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Archive for January, 2012

Flames trade Morrison to Hawks for minor-leaguer Brian Connelly

28 Jan

This was one of those deals you had to make. Morrison’s time here was extremely limited, and he no longer added anything to the on-ice team. And in Brian Connelly., the Flames acquire a 25-year-old American Hockey League all-star with offensive prowess.

Calgary fans will get the chance to say a proper goodbye to Morrison on Friday night with the Blackhawks in town to play the Flames.

The Flames also sent goalie prospect Joni Ortio to TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League in a move designed to create room for Henrik Karlsson on the Abbotsford Heat.

 

Sharks 1 – Flames 0

25 Jan

Awful, just stinking awful.

The Flames had just came off a successful road trip and were facing a tired, injured and not-too-hot San Jose Sharks team. This was the final game, a home game no less, before the All Star break. Calgary was 10-1-1 in their last 12 at home. And what happened? They stunk up the joint!

They could have went into the break just one point out of a playoff spot, one point! But instead… Nashville won, Dallas won, Minnesota won, Phoneix won. Calgary? Didn’t score once. Not once.

On a positive note, Alex Tanguay came back from the super-secret injury that forced him to miss 15 games. And from the ‘nobody cares’ file, Matt Stajan is injured again. At least that is what the organization said, I imagine it’s actually to clear up the cap space so Tanguay can play again.

Here is the situation with the playoff race, which officially begins after All Star Weekend. You have six teams battling for two spots. Six teams within six points of each other. You’d have to guess L.A. is going to make it, but the other spot? That’s up for grabs. Minnesota has fell into a tailspin, Colorado and Dallas has great starts but have cooled off since, and Phoenix? They have no business playing hocking in April.

7  Los Angeles PAC 50 24 16 10 58 20 111 111 E 14-11-4 10-5-6 4-6 5-2-3 Won 1
8  Minnesota NW 49 24 18 7 55 19 115 126 -11 13-6-3 11-12-4 5-5 3-6-1 Won 2
9  Colorado NW 51 26 23 2 54 19 131 144 -13 14-12-0 12-11-2 7-0 4-5-1 Lost 2
10  Dallas PAC 48 25 21 2 52 22 126 136 -10 14-9-2 11-12-0 3-2 4-5-1 Won 1
11  Calgary NW 50 23 21 6 52 21 120 137 -17 13-7-2 10-14-4 2-3 5-4-1 Lost 1
12  Phoenix PAC 50 22 20 8 52 20 130 134 -4 10-9-4 12-11-4 2-5 3-3-4 Won 1
 

Flames 6 – Oilers 2

22 Jan

The Battle of Alberta doesn’t seem to be that much of a battle lately. I mean, if Lee Stempniak can score a hat trick en route to Calgary’s ninth straight win against Edmonton, that’s darn near a drubbing. The Oilers have beaten the Flames once in their last 17 attempts. Ouch.

I thought that this game showed that the compete level the Flames brought to the LA and San Jose games translates into more lopsided wins when efforted against a sub-par team. That’s right, I said efforted, to use a Rob Kerr word.

Speaking of Rob Kerr… I am a fan of his radio personality, but not so much as a play-by-play guy. But oh my lord is he head and tails above Mark Lee and Kevin Weekes. Those guys are brutal.

“OOOOOOOOHH WHAT A SAVE BY ONE OF THE GOALTENDERS ON THAT HOWITZER OF A WRISTER FROM CENTRE ICE!!!!”

“Well, you gotta make saves to prevent goals Mark.”

That’s not far off from their actual comments. I think the actual comments were “a howitzer of a shot from Hall” after a wrist shot from the blue line, and “as a goalie, I would never do pre-game warmup without a helmet.” Thanks Captain Obvious.

Sheesh.

 

Flames 2 – Kings 1 (SO)

20 Jan

Redemption! It wasn’t pretty, but the Flames managed to beat the “other brother Darryl.”

After L.A. scored that first goal, and Rob Kerr mentioned that the Kings had not lost this year at home when leading after one, I have to admit I lost faith completely. Well, I didn’t really have a lot of faith to begin with, so it wasn’t hard.

I thought that Blake Comeau and Lee Stempniak, both had good games for the Flames. Which is what you need with the likes of Tanguay, Moss, Glencross and others still out. And Stajan back in, that’s a liability. The good news is that they expect Tanguay to play on Saturday against the Oilers.

 

Calgary Flames injured players (as of Jan 19)

19 Jan

With our leading goal-scorer now out (Glencross) for what they are saying may be a few weeks, the chances of making up the 4 points seems to be less and less likely. Here is who we’ve got on IR at the moment.

Injured 01/18/12 Curtis Glencross LW Knee
Injured 01/18/12 Roman Horak LW Undisclosed
Injured 01/13/12 Derek Smith D High ankle sprain
Injured 01/10/12 Brendan Morrison C Upper Body
Injured 12/29/11 Alex Tanguay LW Upper Body
Injured 12/28/11 David Moss RW Foot/ankle
Injured 12/19/11 Matt Stajan C Ankle sprain
Injured 12/05/11 Henrik Karlsson G MCL
 

Kings 4 – Flames 1

17 Jan

There were a lot of storylines from this game, but the most important one was this: if the Flames beat L.A., they’d move within one point of a playoff spot.

And they did not.

They tried hard in the first period, but since they didn’t score they seemed to give up after that. Even though they really wanted to get Brent the win over his brother, and Cammalleri a win in his first game back (he scored), they just couldn’t solve Jonathan Quick.

The one positive (if you can call it that) is that Calgary played better in this game than they had in the previous two games. However they won the previous two games, so what does that tell you?

 

Flames 1 – Ducks 0, Rene Bourque traded for Mike Cammalleri

13 Jan

First of all, this game was probably one of the most boring games I’ve watched in a long time. Even thought Kipper got a shutout, and the Flames won in overtime. Mark Giordano returned after missing 21 games, assisted on Blair Jones’s first goal as a Flame, which was good to see. Gio also played over 21 minutes in his first game back.

But the game was overshadowed by the news that Mike Cammalleri was traded back to Calgary from Montreal in exchange for Rene Bourque. While it is sad to see Bourque go, this deal was pretty good for the Flames.

Here is the line from TSN: “Montreal traded Cammalleri, as well as goaltender Karri Ramo and fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Calgary Flames for  forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland a second round pick in 2013.

 

Flames 6 – Devils 3

11 Jan

What a weird game that was…

I’ve often said that the Flames deserved a better fate, when they loose by a goal or two (or three), but this time, they clearly deserved a worse one. This was probably the worst-looking win I’ve seen. The casual fan would look at the boxscore and think “wow, four goals in the first, six goals in all, nine points for the top line, huzzah!” (I imagine causal fans say ‘huzzah!’) But let’s look at what really happened.

  • Marty Brodeur was downright awful. Giving up two goals on five shots to get chased from the game. He let in two real softies. From Bouwmeester and Sarich of all players.
  • Hedberg was not much better, actually he was worse, giving up four goals on nine shots.
  • That’s 14 shots the Flames had. Now you’d think that’s okay, because after scoring four in the first (only one of which should have went in) the Flames chose to defend instead of attack. Or did they?
  • The Flames gave up 38 shots! That’s defending a lead? Holy crap that is some terrible defense. And while they were doing this so-called defending, they gave up three goals.
  • The top lines combined nine points was good for a plus four overall. So they were on the ice for three goals against, including giving up a short-handed goal.
The positives were that Iggy got a gold stick for 500 goals — it was presented by Connie and Lanny — and he followed that up with a Gordie Howe hat trick. Like I said after the Boston 9-0 shellacking, two points are two points, no matter what the score.
 

Flames 3 – Wild 1, and Iginla scores his 500th career goal

08 Jan

It’s rare that an individual’s milestone outweighs the two points for the win. But this was one of those times. Along with 1000 points, 500 goals, 50-in-50, and when (if) someone scores 93 goals…  or 77 goals as a rookie.

Craig Conroy put it best, “Just 500, it’s hard to imagine. Even if you have 10 50-goal seasons, that’s amazing. You’ve got to figure it’s going to be a long time before the next guy does it. Maybe people will appreciate it more [down the road].”

It wasn’t pretty, but I’m sure he is glad to get these bounces…

Congratulations Iggy.

 

Bruins 9 – Flames 0

08 Jan

Ouch.

You know what’s amazing in all of this mayhem? T.J. Brodie played nearly half this game (25 mins) and was an even player. That’s phenomenal.

 
 
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