Flames open competition to qualify for Cup

Calgary Flames to use top 20 players in training camp, regardless of position in regular season, when facing Winnipeg Jets in Stanley Cup Playoffs, top five, said general manager Brad Treliving on Friday.

“We have 30 guys, whoever they are, who come to camp, and because of the uniqueness of the situation, camp is important,” said Treliving. “The top 20 plays. It’s not one of those things where (you say),” OK let’s take the first third of the season and see where everyone goes. “It doesn’t matter if you played Stockton (American Hockey League) or if you played 10 games here or if you played 70 games here. Can you help us beat Winnipeg? If the answer is yes, then you are in .

“This is not a development camp. It is a playoff preparation camp.”

Training camp, which is phase 3 of the NHL return to play plan, is slated to begin on July 10.

A start date for Phase 4, which begins with qualifying, has not been announced. The playoffs will include 16 teams, eight from the Eastern Conference and eight from the Western Conference, playing in the best of 5 rounds and the top four teams from each conference playing a round robin to determine the standings for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two hub cities – one for the 12 participating Western Conference teams, one for the 12 eastern teams – have not been announced.

The Flames had a percentage of 0.564 points and are the No. 8 seeded player in the Western Conference. The Jets had a percentage of 0.563 points and are the No. 9 seed. The NHL season was interrupted on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus.

“Our group has been together for most of the season,” said Treliving. “We know who everyone is. It is important, even some of the guys who come … the guys who played for us this year, they come here and I think they want to push to show that they are ready to help us. This creates great competition in the camp. That is the main objective. “

Treliving said several players who have spent all or most of the season with Stockton will have a camp look, including forward Alan Quine, Byron Froese, defenseman Austin Czarnik Alexander Yelesinand goalkeeper Jon Gillies, who each have NHL experience.

Quine had 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) in 38 games with Stockton and played 106 NHL games with the New York Islanders and Flames. He also had five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 playoff games with the Islanders in 2016.

Treliving said that what the Flames will experience at training camp is the same as what the other 24 teams will experience before qualifying.

“The objective of the 24 teams is to know how to keep our team informed,” he said. “How do we get to our” A “game when we haven’t played for so long? As much as the guys are going to break down, I think if you ask the 24 coaches, they spent a lot of their time on , ‘How can I get our group back and shoot all the cylinders and get our chemistry back, and how can we get ready and get through a camp that can engage the guys as quickly as possible when we go through such a unique moment? compared to spending every waking moment trying to break up the opponent. “

NHL.com independent correspondent Aaron Vickers contributed to this report

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