NHL Rumors: Calgary Flames, and the Idea of PTOs

Sportsnet: Pat Steinberg and Calgary Flames GM Craig Conroy on Sportsnet 960 radio on PTOs and their gamers with a year left on their agreements.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Steinberg: “Interesting, and I understand you’ve yapped about, not leaving areas open for young gamers by default, however having that chance so possibly is an area that they might win in training school.

We’ve seen great deals of PTOs revealed around the league. Are we anticipating any of those for your group in between now and camp?

Conroy: “You know I mean, I think for us we said we want these guys to play. Our mandate to pro scouts will be, watch the PTOs on other teams. Watch guys that might go on waivers. Watch players that might be available. And there are still players that are unsigned. You know, so, as much as we say we want to give these guys an opportunity, it’s not we’re going to give them.”

Steinberg: “You’re not gifting it to them.”

Conroy: “No. No. And so you understand the required, like I stated, all the scouts. We’re truly, when you go to these exhibit video games, you track these people who are on PTOs, that may be on waivers, that may be complimentary, and we’ll be trying to find people that haven’t signed yet.

So, those are the locations we will be however we’ll likewise have the ability to see our people real play video games with NHL gamers.

Steinberg: “Is your training camp roster set? Is it good to go or are there a couple things you’re looking at?”

Conroy: “You know there’s always, you’re talking to agents. You’re talking to players. But it is really about we kind of said we’re going to do something and as much as it would be easy to add a couple PTOs right now, you know, I think we want to see these guys. We’re gonna give them a chance. The easy thing would be to added PTOs. But again, is that the model in my mind? Probably not. No.”



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