. Hiller kept it close, though -- something the Flames and their often anemic offense will need this season -- before an empty-netter sealed a 4-2 victory for the Orcas. Look for Hiller to continue to get the nod between the pipes as long as he's playing well.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Monahan (illness) participated in pregame warm-ups Wednesday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Monahan missed Wednesday's morning skate due to illness, but it appears he'll attempt to give it a go for the Flames' season opener against the Canucks.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Monahan was out sick for Wednesday's morning skate and is questionable to play in the team's opener against the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: After a 22-goal rookie campaign, Monahan is set to open the season as the top-line center for the Flames. The bout with illness makes him a dicey play in daily or weekly formats, but his outlook remains shiny for season-long leagues, with his numbers likely to notice improvement across the board.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Bennett needs shoulder surgery and is expected to be sidelined four to six months.
Impact: The 18-year-old Bennett, the fourth overall draft pick this year, had 36 goals and 55 assists in 57 games last season for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League.
Corey Potter - #28 - Defense - 6'3" - 206lbs
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Potter will begin the season on the injured non-roster list.
Impact: It's unclear when Potter will be back with the Flames.
Nolan Yonkman - #38 - Defense - 6'6" - 247lbs
News: Yonkman agreed to a contract with AHL Adirondack on Tuesday.
Impact: Yonkman took part in the Flames' training camp on a professional tryout contract, but was released by the team last week. He'll stick in the organization as depth on the blue line for Calgary's affiliate in Adirondack.
Corey Potter - #28 - Defense - 6'3" - 206lbs
News: Potter (shoulder) was placed on the Flames' injured non-roster list Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Potter won't officially count as a member of the 23-man roster, and there's a good chance the Flames will send him to the minors once he's deemed healthy. The 30-year-old blueliner appeared in 19 games for the Oilers and Bruins last season, tallying no goals and five assists.
Markus Granlund - #60 - Center - 5'11" - 185lbs
News: Granlund was assigned to AHL Adirondack on Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: A concussion suffered Sept. 27 sidelined Granlund for the remainder of the Flames' preseason games thereafter, likely dashing his chances of staking a claim to a roster spot. On a positive note, he was able to get a skate in Monday, and the fact that he was assigned to the minors rather than injured reserve suggests he's been cleared for contact.
News: Bennett (shoulder) will begin the season with the Flames as a non-roster injured player, the Canadian Press reports.
Impact: It's suspected that Bennett is dealing with a serious shoulder injury, but because the Flames won't find out for a few days just how severe the ailment is, he'll remain in roster limbo. It's feared that the No. 4 overall pick in June's draft -- who was a bubble candidate to make the roster before the injury surfaced -- could require surgery, an outcome that would likely sideline him for the bulk of the 2014-15 season. Keep tabs of the situation over the next couple of days until the Flames provide more clarity on Bennett's situation, but it's growing unlikely that he'll make much of an NHL impact as an 18-year-old.
News: Ramo will start Thursday against the Oilers.
Impact: Fellow goalie Jonas Hiller will get the start in Wednesday's season opener, but Ramo will get the nod a day later. Expect the duo to share the goaltending duties in some fashion for the Flames early on.
News: Hiller will be in goal Wednesday against the Canucks.
Impact: Hiller will get the nod in the Flames' season opener, but he will share time right away, as Karri Ramo is lined up to start the Flames' second game of the season Thursday. Hiller has gone 11-5-3 in 20 career games against the Canucks.
News: Bennett will likely require shoulder surgery and could be out several months, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Impact: The Flames are expected to make an official announcement regarding Bennett's health this afternoon, and it appears the news will not be good. Expect an update on Bennett's status following Tuesday's announcement.
Tyler Wotherspoon - #26 - Defense - 6'1" - 203lbs
News: Wotherspoon (shoulder) was assigned to AHL Adirondack on Monday.
Impact: With the signing of free agent Raphael Diaz on Monday, Wotherspoon was the odd man out and will begin the 2014-15 season in the minors, barring an injury from his fellow defensemen in Calgary. While this diminishes his value, he'll likely get an opportunity to play in the majors at some point during the season, considering that he was on the cusp of making the 23-man roster.
Raphael Diaz - #33 - Defense - 5'11" - 197lbs
News: Diaz and the Flames agreed to a one-year deal Monday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Diaz was invited to training camp and parlayed the tryout into a deal worth a reported $700,000. The 28-year-old will likely be one of the lowest guys on the defensive totem pole, but will provide depth at that spot on the roster nonetheless.
Markus Granlund - #60 - Center - 5'11" - 185lbs
News: Granlund (concussion) skated Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Impact: Granlund will still need to be cleared for contact before he can suit up for a game, but it looks like he's progressing. He collected two goals and an assist in seven games last season, and is expected to be a big part of an exciting young Flames team this season.