As the week goes on more updates are slowly filtering in from the NHL side of things; today deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that he expects the CBA ratification process to be completed by Saturday, giving teams the green light to open training camps on Sunday, January 13th.

While no opening night schedule has been confirmed as of yet, the Saddledome is booked for a Roughnecks game on January 19th so it appears the Flames will begin the season on the road. Peter Maher said today that the team expects to face off against the Oilers at Rexall Place:

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Peter Maher says it's likely Calgary opens on the road in Edmonton on January 19th. #Flames

However, the shortened season featuring exclusively intra-conference games poses a roadblock for the League's plan to have all 30 teams in action on opening night, with an uneven number of teams in each conference.