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Flames' position battles heats up

Flames goaltender Karri Ramo stops Oilers forward Linus Omark during pre-season action at Rexall...

Flames goaltender Karri Ramo stops Oilers forward Linus Omark during pre-season action at Rexall Place in Edmonton. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

CALGARY - Now, Calgary Flames training camp truly starts.

Sure, five pre-season games and series of practices are already in the books, but now that the number of players has been cut to 38 — which is still bloated because it includes a handful of injured players — we’ll get down to the short strokes between now and Oct. 1.

The players enjoyed a couple days off before returning to practices Friday through Sunday and readying for pre-season tilts Monday against the New York Rangers and Wednesday versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

There are plenty of storylines to follow over the coming week, and plenty of battles for NHL roster spots to be contested.

Here’s a look at them.


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