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Flames 4 – Coyotes 2

30 Sep

This game was a lot like the Islander game, with the exception of the last five minutes. The Flames were choppy (as were the Yotes) in the first, and took over in the second. In the third it looked like the Flames were going to cruise to a 2-0 win again, but the Flames scored a third, followed by a Phoenix goal 12 seconds later. The Coyotes then made it a 3-2 game with 2 minutes to go before Moss added his second of the night into an empty net. Four goals in the last four minutes of the game.

This sixth pre-season game was the final one for your Calgary Flames, who finished at 3-3. They didn’t loose them all (or win them all) so there isn’t any cause for concern one way or the other. Yet.

Let the season begin!

 

Flames 2 – Islanders 0

28 Sep

After a pretty sloppy first period the Flames seemed to pick it up a bit, although they certainly were not playing against any world-beaters from Long Island. Christ, Evgeni Nabokov and Steve Staios were their best players – that’s right, they are both Islanders now! 

Stajan made a pretty sweet pass to set up Glencross for Calgary’s first, and Stempniak had the other. Henrik Karlsson played the whole game and earned the shutout, but only faced 13 shots and not one of them seemed very threatening.

The 2-3-0 Flames wrap up their pre-season Thursday with a against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. And what’s with the preseason schedules this year? Calgary only plays 6 preseason games, while Edmonton has 8, and the Islanders have only 5. Anyone know? Is it up to each organization?

 

Oilers 3 – Flames 0

27 Sep

I thought that the Flames played pretty well in spite of the final outcome, with the exception of their power-play – which they had a half dozen cracks at. Still no Iginla and now fans are starting to get a little restless, especially when Iggy is historically a slow-starter. Him missing camp isn’t going to help that. Although the word on the street is that he’s okay, just some no-spring-chicken stiffness.

I’m also not too worried about the 1-3 record thus far as I seem to remember doing really well in the pre-season last year and where did that get us? Nowhere, that’s where.

Here are the latest round of cuts. No real surprises, although I know folks were hoping Sven might get a few games in the NHL. Brendan Mikkelson and T.J. Brodie surprised me a little, but mostly because they were sent to the farm this early, with Sarich hurt. I guess that means Carson is your sixth defenceman, and there will be no seventh.

  • Sven Baertschi – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  • Max Reinhart – Kootenay Ice (WHL)
  • Leland Irving – Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Joni Ortio - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • T.J. Brodie - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Chris Breen - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Brendan Mikkelson - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Joe Piskula - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Clay Wilson - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Ben Walter - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Gaelan Patterson - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Stefan Meyer - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Carter Bancks - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • Greg Nemisz - Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
 

 

 

Oilers 2 – Flames 1

24 Sep

After a close game the Oilers ended it on a Taylor Hall wrist shot with just over a minute left to go in the game. The Oil outshot Calgary 12-4 in the third, so it was just a matter of time. Or was it, The Flames were 10-1 against Edmonton in their last 11.

 

Flames begin the pre-season at 1-1

21 Sep

Flames 5 – Canucks 1

At home the Flames looked pretty good, jumping out to an 3-0 lead in the first and never looking back. Alex Tanguay and Tom Kostopoulos  each had a goal and an assist in the game.

Canucks 4 – Flames 3

On the road, Calgary blew a third period lead to drop the second half of the split-squad games against Vancouver. The Flames owned this game, or the first two periods anyway, led by the mythical Nik Hagman, a hockey player virtually unknown to the NHL ranks.

Yea pre-season hockey!

 

Who will be the Flames’ next #1 centre?

07 Sep

I love starting rumors.

So Jay Feaster said on Thursday that the Flames don’t feel like they have a bonafide number one centre. Talks with Brad Richards were close, oh so close, but Richards didn’t want to play in the Western Conference (lazy ass). And now with the Langkow, Regehr and Kotalik deals in the ledger, the Flames have about $3.5M in cap room. So let’s have a look at the top five candidates that will definitely probably become a Flame at some point in the very near future, maybe.

#5 – Paul Stastny
Currently with: Colorado Avalanche
Points last year: 22G 35A 57P
Reason why he’s expendable: Two words. Matt. Duchene.  Duchene outperformed Stastny last year and is 5 years younger. And let’s face it, Colorado isn’t going anywhere this year.
Reason why he’s not: Stastny makes $6.6M/year. Ouch. Plus at 25, he has got 10 years of hockey left in him. Why would the Avs get rid of that?

#4 – Mikhail Grabovski
Currently with: Toronto Maple Leafs
Points last year: 29G 29A 58P
Reason why he’s expendable: Because Toronto is dumb, and they have a history of dumping guys right before their breakout year. And we have a history of picking up their trash.
Reason why he’s not: Toronto has a producing hockey player for less than $4M/year, even they can’t screw this up. Can they?

#3 – Nicklas Backstrom 
Currently with: Washington Capitals
Points last year: 18G 47A 65P
Reason why he’s expendable: Because teammates in Washington have recently come out saying that Backstrom doesn’t try hard enough. If your teammates lose confidence in you, it becomes a steady march down trade street – or perhaps to the KHL. The Caps are also over the cap, so they have to dump some salary before the season starts.
Reason why he’s not: $6M/year for the next four seasons. Enough said.

#2 – Joe Pavelski
Currently with: San Jose Sharks
Points last year: 20G 46A 66P
Reason why he’s expendable: Jumbo Joe will always be the number one guy in San Jose. Mini Joe will have to go elsewhere for the opportunity.
Reason why he’s not: The Flames would have to find another half million dollars to make this deal possible. Which isn’t that unrealistic.

#1 – Tuomo Ruutu 
Currently with: Carolina Hurricanes
Points last year: 19G 38A 57P
Reason why he’s expendable: Carolina has two centres already ahead of him on the depth chart in Staal and Skinner. He is also an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year.
Reason why he’s not: He only had 2 more points than Jokinen, so he’s not that much of an improvement points-wise. The Flames would still also need to find a million dollars in cap space somewhere. Sorry Sarich.

There you have it, my money is either Pavelski or Ruutu in a Flames jersey at some point during the year. You guys may as well get both jerseys numbered up now just to make sure you beat the rush.

You’re welcome.

 

Flames fan forum with Jay Feaster and Ken King

02 Sep

Here’s what I took away from the Fan Forum/Town Hall last night…

  • The Flames have cleared up some cap space to bring in a first-line centre, since they don’t have 100% confidence that Backlund is there yet
  • Matt Stajan better prove himself quickly, or he’s heading straight to Abbotsford
  • Nik Hagman will have a bounce-back year, according to Jay Feaster
  • The Flames have the plan in place for a new building, they are expecting everything to be ready in the next 2-4 years
  • Beer is overpriced at Flames Central

Also the ticket plan is a little different this year, and I like the release of all games for one week, then changing it to only two months at a time.

From the Flames:
Hockey season is just around the corner and now you can purchase tickets for the Calgary Flames pre-season games! Tickets for regular season games will go on sale on Sept. 16 at 10:00 AM. They are only sale until Sept. 20. After that point, only tickets for October and November games will be on sale.

Pre-season game dates are as follows:
Sept. 20: Canucks vs. Flames (7:00 PM)
Sept. 20: Flames vs. Canucks (8:00 PM)
Sept. 24: Flames vs. Oilers (6:00 PM)
Sept. 25: Oilers vs. Flames (6:00 PM)
Sept. 27: Islanders vs. Flames (7:00 PM)
Sept. 29: Coyotes vs. Flames (7:00 PM)

 
 
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