Flames say they will be ready for next season


Calgary Flames president Ken King addressed the massive flooding that left the team’s Scotiabank Saddledome in a press conference on Saturday, including a prediction that the team will be prepared for the 2013-14 season.

“We are going to be ready for the start of the season,” King said.

We’ll see if the Saddledome itself is good to go, though.

King said that the flooding is currently resting at the eighth row.

” … It is a total loss on the event level,” King said. “It’s very difficult to describe millions, millions of gallons of water sitting (in the Saddledome).”

Update: the team has a gallery of photos, including this disturbing image:


Vice president of building operations Libby Raines seems optimistic about the Saddeldome’s long-term viability.

“We’re fairly confident that we’re structurally intact,” Raines said. “The water is receding now.”

It sounds like the Flames still have a lot to sort out, but at least they’re positive about getting through some challenging times.

The team is also getting behind the community, as you can see from this “#wearecalgary” campaign.


‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”