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Archive for April, 2014

Brad Treliving named GM of the Calgary Flames

28 Apr

Wait, who? Yeah I’ve never heard of him either.

In his position with Calgary, Treliving will report directly to President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. He will be responsible for all team personnel decisions, both players and staff; manage the amateur and pro scouting staffs; as well as other administrative duties required of the general manager. He is also responsible for all player personnel assignments with Flames’ minor league affiliates.

Treliving has been Don Maloney’s right-hand man in Phoenix and is a very knowledgeable hockey mind. He played the game himself and even ran the Central League for seven years before coming to the Coyotes, where he ran both AHL Portland and the team’s scouting department.

It will be interesting to see what Treliving can do in Calgary, since the Coyotes were always constrained by financial issues. He and Maloney still managed to take an also-ran franchise and turn it into a contender when they teamed up in 2007-08, getting the Coyotes into the playoffs two seasons later and even winning a division title in 2011-12.

 

Canucks 1, Flames 5

14 Apr

The Flames finished 2013/14 in style with a nice submissive loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.

Of course since both teams suck, the storyline for the night was that Sister Daniel Sedin was taken to the hospital after a hit into the boards from NHL giant Paul Byron. Byron is listed as 5’7? and 153 lbs. I know it’s horrible to say after someone leaves the ice on a stretcher, but the hit was clean. It was an unfortunate accident. Byron will not be suspended and that’s the NHL saying as such.

The other story of the night was that the Flames signed someone even smaller than Byron, Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey is 5’9″ and 150 lbs. So I guess by training camp he’ll be bigger than Byron. Poor Paul Byron.

Well here’s to the end of the first season of the rebuild, although I think we all know it’s year 4 of the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-rebuild. Enjoy the playoffs Flames fans, I hope you have another team to root for.

 

Flames 4, Kings 3 (SO)

10 Apr

Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal of the year and also the shootout winner, which came after the Flames blew a 3-0 lead late in the second period. The Kings scored twice in 29 seconds to eliminate most of the Flames’ surprising outburst. Karri Ramo once again played fantastic, with the exception of those 29 seconds, leading the Flames to their fourth win in a row. Don’t they know that they are just hurting their draft pick situation with every meaningless win?

Here are the records for the bottom 10 teams in the league. Notice anything out of the ordinary? I guess Ottawa has won a couple, but the Flames four wins has moved them past the Islanders and they are more likely to pass Carolina in the standings than be caught by the Isle.

20 TORONTO - LOST 2

21 NASHVILLE – OT 1

22 OTTAWA – WON 2

23 VANCOUVER – LOST 1

24 WINNIPEG – LOST 1

25 CAROLINA – LOST 2

26 CALGARY – WON 4

27 NY ISLANDERS – LOST 2

28 EDMONTON – LOST 1

29 FLORIDA – LOST 1

30 BUFFALO – LOST 4

 

Flames 1, Devils 0

08 Apr

The Flames played a good game, and Ramo played a great one. However the Devils needed to win that game, the Flames needed to lose it.

The Devils outshot Calgary 22-16 through two periods, and finished with a 31-22 advantage. New Jersey also did not allow the Flames a shot on goal in a 15-minute span between the first and second periods.

Calgary is now ahead of the Islanders and would pick 5th overall if the draft were today . This is not the way they are supposed to be playing the last 10 games of the season.

 

Flames 2, Panthers 1

07 Apr

The Flames took two games in two nights in Florida, after beating Roberto Luongo’s Panthers in yet another one-goal game.

Kenny Agostino scored his first NHL goal and Joey MacDonald came up huge, the third-stringer stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period alone.

The list of Flames who are either hurt or gone for personal reasons grew as well, with the addition of Backlund, Byron, Stajan and Wotherspoon. The list is now at nine:

 

Flames 4, Lightning 1

04 Apr

Ben Bishop collects two assists in 15 seconds to help Calgary to a quick 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay. That would be enough as the Flames rolled to an easy 4-1 victory.

No, Bishop isn’t the latest Abbotsford call-up. He’s this puck-handling goaltender:

 

Senators 6, Flames 3 and Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2

02 Apr

I can’t believe we lost to both Ottawa and Toronto.

The Flames, who lost 6-3 to the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday and were officially eliminated from the playoffs, were playing the second of five consecutive road games Tuesday. Their next game is Thursday at Tampa Bay against the Lightning.

Flames D Dennis Wideman (upper body), RW David Jones (upper body), D Ladislav Smid (upper body) and C Markus Granlund (shoulder) were out.

 
 
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