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Three biggest questions facing Flames entering training camp

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CALGARY – The Calgary Flames will open camp Thursday with questions about their goaltending, second-line personnel, the impact of Milan Lucic, Mark Giordano’s defensive partner and the status of Andrew Mangiapane.

Then there’s the debate over whether this team can handle the increased expectations that come with finishing second overall a year earlier.

However, the biggest issues looming over the team this fall currently revolve around Matthew Tkachuk.

The 21-year-old winger is amongst a group of the league’s top restricted free agents who continue to play the waiting game with designs on their brethren raising everyone’s price tag with every new deal.

Until Tkachuk shows up in Calgary with a new deal in hand he will continue to be the biggest talking point, as he was all summer.

Current cap space: $7.75 million

GM: Brad Treliving

Head coach: Bill Peters

Assistants: Ryan Huska, Geoff Ward, Martin Gelinas

Unsigned players: Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangiapane

How much will Matthew Tkachuk be signed for?

Go ahead and predict whether Tkachuk’s annual salary will start with the number seven, eight or nine – Calgarians have been debating it all summer long.

Depending on the term, his annual take-home could sway several million dollars.

His desire is to follow his pal, Auston Matthews, by signing a five-year pact that will walk him to an even larger payday as an unrestricted free agent.

The Flames would rather he sign........

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