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Round 1 – Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

15 Apr

It’s been six long years since we’ve gone to the dance and who’s the first available lady we come across? Why… it’s an old ex girlfriend, the one that we used to love to hate, the one we can’t stand to be in the same room with. Well, since Edmonton has spun so sadly down into a shame spiral that is.

How do we match up now against the Canucks? Let’s have a look…

Goaltending. I’ve got to give this one to Vancouver. It’s a straight comparison between Eddie Lack and Jonas Hiller since both Miller and Ramo don’t seem to be coming back anytime soon. Lack has been better since Miller went down, and Hiller always seems to make one mistake per game that leads to a goal. That said, so did Mike Vernon.

Defence. Advantage Vancouver no question. Although Russel and Wideman have been outstanding and Brodie has been worked to death and still held his own, Calgary is just too injured to keep playing at an NHL-level of playoff defence. The loss of Gio will be felt as the round goes on, but so will the loss of guys like Smid and even Diaz. If Engelland is part of your top four, you’re in trouble.

Offence. Advantage here goes to Calgary. The Flames’ top line of Monahan, Hudler and Gaudreau has proabably been the top line in the NHL the past two months. The Sedins aren’t what they once were, although they still make mediocre linemates look better than they are.

Special teams. Vancouver takes this one as well as they have a better power play and better penalty kill. That said, Calgary takes fewer penalties so actually allowed fewer goals while shorthanded. Since penalties are harder to come by in the playoffs we’ll see if that makes any difference.

Coaching. I’m giving the advantage here to Hartley. Not just for the coaching decisions made in-game, but more for the culture that’s been built over the past two years. The Flames believe they can win, and they have, more often than anyone has expected.

Intangibles. As we all know this is what it comes down to in the playoffs. And I’m going to single out one thing that is going to make all the difference, and that’s momentum. If Lack is shakey and Vancouver loses confidence in him, then it’ll be over for the Canucks. Likewise with Hiller. If Calgary can win one of the first two games — and not get blown out in the other — then Calgary will win the series. If Vancouver can get under the skin of Calgary’s top line then the Flames don’t have a chance. The game plan for Vancouver is simple, punish the top line whenever you can. I wouldn’t be surprised to see early runs at Hudler and Gaudreau. the game plan for Calgary is also simple, don’t let Vancouver beat you.

 

Updated line combinations

04 Nov

With all the injuries and call-ups, I’ve updated the current line combinations information.

Check out the current Calgary Flames line combinations here.

 

T.J. Brodie signs for five years, $23.25M

21 Oct

For more than a season, T.J. Brodie – playing alongside Mark Giordano – has been part of the top shutdown defence pair for the Calgary Flames. And gradually, they are evolving into one of the best twosomes in the game. On Monday, the Flames acknowledged as much, signing Brodie to a five-year, $23.25-million (all figures U.S.) contract extension that begins next year. Brodie will earn an average of $4.65-million a season on the contract.

T.J. is 24 years old, and I don’t think that there’s any doubt this will be his highest-producing year in the NHL. Last year Brodie had 4 goals, this year (through seven games) he has three. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be a 40-goal scorer, but 30 for sure. That was a joke. If Brodie gets 15 goals, 40 points and finishes a + player, then Brad Treliving will look like a genius.

For this year, for this deal anyway.

 

Calgary Flames line up for opening night

04 Oct

Here is my best guess as to what the opening night roster is going to look like. This projected line up is something I like to do throughout the year, you can find it on the www.thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations page.

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND LANCE BOUMA DEVIN SETOGUCHI
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG PAUL BYRON BRIAN MCGRATTAN
Defencemen
First pairing MARK GIORDANO TJ BRODIE
Second pairing DENNIS WIDEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
Third pairing LADISLAV SMID RAPHAEL DIAZ
Goalies
Starter  JONAS HILLER
Backup KARRI RAMO
Injured
MIKAEL BACKLUNDDAVID JONES;
Scratched
SVEN BAERTSCHIDERYK ENGELLAND

 

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.

 

Calgary Flames and free agent frenzy – who’s in and who’s out

02 Jul

The Calgary Flames signed three guys, Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland. Hiller will make $4.5M/season in a two-year deal, Raymond will make just over $3M for three years, and Engelland will make $2.9M for three seasons. More info on each is below.

Mike Cammalleri went to New Jersey for a nice $25M, 5-year deal. Good for Cammy, he deserved that. Joey MacDonald went to the Montreal Canadiens, in a move that didn’t surprise anyone. And role players Ben Street signed with Colorado while Blair Jones went to Philadelphia. Calgary signed Paul Byron for another year at $600,000.

The Calgary Flames also tendered qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: Chad BillinsLance BoumaJoe ColborneMark CundariBen Hanowski, and Joni Ortio.

On draft day the Flames traded the 83rd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft for Brandon Bollig of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jarome Iginla went to the Colorado Avalanche shortly after they lost fan favourite in Paul Stastny. The Avalanche signed Iginla to a three-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday. Iginla scored 30 goals and had 31 assists in 78 games with the Boston Bruins last season. Since Calgary was needing to get to the cap, and Iggy doesn’t seem too concerned about winning a Cup, this deal confirms that the Iginla to Calgary Bridge has been burned. 

More on the free agents:

  • Hiller, a native of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, has spent the last seven seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Last season, Hiller played in 50 games with a 29-13-7 record, five shutouts, 2.48 goals against average and a .911% save percentage. He has 326 career games with a 162-110-32 record with the Ducks.
  • Mason, a native of Calgary, Alberta, spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing all 82 games netting 19 goals and adding 26 assists for 45 points and 22 penalty minutes. He has played 456 career games with 99 goals and 124 assists for 223 points in addition to 55 playoff games where he scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.
  • Engelland, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has spent the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season, he played in 56 games netting six goals and six assists for 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He has amassed 243 career NHL games with 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points and 308 penalty minutes.

Calgary Flames Free Agent tracker

 

Flames draft Sam Bennett 4th overall

27 Jun

Bennett, a native of Holland Landing, Ont., had 91 points this past season for the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, where he played for ex-Flames centre Doug Gilmour. The six-foot 178-pounder was named OHL player of the year this past season. He’s seen as a high-energy player with skills in all areas of the ice.

Bennett has elite talent, but his lack of size and his failure to do even one pull-up at the scouting combine means he may be one year away from playing in the NHL. He will get his nine-game tryout, after which his new team will decide to either keep him in the NHL or return him to Kingston for one more year of junior hockey. Either way, he’ll be in the NHL by 2015-16 at the latest.

At his top potential, Bennett is an All-Star, first-line center who can top out at 90-95 points. He could become a team captain down the road and a regular at the NHL Awards and All-Star Game.

Bennett can score 30-35 goals a year with his hockey smarts and his habit of keeping his stick on the ice. His vision and playmaking skills mean he is capable of 50-60 assists as well. He should be one of those players who makes his linemates better.

Here is how the Flames picked the rest of the 2014 draft:

Round Pick Overall Pick Team Player Drafted Position Nationality Height Weight League Hometown
1 4 4 CGY SAMUEL BENNETT C CAN 6′ 0″ 178 OHL KINGSTON
2 4 34 CGY MASON MCDONALD G CAN 6′ 4″ 178 QMJHL CHARLOTTETOWN
2 24 54 CGY HUNTER SMITH RW CAN 6′ 6″ 208 OHL OSHAWA
3 4 64 CGY BRANDON HICKEY D CAN 6′ 1″ 177 AJHL SPRUCE GROVE
6 25 175 CGY ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON D SWE 6′ 4″ 209 SWEDEN-JR. DJURGARDEN JR.
7 4 184 CGY AUSTIN CARROLL RW CAN 6′ 3″ 216 WHL VICTORIA
 

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 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:

 
 
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