CAMP CUTS 'BY THE MINUTE'
Nine days into training camp, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has put his team on notice.
They're in one-and-done territory. One bad practice could mean it's bag-packing time.
"Right now it's by the minute," said Hartley, who has 38 players remaining in camp. "We had set times at the start of camp for the first cut. Right now, they're all warned that one practice that we don't like, it's any time."
Figuring out who could be in the next group shuttled down to the Abbotsford Heat or back to junior might be a futile activity, though. With so many of Calgary's prospects pushing veterans, there's plenty for the coaching staff and management to argue about as it relates to who will comprise the Flames' 23-man roster for their season-opening game against the Washington Capitals on October 3rd.
"The way that management and the scouting staff has restocked our depth chart so quickly is beyond me," Hartley admitted. "It's beyond me. Last year I was in [Abbotsford] for training camp. This year I'm looking at this and even the first cuts, we had some arguments. I can't even wait for the next one. Chairs will probably be flying.
"They're making our decisions tough and that should be their role."
CABIN FEVER HITTING FLAMES
The Flames haven't played a preseason game since split-squad action against the New York Islanders on Tuesday. So naturally, things are starting to get a little intense in practice.
Hartley had no problem with it. Boys will be boys, after all.
"Two kids fighting over the Tonka truck in the sandbox," he smiled. "No problem. I love it. I love it.
"That's okay. A little friction between brothers."
PRESEASON PAINS STICKING WITH PAIR
"For Jiri and Cammi, the medical staff is telling us it's minor," Hartley updated. "They're progressing but not to a point. We won't see them on Monday."
Hartley isn't too concerned about the pair of veterans.
"Obviously they would want to play and both guys are in unbelievable shape so it's unfortunate. If they would have been out of shape and got injured, I might have a different vocabulary but those guys put in their time in the summer and those two guys are great workers.
"Right now we just have to wait. Huds tried yesterday and it wasn't good so we're not going to risk putting guys out there. My goal with those guys is to get them in Washington."
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