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Flames 4 – Jets 2 – Preseason

03 Oct

Josh Jooris, Sean Monahan. Two goals each. Johnny Gaudreau, three assists.

Jooris has been a pleasant surprise at Flames camp. Undrafted, the right-winger left Union College after three years to sign with Calgary a year ago. He spent all of last year with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat.

I don’t think there is any question that Gaudreau takes the only available spot up front. Which means Bennett goes down, which is expected; and Jooris goes down, which is really too bad. But that’s the way the roster works out… and he’ll be back.

Jooris from Gaudreau on TSN



Flames 2, Avalanche 0 – Preseason

01 Oct

He’s already got his own goal song.

Seconds after Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal at the Saddledome, Chuck Berry’s - Johnny B. Goode came blasting over the PA. It was the first goal of the game and turned out to be the winner as Jonas Hiller played solid to earn his first shutout in front of the home crowd.

The game wasn’t super-exciting up until that point, although it is fun to speculate on who’s in and who’s out. I’m going to dedicate my next post just to just that, as well as some news about the Flames new building (here’s a hint: it’s going to be downtown).


Flames 2, Avalanche 1 – Preseason

29 Sep

I didn’t see the game last night, but apparently Iginla was playing as he had a chance to tie the game late. The Avs outshot Calgary 36-24, but Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio stepped up. The Flames dressed eight fresh-faced rookies for the contest in Colorado. The Avs iced a veteran-laden lineup. Michael Ferland tallied two goals and was named the games first star. Calgary is 3-3 now in the preseason. 

The Flames dispatched a dozen players Saturday. Keegan Kanzig, the 2013 draft choice, was sent to the WHL’s Victoria Royals, while 11 were assigned to the AHL Adirondack Flames.

Goalies Doug Carr and Brad Thiessen, defencemen Curtis Gedig, Dustin Stevenson and forwards Mathieu Tousignant, Trevor Gillies, Kenny Agostino, David Wolf, Bryce Van Bradant, Ben Hanowski and Garnet Hathaway will report to Glens Falls, N.Y., for the AHL team’s training camp that opens Monday.

The Flames have 45 players remaining in camp.


Canucks 3, Flames 0 – Preseason

28 Sep

The Flames lost against a much more mature Vancouver team. I thought they played pretty well through the first two periods, although the penalties didn’t help. That’s probably due to being a bit slower that veteran NHLers.

Next up, Iggy’s Avs on Tuesday. Although you can bet he won’t be playing in Calgary in the preseason.


Canucks 3, Flames 1 – Preseason

26 Sep

The most exciting thing about this game was that it was the debut (albeit preseason) of the highest draft pick in Calgary history, Sam Bennett. He had a game-high seven shots on goal and an assist on Sean Monahan’s second-period goal, he was also the games first star.

Although if the game were real, Eddie Lack would have been it. He stopped all 20 Calgary Flames shots through the first half of the game. Calgary was out shooting Vancouver 13-3 after 20, and 26-12 after 40. But then ran out of gas in the third, getting outshot 11-5 in that period.


Flames 4, Coyotes 3 (OT) – Preseason

25 Sep

Now this just might be me, or the fact that the game last night was in Sylvan Lake in a rink that seats 1,000, but the preseason games this year have had more of a hockey feel to them as opposed to a scrimmage. It seems as though there is less disparity between the kids who are going back to junior and the men who already have a spot on the roster. It appears as though the guys are in pretty good shape and their hands and feet are keeping up with their heads. The games against Edmonton and Arizona have felt like real hockey to me. I don’t know,  maybe it’s been just a really long golf season.

By the way, why was Kraft Hockeyville featuring Calgary and Arizona? Why not Edmonton, Vancouver or Winnipeg? Come on Kraft, you had a year to plan this game. Perhaps it’s because there are more Calgarians in Arizona than in most Canadian cities.

Hats off to Curtis Glencross, Josh Jooris, Raphael Diaz, Deryk EngellandJoe ColborneBrian McGrattanDavid Wolf and Kris Russell, who all had noticeable games.

Hats on to Sven Baertschi. Despite scoring a goal and making a hit, is going to have to work a lot harder to win back the favour of the coaches this year.


Flames 1, Oilers 0 and Oilers 3, Flames 1 – Preseason

21 Sep

The Flames and Oilers split the split-squad game to open the preseason for both clubs Sunday night.

Obviously I didn’t see the game in Edmonton, since it was at the same time, but the guys that played in Calgary seemed to do pretty well. Calgary dominated the game for the first 35 minutes of the game, then fairly easily rode out a 1-0 lead until the end.

Joe Colborne, TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler and Morgan Klimchuk all had noticeable games. There were a couple big open ice hits but no fights and no hits along the boards. Devin Setoguchi was a victim of a pick which left him laid out on the ice, and very angry. The goalies pitched a shutout, but really weren’t tested that much.

The story line here is… since when did Devin Setoguchi become a Flame? I must have missed that. I’d better go do some heavy-duty investigative journalism here…. So Wikipedia tells me that on August 23, 2014, the Calgary Flames announced they had signed Setoguchi to a 1 year contract. That’s pretty un-newsworthy. Last year for Winnipeg Devin had 11 goals, 16 assists for 27 points in 75 games played.

Next up is the Arizona Coyotes (the team a whole state owns) in Sylvan Lake. I’m gonna get me in some water-slidin’!


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.













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.

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