Archive for July, 2011

Peter Loubardias let go, Rob Kerr takes over play-by-play

21 Jul

Peter Loubardias let go? Cripes! After spending a couple years getting used to that terrible timbre of his, I have realizied that Peter was one of the best play-by-play guys I’ve heard. This is too bad, because we were lucky to have him. That said, I think Robb Kerr knows more about hockey than than even me (yeah, shocking!) and he’ll make a great play-by-play guy. Except when there’s a fight. Not cool Rob, that’s not cool.

Rob Kerr will move up to the Rogers Sportsnet broadcast booth for the 2011-12 regular season after serving eight years as the host of the Flames on Sportsnet Radio The Fan 960. Kerr will take over for Peter Loubardias, who was let go last week by Sportsnet. <full story>


Flames sign Brendan Mikkelson

20 Jul

Man, I didn’t even hear this announcement. Um, maybe Flames brass cared as much as I do about it.

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the signing of defenceman Brendan Mikkelson.

“We are very pleased that Brendan has chosen to re-sign with the Flames and continue his professional development with our organization,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He has demonstrated that he is on the verge of cracking our line-up on a full-time basis, and he remained on our roster all year because we knew we would have lost him on waivers had we tried to send him to the AHL. We had excellent discussions with Brendan during our exit meetings and reviewed the things he needs to do in order to break into the line-up. He is a very valuable addition to our depth on the blue line, and we look forward to seeing his progress in camp this year.”

Mikkelson, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has 86 games of NHL experience between Anaheim and Calgary. He has six assists and 40 penalty minutes over parts of three NHL seasons. Brendan also has 150 games of AHL experience with 15 goals, 34 assists for 49 points and 115 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by Anaheim in the 2nd round (31st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Contract terms: One year, two-way contract with a an average annual value of $721,900.

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Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison to a one-year deal

18 Jul

Well colour me stupified. Espedicially since we already know that his season-ending knee injury will keep him out of action through the start of 2011-12. Although for the price, what have you got to lose? This means that the Flames have 13 forwards committed to one-way contracts without even including Mikael Backlund. MSNBC is reporting that Niklas Hagman will be the odd man out.

The 35-year-old Morrison had nine goals and 34 assists in 66 games with Calgary last season and will make $1.25 million.

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Flames sign Derek Smith

14 Jul

The Calgary Flames continue to shore up their defensive corps, signing free agent Derek Smith on Wednesday. The 27-year-old picked up 10 goals and 44 assists in 71 regular season games with the Binghamton Senators, placing him fourth among AHL defencemen. Smith has played in a total of 11 National Hockey League games with the Ottawa Senators

Smith comes to the Flames after a championship season in the American Hockey League. He was inked to a one-year, two-way contract at $700,000.

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Flames sign Anton Babchuk instead of Richards

09 Jul

I’ve been on holidays, so I’ve been a little out of the loop. From what I’ve heard, Babchuk has resigned for $2.5M/season for two years, and Brad Richards chose New York over Calgary. I can’t possibly imagine why that is? </sarcasm>

Babchuk is what we got for Phaneuf, pretty much player-for-player. So at $5M less per season, and if Anton keeps performing the same level as Dion, then I guess I can’t hate the trade (or this contract). Yes, it would have been nice to have Richards but really… has he been a show stopper the last couple years? Probably not. Or at least not $60M over 9 years’ worth. And rumor has it that the Flames offered him more than that.

I’ll try to figure out what’s going on and update the site if I hear any new news.

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No Richards yet, but Butler signed!

01 Jul

One report says that the Flames have made a presentation to Richards and his agent Friday afternoon. The pitch, apparently, included encouraging words from Jarome Iginla.

Another rumour had them offering Richards a package worth $64 million US over nine years. The Flames have about $7 in cap room left.

Adam Pardy has signed a two-year contract in Dallas for $2 million per season. No word on where Anton Babchuk is going to play next year. And Staios, if anyone is still interested in that.

This is from the Flames’ website:

“On the front of Flames UFA’s, defencemen Anton Babchuk and Adam Pardy had been sent offers before July 1st but neither could come to terms with the club. Pardy signed a two-year deal in Dallas worth $2 million per season while Babchuk is still available.”

The Flames inked restricted free agent Chris Butler to a two-year deal worth $1,250,000 per season and added depth by signing Carter Bancks, Quintin Laing and Joe Piskula.

Feaster did point out that he was pleased that his team had been able to secure a raft of its own unrestricted free agents — including forwards Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross, defenceman Brett Carson and goaltender Henrik Karlsson — before Friday.

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