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Flames sign Frolik to a multi-year deal

11 Jul

It’s not that I am against Frolik, it’s just that I’m against the deal. Five years at $4.3M for a 27-year-old? Aren’t we trying to rebuild still? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, last year was an anomaly.

I get that we need more time with the puck hence the Frolik and Hamilton deals – who happen to now be the highest-paid Flames on the team – but at what expense? A five-year contract? That’s pretty binding. I’m guessing that they figure Frolik is going to be the new Hudler.

Here are the particulars from NHL.com:

The Calgary Flames signed forward Michael Frolik to a multiyear contract Wednesday. Terms were not released, but multiple media outlets reported it to be five years with an average annual value of $4.3 million.

“I’m really excited about it,” Frolik told the Flames website. “Calgary had a great year last year and they got a great young group of guys. I know the city is pretty good too. I have a family now so it mattered too in that … I’m really happy to be a Calgary Flame.”

Frolik had 19 goals and 42 points in 82 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. He also had 42 points in 81 games with the Jets in the 2013-14 season after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13.

The 27-year-old has 235 points in 512 career NHL games and 18 points in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including 10 in 23 games with the Blackhawks in 2013. He also has been durable, missing four games in the past three seasons, including none in 2014-15.

 

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Flames acquire Dougie Hamilton

27 Jun

The Calgary Flames traded their 1st round (15th overall) pick as well as two 2nd round picks for Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins. Hamilton is a 6’5″ defencemen who has only just turned 22 years old.

Although it’s tough to justify trading away three top-60 picks when you’re in a rebuild, a 22-year-old proven NHLer just might be worth it. It will be interesting to see what happens with those picks that the Flames traded away years down the road, and who they become, compared to Hamilton’s career here in Calgary.

Here’s what else happened at the draft for the Calgary Flames.

First round

* 15th pick traded to Boston as part of the Hamilton deal.

Second round

* 53rd (from Vancouver for Sven Baertschi) – D Rasmus Andersson (OHL Barrie Colts). He was ranked 93rd in Central Scouting’s year-end ratings (and 84th on the mid-season list) … Six feet and 212 pounds … Righthanded shot … 64 points in 67 games … Father Peter, also a defenceman, was drafted 73rd overall by the New York Rangers in 1983. He wound up playing 47 games for the Rangers and the Florida Panthers.

* 60th (from Arizona for Nos. 76 and 83) – D Oliver Kylington (Farjestad, Sweden). In Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking, he was No. 1 among international skaters. Dropped to No. 6 on its final list … A two-way defender … Likes to emulate Duncan Keith and Erik Karlsson.

Third Round

* 76th (traded to Arizona)

Fifth Round

* 136th – LW Pavel Karnaukhov (WHL Calgary HItmen). Ranked 118th by Central Scouting (and 140th at mid-season) … six foot two, 194 pounds … 42 points, including 20 goals, in 69 games this season – his first in North America.

Sixth Round

* 166th – LW Andrew Mangiapane (OHL Barrie Colts) … five foot 10, 170 pounds … Passed over in last year’s draft (and in the OHL draft) … Produced 104 points in 68 games this past season … During course of season, he boosted his Central Scouting stock from 147th to 85th

Seventh Round

* 196th – D Riley Bruce (OHL North Bay) … six foot six, 205 pounds … In 52 games, the 17-year-old native of Carp, Ont., produced three helpers and 32 penalty minutes.

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Hartley wins coach of the year, Hudler wins the Lady Byng

25 Jun

Calgary Flames walked away with two of four possible awards, which is one more than I thought they’d get (good job Hudes!). Gaudreau didn’t win the Calder, but it was a pretty tough group of rookies this year. Giordano didn’t win either, but he’s really just saving up his credit for next year’s Norris.

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley is the first coach in franchise history to capture the Jack Adams Award — the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success — and Jiri Hudler was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — the NHL player to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability — at the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has captured the Jack Adams Award as “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

Hartley was a top-three selection on 63 of the 75 ballots cast, including 37 first-place votes, for 237 voting points. The Jack Adams win is a first both for Hartley and for the Flames franchise.

Hartley led the Flames (45-30-7, 97 points) to a 20-point gain in standings points over 2013-14, the highest jump among Western Conference teams and third-highest in the League overall, in capturing their first playoff berth since 2009. Calgary was among the NHL’s best late-game teams, tying for first place in overtime wins (nine), ranking second in third-period goal differential (+31), third in wins when trailing after two periods (10) and fifth in points percentage when leading after 40 minutes (.923, 24-1-1). The Flames also recorded 1,557 blocked shots, tops in the League and the highest single-season total since the statistic was introduced.

Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Hudler polled 700 voting points, including 52 first-place tallies, for a tight win over four-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, who collected 648 voting points.

Hudler finished eighth in the NHL scoring race and established career highs in goals (31), assists (45) and points (76), helping the Flames qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. Hudler tallied 23 points in March, when the team jumped from the outside of the playoff picture into third place in the Pacific Division. It marked the most points by any player in a calendar month this season and the most by a Flames player since December 2006 (Jarome Iginla: 10-16–26). A first-time NHL Trophy finalist, Hudler was assessed just 14 penalty minutes all season, fewest among the League’s top 20 scorers.

2015-16 Schedule Released!

The C of Red will be back in full force on Oct. 7 when the Flames host the Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome to open the 2015-16 regular season! Flames Full Schedule ››

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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
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