Archive for September, 2013

Flames trade fourth-round pick to the Leafs for centre Joe Colborne

30 Sep

Says Burke: “Joe is a Calgary kid. He’s a very intelligent kid. He has been unable to crack the top six group in an NHL lineup despite the face that he’s almost 23 and a first round pick. He’s 6’5”, he has a high hockey IQ, and he can skate.”

So we get ourselves another 3rd-liner?? Awesome!

A first-round draft pick in 2008 — going 16th overall, one spot behind Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson, and six spots ahead of Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle — Colborne is the lanky (6-foot-5, 213 pounds) centre the Leafs acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tomas Kaberle two years ago.


Phoenix 3, Flames 2 OT

27 Sep

The best part of this game was when the Flames were down 2-0 midway through the third, Lance Bouma (four goals in four games) and Corban Knight tallied less than two minutes apart to send it to OT.

Calgary finishes the pre-season 4-2-1


After Thursday’s re-assignments, the Flames have 28 players (three goalies, nine defencemen, 16 forwards) in camp. National Hockey League teams have until Monday to declare their 23-man rosters.


Curtis Glencross

Michael Cammalleri

Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi

Lance Bouma


Matt Stajan

Mikael Backlund

T.J. Galiardi

Sean Monahan

Roman Horak

Ben Street

Blair Jones


Lee Stempniak

David Jones

Tim Jackman

Brian McGrattan


Mark Giordano

Dennis Wideman

T.J. Brodie

Kris Russell

Chris Butler

Shane O’Brien

Derek Smith

Patrick Sieloff


Karri Ramo

Reto Berra

Joey MacDonald

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Flames 4, Rangers 1

24 Sep

Glencross looked good, Giordano looked good, even Stajan wasn’t terrible. Karri Ramo looked great. Other than Stempniak the whole Calgary roster looked good against a full Rangers lineup.

If only it wasn’t the preseason.

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Nineteen players cut from the Calgary Flames

19 Sep

The Calgary Flames’ axe fell today, to the tune of 19 re-assignments.

I have to say that I thought Cundari would get a longer look. And poor Paul Byron and Greg Nemisz, it’s kinda sad when you can’t even make this version of the Flames. Emile Poirier and Morgan Klimchuk are heading back to junior, which I don’t think was much of a surprise.

To Abbotsford Heat (13) — G Laurent Brossoit, G Joni Ortio, D Mark Cundari, D Brady Lamb, D James Martin, D Zach McKelvie, C Paul Byron, C Brett Olson, LW Carter Bancks, LW Turner Elson, LW Ben Hanowski, RW David Eddy, RW Greg Nemisz

* Returned to junior (6) — D Brett Kulak (WHL Vancouver), D Ryan Culkin (QMJHL Quebec), D Eric Roy (WHL Brandon), LW Morgan Klimchuk (WHL Regina), RW Coda Gordon (WHL Swift Current), RW Emile Poirier (QMJHL Gatineau)

Remaining in Calgary are 38 players — three goalies, 13 defencemen, 22 forwards. National Hockey League teams can carry 23 players.

After off-days today and Thursday, camp resumes Friday morning at WinSport. The Flames have two pre-season dates remaining, both at home — Monday against the New York Rangers, Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Flames 5, Islanders 3 AND Flames 4, Islanders 2

18 Sep

TJ Galiardi had a goal and an assist and Dennis Wideman had two as a Flames split squad scored four times in the second period on its way to a 5-3 victory over a New York Islanders. In Regina Sean Monahan had two goals and the Flames had another four-goal second period to beat New York again. Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal for the Flames, and Corban Knight set up two.

The Flames are now 3-2 in the pre-season, which of course means nothing. I’m certainly looking forward to the first wave of cuts so we can start to speculate what the lines, pairings and goalies will be.

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Senators 4, Flames 2

18 Sep

The Ottawa Senators defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

The only incident of note in the first period was the massive hit Senators 6-4, 207-pound defenceman Michael Sdao on David Jones. He was immediately challenged to fight by the talent-depleted Flames’ de facto No. 1 centre, Matt Stajan.

Sdao would pay dearly for defending himself.

In the second, he made the mistake of accepting a challenge from former Senators heavyweight Brian McGratton, who immediately landed a couple blows and sent Sdao turtling to the ice for mere survival.

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Oilers 3, Flames 2 and Oilers 5, Flames 6 (SO)

14 Sep

Calgary had to battle back in both of their pre-season split-squad games. I obviously didn’t see the game in Edmonton, but I did see the game in Calgary. No one really stood out for me, but I’ve definitely seen worse Flames preseason games.

I was expecting to see a little more out of Knight and Monahan, but I guess you can’t expect them to do too much in their first NHL (type) game. Baertschi and Horak scored in the shootout in Edmonton to cap the comeback there.

Here was the lineup in Calgary:

Forwards (L-C-R)
Curtis Glencross-Matt Stajan-Lee Stempniak
Mike Cammalleri-Mikael Backlund-David Jones
Michael Ferland-Sean Monahan-Emile Poirier
Blair Jones-Corban Knight-Greg Nemisz

Defence (L-R)
Mark Giordano-TJ Brodie
Ryan Culkin-Shane O’Brien
Patrick Sieloff-John Ramage

Joey MacDonald
Joni Ortio

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Miikka Kiprusoff’s (official) retirement

12 Sep

Although not really a surprise to anyone, the announcement of Kipper’s retirement is a reminder of just how bad this team is going to be this year. And next. And the year after that. etc.

What’s this team trying to sell to us fans? I don’t even know who to put on the back of my new jersey (if I’m even willing to buy one this year).

  • The Flames have no goalie.
  • The Flames have Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman on defense and nothing else.
  • The Flames have Michael Cammalleri up front and not much else. Maybe Glencross is worth a mention, but really – he’d be a third-line guy on any playoff team.

It’s going to be a long few years.

Here are the early guesses at what this team may look like, your 2013/14 Calgary Flames:

  1. Curtis Glencross – Mikael Backlund – Mike Cammalleri
  2. Sven Baertschi – Matt Stajan – Jiri Hudler
  3. Lee Stempniak – Sean Monahan – David Jones
  4. Tim Jackman – Corban Knight – Roman Horak
  1. Mark Giordano – Dennis Wideman
  2. TJ Brodie – Derek Smith
  3. Chris Butler – Shayne O’Brien
  1. Karri Ramo
  2. Joey MacDonald

Like I said, it’s going to be a long few years.

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Jay Feaster gets a new boss and it’s (uh-oh) Brian Burke?!?

06 Sep

Veteran hockey executive Brian Burke was named the team’s president of hockey operations, and will “assume overall responsibility of the sport side of the Calgary Flames.” That means that GM Jay Feaster will report to Burke.

I actually like this move, I can’t see why two heads would not be better than one.

“I think I add a value. I’ve been able to fix just about every team I’ve worked for, sometimes quicker than others. There was a lot that needed to be done in Toronto that took longer than I thought,” Burke said.

Ken King unfortunately remains employed by the Flames.

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