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Robyn Regehr traded to Buffalo, Alex Tanguay signs 5-year deal

25 Jun

The Flames sent Regehr, right wing Ales Kotalik and their second-round draft pick in 2012 to the Sabres for defenseman Chris Butler and center Paul Byron. We didn’t get much in return, but can you believe that the Sabres took back Kotalik? Wow.

Also Alex Tanguay signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract. The 31-year-old will earn $3.5 million annually until he’s 36, if he can last that long. It was the length of the deal that appealed to Tanguay,because after a couple shaky seasons it would be nice to sign a long-term deal based on the most recent solid season.

On draft day, the Flames chose LW Sven Baertschi with their 13th overall pick. The 18-year-old Swiss forward impressed NHL talent scouts for his goal-getting prowess. Last year playing for the Portland Winterhawks of North America’s Western Hockey League (WHL), he led all first year players in scoring with 85 points in 66 games.

The Flames picked twice in the second round, centre Markus Granlund 45th and defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon 57th.  Click here for a list of all Calgary Flames 2011 draft picks.

The best news of all? Ryan Smyth was traded back to the Oilers, and not Calgary. Whew.

 

It’s draft day! *updated*

24 Jun

Updates:

Here is the news I’ve heard:

  • The Ryan Smyth to Calgary move cannot happen unless the Flames move someone first to free up some cap room.
  • Speaking of that, Robyn Regher has been asked to waive his no trade clause to go to Buffalo, but no word if he’s agreed to that yet. In return? Flames would get Luke Adam and the Sabres’ 15th overall pick.
  • Can you say a three-way deal with Buffalo and L.A. with Ryan Smyth and Robyn Regher?
  • Alex Tanguay’s agent and the Flames meet again today.
  • The 2011/12 NHL schedule is out. Highlights you ask? Calgary opens the season against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct 8, and on Friday, March 9 the Winnipeg Jets visit the Dome. That’s right, it’s officially the Jets.
  • Here is a nice tribute to Harley Hotchkiss from the Flames.

I know you’re dying to know what I think. So here goes.

  • Smyth to Calgary? Are you freakin’ kidding me? Why do we need to be the pasture that former stars are put out to? What a waste of money that would be.
  • Regher to Buffalo? Yup, it is time for him to go. I would let him go for a first round pick.
  • Tanguay? I’d rather he stayed, but it depends on the price.
  • The Winnipeg Jets? How could it have been any other name? Although a Jet by any other name will still be golfing in April.
 

Henrik Karlsson signs a two-year extension

20 Jun

To work with new goalie coach Clint Malarchuk to knock off Kipper as the number one guy I presume?

Henrik was the ideal back-up last year. He played well the few times he started and he has a great attitude that guys like playing for him. I still think that being a backup is the best deal in hockey, a half million a year to watch hockey at ice level? Sign me up!

In other news Jay Feaster is pleased with having the 13th pick, he’s still willing to listen to all offers from other teams. Maybe we could trade down to 14th to off-load Jokinen?

 

Vancouver’s playoff record: Riots 2 – Championships 0

17 Jun
Roberto Luongo, 0 Stanley Cups Jersey

"...only 11 more years to go on my contract."

Although I can never cheer for Vancouver, I could feel the pain Canuckleheads felt with a game seven loss. I’m not sure what would have been worse… being the number one seed and losing game seven 4-0 in your home building, or being a Cinderella story only to fall one goal short in game seven. Both hurt.

But at least we celebrate with nudity instead of burning cop cars! Welcome to the Heart of the New West!

 

Stuff the Flames own

14 Jun

With the purchase of the Calgary Roughnecks, I’ve decided to list off some stuff that the Calgary Flames own. This list is by no means either comprehensive or correct.

 

Brett Carson signs two-year deal

10 Jun

Brett Carson inked a one-way, two year deal worth $1.15 million with the Calgary Flames. The 25-year-old has two goals and 10 assists in 78 career NHL games.

The deal pays Carson $550,000 next season, and $600,000 in 2012-13. Carson was originally acquired by the Flames off waivers from Carolina in February.

“Based on his solid play at the end of last season, we believe Brett can be an every day defenseman for us,” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster. “In our end-of-season meetings, a number of our top forwards commented on his consistent ability to get the puck to them in transition, and we are confident he will continue to develop his overall game.”

 

Craig Hartsburg comin’ to town

02 Jun

Craig Hartsburg, according to a report, is about to become a member of the Calgary Flames’ coaching staff. Hartsburg and Brent Sutter go way back.

The former coached the latter during their days with the Chicago Blackhawks — one of three NHL head-coaching stops that Hartsburg has made. He’s also been the main man for the Anaheim Ducks and, most recently, the Ottawa Senators.

Hartsburg, who turns 52 later this month, has extensive assistant-coaching experience, too — with the Minnesota North Stars and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Like Sutter, he’s coached Canada to world-junior gold twice — in 2007 and 2008. Sutter turned the trick in 2005 and 2006

 

Flames lose first-round pick Tim Erixon for former 5th round pick

01 Jun

Wait what? We only have so very few of those, why are we trading him away?

According to Erixon, he simply didn’t see a future here, telling Feaster he thought young players didn’t get a chance in Calgary — a horrible reputation to tag a franchise with.

However, making the best of a bad situation, instead of getting a second round compensatory pick (54th overall) from the league had Erixon gone back into the draft, Feaster got two second rounders from the Rangers (projected at 43rd and 57th).

Feaster explains why: “Once we realized that we were not going to be able to come to terms with Tim Erixon, we wanted to make sure we turned that pick into an asset,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We are excited to be able to get a player of Roman [Horak]’s caliber in addition to landing two second round picks in the upcoming draft.”

Although Horak’s 26 goals and 52 assists for 78 points in 64 games in the AHL is nothing to sneeze at.

 

Alright, another team to hate!

01 Jun

How great is it that we now have a team that we can love to hate? For all the complaining about the Oil, Canuckleheads and the ignorant Leaf fan – wouldn’t you much prefer the emotion associated with that as compared with another game in Georgia in front of 10,000 people who couldn’t get Braves tickets?

I’m excited about the NHL coming back to Winnipeg, and not just because the Flames will get a slightly easier travel schedule and will get to face a team that has a long history of suck more often, but because it’s great to get another team in Canada. Especially so close to (relatively) to home, even though it sounds like the Jets (or whatever the new team name will be) will be a Southeastern Division team for at least one more year. Enjoy Winterpeg you teams from Florida!

Kudos to the Peg’s Golden Business Boy David Thomson for stepping up and taking what will be a huge finiacial loss to do something for the City. This calls for a little Weakerthans (I can’t wait for this song to play in every Calgary/Winnipeg warmup).

A tribute to One Great City.

Late afternoon another day is nearly done.
A darker grey is breaking through a lighter one.
A thousand sharpened elbows in the Underground.
That hollow hurried sound, of feet on polished floor,
and in the dollar store the clerk is closing up
and counting loonies trying not to say,
I hate Winnipeg.

The driver checks the mirror seven minutes late.
Crowded riders’ restlessness enunciates
The Guess Who suck, the Jets were lousy anyway.
The same mood every day,
and in the turning lane
someone’s stalled again,
he’s talking to himself,
and hears the price of gas repeat his phrase,
I hate Winnipeg.

Up above us all,
leaning into sky,
our golden business boy,
will watch the north end die,
and sing ‘i love this town’
then let his arching wrecking ball proclaim:
I. Hate. Winnipeg.

 
 
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