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Calgary Flames and free agent frenzy – who’s in and who’s out

02 Jul

The Calgary Flames signed three guys, Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland. Hiller will make $4.5M/season in a two-year deal, Raymond will make just over $3M for three years, and Engelland will make $2.9M for three seasons. More info on each is below.

Mike Cammalleri went to New Jersey for a nice $25M, 5-year deal. Good for Cammy, he deserved that. Joey MacDonald went to the Montreal Canadiens, in a move that didn’t surprise anyone. And role players Ben Street signed with Colorado while Blair Jones went to Philadelphia. Calgary signed Paul Byron for another year at $600,000.

The Calgary Flames also tendered qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: Chad BillinsLance BoumaJoe ColborneMark CundariBen Hanowski, and Joni Ortio.

On draft day the Flames traded the 83rd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft for Brandon Bollig of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jarome Iginla went to the Colorado Avalanche shortly after they lost fan favourite in Paul Stastny. The Avalanche signed Iginla to a three-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday. Iginla scored 30 goals and had 31 assists in 78 games with the Boston Bruins last season. Since Calgary was needing to get to the cap, and Iggy doesn’t seem too concerned about winning a Cup, this deal confirms that the Iginla to Calgary Bridge has been burned. 

More on the free agents:

  • Hiller, a native of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, has spent the last seven seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Last season, Hiller played in 50 games with a 29-13-7 record, five shutouts, 2.48 goals against average and a .911% save percentage. He has 326 career games with a 162-110-32 record with the Ducks.
  • Mason, a native of Calgary, Alberta, spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing all 82 games netting 19 goals and adding 26 assists for 45 points and 22 penalty minutes. He has played 456 career games with 99 goals and 124 assists for 223 points in addition to 55 playoff games where he scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.
  • Engelland, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has spent the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season, he played in 56 games netting six goals and six assists for 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He has amassed 243 career NHL games with 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points and 308 penalty minutes.

Calgary Flames Free Agent tracker

 

Flames draft Sam Bennett 4th overall

27 Jun

Bennett, a native of Holland Landing, Ont., had 91 points this past season for the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, where he played for ex-Flames centre Doug Gilmour. The six-foot 178-pounder was named OHL player of the year this past season. He’s seen as a high-energy player with skills in all areas of the ice.

Bennett has elite talent, but his lack of size and his failure to do even one pull-up at the scouting combine means he may be one year away from playing in the NHL. He will get his nine-game tryout, after which his new team will decide to either keep him in the NHL or return him to Kingston for one more year of junior hockey. Either way, he’ll be in the NHL by 2015-16 at the latest.

At his top potential, Bennett is an All-Star, first-line center who can top out at 90-95 points. He could become a team captain down the road and a regular at the NHL Awards and All-Star Game.

Bennett can score 30-35 goals a year with his hockey smarts and his habit of keeping his stick on the ice. His vision and playmaking skills mean he is capable of 50-60 assists as well. He should be one of those players who makes his linemates better.

Here is how the Flames picked the rest of the 2014 draft:

Round Pick Overall Pick Team Player Drafted Position Nationality Height Weight League Hometown
1 4 4 CGY SAMUEL BENNETT C CAN 6′ 0″ 178 OHL KINGSTON
2 4 34 CGY MASON MCDONALD G CAN 6′ 4″ 178 QMJHL CHARLOTTETOWN
2 24 54 CGY HUNTER SMITH RW CAN 6′ 6″ 208 OHL OSHAWA
3 4 64 CGY BRANDON HICKEY D CAN 6′ 1″ 177 AJHL SPRUCE GROVE
6 25 175 CGY ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON D SWE 6′ 4″ 209 SWEDEN-JR. DJURGARDEN JR.
7 4 184 CGY AUSTIN CARROLL RW CAN 6′ 3″ 216 WHL VICTORIA
 

Brad Treliving named GM of the Calgary Flames

28 Apr

Wait, who? Yeah I’ve never heard of him either.

In his position with Calgary, Treliving will report directly to President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. He will be responsible for all team personnel decisions, both players and staff; manage the amateur and pro scouting staffs; as well as other administrative duties required of the general manager. He is also responsible for all player personnel assignments with Flames’ minor league affiliates.

Treliving has been Don Maloney’s right-hand man in Phoenix and is a very knowledgeable hockey mind. He played the game himself and even ran the Central League for seven years before coming to the Coyotes, where he ran both AHL Portland and the team’s scouting department.

It will be interesting to see what Treliving can do in Calgary, since the Coyotes were always constrained by financial issues. He and Maloney still managed to take an also-ran franchise and turn it into a contender when they teamed up in 2007-08, getting the Coyotes into the playoffs two seasons later and even winning a division title in 2011-12.

 

Canucks 1, Flames 5

14 Apr

The Flames finished 2013/14 in style with a nice submissive loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.

Of course since both teams suck, the storyline for the night was that Sister Daniel Sedin was taken to the hospital after a hit into the boards from NHL giant Paul Byron. Byron is listed as 5’7? and 153 lbs. I know it’s horrible to say after someone leaves the ice on a stretcher, but the hit was clean. It was an unfortunate accident. Byron will not be suspended and that’s the NHL saying as such.

The other story of the night was that the Flames signed someone even smaller than Byron, Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey is 5’9″ and 150 lbs. So I guess by training camp he’ll be bigger than Byron. Poor Paul Byron.

Well here’s to the end of the first season of the rebuild, although I think we all know it’s year 4 of the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-rebuild. Enjoy the playoffs Flames fans, I hope you have another team to root for.

 

Flames 4, Kings 3 (SO)

10 Apr

Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal of the year and also the shootout winner, which came after the Flames blew a 3-0 lead late in the second period. The Kings scored twice in 29 seconds to eliminate most of the Flames’ surprising outburst. Karri Ramo once again played fantastic, with the exception of those 29 seconds, leading the Flames to their fourth win in a row. Don’t they know that they are just hurting their draft pick situation with every meaningless win?

Here are the records for the bottom 10 teams in the league. Notice anything out of the ordinary? I guess Ottawa has won a couple, but the Flames four wins has moved them past the Islanders and they are more likely to pass Carolina in the standings than be caught by the Isle.

20 TORONTO - LOST 2

21 NASHVILLE – OT 1

22 OTTAWA – WON 2

23 VANCOUVER – LOST 1

24 WINNIPEG – LOST 1

25 CAROLINA – LOST 2

26 CALGARY – WON 4

27 NY ISLANDERS – LOST 2

28 EDMONTON – LOST 1

29 FLORIDA – LOST 1

30 BUFFALO – LOST 4

 

Flames 1, Devils 0

08 Apr

The Flames played a good game, and Ramo played a great one. However the Devils needed to win that game, the Flames needed to lose it.

The Devils outshot Calgary 22-16 through two periods, and finished with a 31-22 advantage. New Jersey also did not allow the Flames a shot on goal in a 15-minute span between the first and second periods.

Calgary is now ahead of the Islanders and would pick 5th overall if the draft were today . This is not the way they are supposed to be playing the last 10 games of the season.

 

Flames 2, Panthers 1

07 Apr

The Flames took two games in two nights in Florida, after beating Roberto Luongo’s Panthers in yet another one-goal game.

Kenny Agostino scored his first NHL goal and Joey MacDonald came up huge, the third-stringer stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period alone.

The list of Flames who are either hurt or gone for personal reasons grew as well, with the addition of Backlund, Byron, Stajan and Wotherspoon. The list is now at nine:

 

Flames 4, Lightning 1

04 Apr

Ben Bishop collects two assists in 15 seconds to help Calgary to a quick 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay. That would be enough as the Flames rolled to an easy 4-1 victory.

No, Bishop isn’t the latest Abbotsford call-up. He’s this puck-handling goaltender:

 

Senators 6, Flames 3 and Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2

02 Apr

I can’t believe we lost to both Ottawa and Toronto.

The Flames, who lost 6-3 to the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday and were officially eliminated from the playoffs, were playing the second of five consecutive road games Tuesday. Their next game is Thursday at Tampa Bay against the Lightning.

Flames D Dennis Wideman (upper body), RW David Jones (upper body), D Ladislav Smid (upper body) and C Markus Granlund (shoulder) were out.

 

Ducks 3, Flames 2 (Flames 3, Sharks 2 SO; Flames 8, Oilers 1)

27 Mar

After going down by one, the Flames had a two-goal second period lead by Calgary hands-man Brian McGrattan. However the Big Ern’s performance wasn’t enough as Anaheim scored two in the third to win this one by a single goal. The 44th time Calgary has been on either end of a one-goal-game this year.

Karri Ramo played fantastic against a much different version of the Ducks compared to the last time they were here. It’s too bad Calgary couldn’t have at least got him a point for his efforts.

I also missed the Flames win over the Sharks on Monday, and the debacle up in Edmonton on Saturday. What can I say? I was busy.

 
 
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