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Oh no! four more years of Matt Stajan?!?

21 Jan

The bar’s been set, the Flames are paying $3.1M/year for third liners. That’s the kind of money it’s going to take to keep a veteran in the City during a rebuild. Reading into this further, does this mean that everyone (except for Monahan of course) is potential trade bait?

At the beginning of the year you would have never though that names like Glencross and Giordano were candidates for finding rebuilding assets. But with Stajan sticking around for four years, how many veteran leaders do you really need on a team? And wait… when did Stajan become one of those?

If it were up to me, and I just want to assure you that it isn’t, I’d trade Hudler (you’ve got him under a very attractive contract, $4M/year for two more years), Stempniak and Cammalleri right off the bat. Both Stempniak and Cammalleri are UFAs at the end of the year so they’ll be gone one way or the other anyway.

Galiardi and David Jones both should go. Galiardi is an RFA at the end of the year. Jones’ $4M contract is going to make it hard to move him, so that one may be difficult. Who ever decided on $4M for Jones? Holy moly.

Butler, Russell, and Smid are all good as gone. Butler and Russel are UFAs anyway, so we’re losing them at the end of the year (probably).

So what about Ramo and Berra? They’ve shown they can be serviceable backups, but you can always find a goalie when you need one. Right now, we don’t need one. So keep them, trade them, doesn’t matter.

So who do you keep? Obviously Monahan. But I think Backlund has shown that he can be the second-line centre we all hoped he would be.  Wideman isn’t likely going anywhere, and I’m okay with that. Brodie should stay, he’s y0ung and has potential – isn’t that what we’re after?

That leaves captain Giordano. I’d really like to keep him, he’s a great defenceman and has proven to be a great leader as well. So I say keep him, but if the right offer were to come up, then the changing of the guard begins… again.

 

Oilers and Canucks 2, Flames 0

01 Jan

Yeah I’m a bit behind, I’ve been away over the holidays.

Luckily for me the Flames lost two games in a row by the exact same score so I can do this at once.

The Edmonton game was a little low, the Flames had a goal taken away that should have counted.

The Vancouver game, Calgary really had no business being in that one. Berra held them in to at least make it respectable.

Greg Nemisz was also traded to Carolina for a guy I know very little about, Kevin Westgarth

 

Giordano out 6-8 (more) weeks, Stempniak still week-to-week

29 Oct

What’s going on? Injuries were not part of the plan of losing! The lack of skill in the game of ice hockey is supposed to be the reason why we’re fighting for last!

The Flames will be without their captain and top scoring defenceman this season, Mark Giordano, for six to eight weeks after he suffered a broken ankle.  Giordano, 29, has two goals and nine points in eight games this season. He hasn’t played since Oct. 21 but the Flames had been vague about the injury until Tuesday.

Flames forward Lee Stempniak also has a broken ankle and is out on a week-to-week basis, while defenceman Chris Breen is day-to-day with an abdominal strain.

Oh no… not BREEN TOO!

 

Rookie Sean Monahan will remain with the Flames

24 Oct

Calgary Flames rookie center Sean Monahan will remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

“We always tell players, they make the decisions,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. “The players decide, and in Sean’s case Sean decided. Through his performance through those first nine games he demonstrated he can play in the League.”

Wait a minute Jay, isn’t your job to make decisions?

Didn’t you say you were committed to a rebuild? How is keeping Monahan helping the organization overall?

I agree with everything everyone says about him deserving to be here, and it’s also probably best for him and his development as a player.

But…

It’s not a game of individuals, it’s a team game. And a rebuild is not about this one season, it’s about the organization and the future.

I’d say this was a bad decision of Feaster’s, but apparently Jay let Sean make the decision. Just like he let Iggy make the decision of the one team he’d go to.

Stupidly disappointing.

 

Flames to unveil third jersey

17 Oct

The Flames are going to unveil their third jersey on Sunday, Oct 27. I didn’t actually know they weren’t using the retro jersey anymore? Maybe they are going to unveil it again as the third jersey? Or maybe they are going to have another black one? I’ll see what rumours I can dig up on the interweb.

Hey look! I found it!

Calgary Flames 2013/14 Third Jersey

Calgary Flames 2013/14 Third Jersey

So… what do you think? Like it? Hate it? The sources are pretty good that this is the real deal, check out icethetics and EA sports.

Calgary Flames Alternate Jersey 2014

Calgary Flames Alternate Jersey 2014

Calgary Flames Shoulder Patch 2014

Calgary Flames 2014 Shoulder Patch

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Flames sign T.J. Brodie to a 2-year deal for $2M/year

01 Aug

The Calgary Flames announced they have signed defenceman T.J. Brodie to a two year contract worth $2,125,000/year, which is not bad for locking up Brodie for two years.

Also he’s our best defenceman, so you’d better sign him lest you ice a defensive group consisting of Giordano and the AHL Heat.

 
 
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