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Martin Gelinas rounds out your new coaching staff

14 Jun

The Eliminator returns to Calgary, but this time it isn’t as a clutch playoff performer. This time is more as a crutch to get these under-performers into the playoffs.

Gelinas joins head coach Bob Hartley and fellow assistant coach Jacques Cloutier as the trio that will eventually lead the Flames into the promised land. The post-season.

“I’m happy to be back with the team and the city that I know so well,” said Gelinas, who scored three playoff series-clinching goals in 2004 when the Flames came within a win of claiming the Stanley Cup.“I have so many fond memories of my time as a player in Calgary and my family and I have made it our home ever since. I look forward to contributing to Calgary’s success and being part of a winning team.”

Two words Martin. Keep looking.

 

Flames fire Craig Hartsburg

08 Jun

“At the conclusion of our season, we said that our new coach would be given the privilege to make decisions on his staff,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.

Bob Hartley has already brought Jacques Cloutier on board as his assistant this week.

Was coaching the problem? Clearly not, the Flames have had several different coaches and associate coaches in the three years they’ve missed the playoffs. But will these be the coaches with big enough balls to start cutting veterans? Perhaps that’s the plan.

 

Survey says… BOB HARTLEY!

31 May

Bob Hartley returns to the NHL as your new head coach. You may remember him as an NHL bench boss from his days with the Quebec Nordiques and the Atlanta Flames (get it? he’s old!)

I for one like the move, because he was the best available coach that I can still kinda stand. But with a core group of players who are almost as old as he is, I’m not sure there is much he can do to change the fate of this team.

Hartley was chosen most often in my very scientific survey, so kudos to you guys. I was surprised that the resigning of Olli was split down the middle, especially since there is no way he’s coming back. And four respondents have no clue, because no… we’re not trading Iginla before the start of next season.

 

Is Troy Ward in line to be the next coach of the Calgary Flames?

13 May

I guess that this is the (first and only) logical conclusion to jump to, so let’s do it.

Bottom line? I hope not. I don’t like when you bring in a guy who has less experience than most of your players. I think people in general look to someone as a leader if they feel he has a) been there before or b) knows – better than the others involved – how to get out.

Let’s face it, the Flames are in a huge hole. This was their worst season since the lockout. They were just ranked 26th out of 30th on the prospect potential list. They’ve been headed downwards, they have little hope for the future, it’s going to take more than Troy Ward to dig them out of this.

 

Flames sign some guy you’ve never heard of

02 May

The Calgary Flames announced they have signed centre Roman Cervenka.

Who?

Cervenka played the last two years with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). During the 2010-11 season he received the top goal scorer award, registering 31 goals in 51 games while playing alongside fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr.

Wait, who? That old guy with the mullet who plays for Philly?

He was also selected to play in the KHL All-Star Game collecting more fan votes than any other player in the league.

Cripes, I could play in the KHL All-Star game.

During 2011-12, the Prague native recorded 23 goals during the regular season while notching a league leading 22 points from 11 goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games. Cervenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Okay, I’ll give him that as I’ve yet to play in the Olympics. But there is still time…

 

The Calgary Flames and the endowment effect

01 May

Couple interesting articles on the Flames this week…

There is this one about the Flames and the possibility of a rebuild:

So if the Flames once again choose to stay the course and remain competitive this coming season, rather than move their stars and start anew, it’s not merely a symptom of cowardice but likely an expression of common psychological processes.”

And this one about Darryl’s one-trick-pony style of coaching:

Eight years later, Sutter is spear-heading what could be yet another legendary playoff run by a low-seed in the Western Conference.”

 

Brent Sutter and Dave Lowry fired!

15 Apr

From the Calgary Flames press room:

The Calgary Flames announced that Brent Sutter and the organization have reached a mutual agreement to conclude coaching duties. In addition, the contract of assistant coach Dave Lowry will not be renewed.

“Brent Sutter and I met and discussed a number of issues regarding the hockey team and the future,” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster.

JF: “Hey Brent!”

BS: “Yes Jay?”

JF: ”I can see into the Flames’ future, and you ain’t in it.”

BS: ”Am I being fired?”

JF: ”Kind of, pretty harsh eh?”

BS: ”Yes, it is.”

JF: ”Then we agree on you not being a part of this team. It’s been a pleasure. Oh, and take that Lowry guy with you.”

 

Calgary calls up their only promising prospect, Sven Bärtschi

07 Mar

With Jackman now out, yes another one, the Calgary Flames have resorted to calling up players from the WHL. Sven Bärtschi, 19, has 33 goals and 61 assists in 47 games.

Why, you ask? Look at this list of injured players:

That is two full lines. Matt Stajan was the number one centre last night… MATT STAJAN!

 

Why ‘Forever a Flame’ is an insult to MacInnis and Flames fans

16 Feb

So the Calgary Flames will honour Al MacInnis by hanging his jersey a banner in the rafters at the Saddledome. He’ll be the first player honoured under the new “Forever A Flame” program, which will see the sweater numbers of former Flames kept in circulation with the current team. Not retired, honoured.

Why not retire his jersey? Is it because we have such a historic franchise of all-stars that we are running out of numbers? This team has been around for over 30 years and we have two: Vernon’s #30 and Lanny’s #9. Why not do what the Canadiens do and retire the number for a set period of time? Maybe keep the number retired for as long as that player is alive, and it goes back to the franchise upon that players death. So they’d be retired for 40 years or so. And in special circumstances a new player could ask the retired player if he could wear that number. Like if Marty Brodeur were to be traded to the Flames. And he probably will be, a la Grant Fuhr.

Who do you think is going to wear #2 after this anyway? They’d have to be a real jerk. Come to think of it, who has worn #2 for the Flames since MacInnis left? Are we really denying anyone anything? Jamie AllisonMike CommodoreAlan Letang (who?), Darrel Scoville (again, who?), Darryl Shannon, and Brad Werenka. All due respect to that group of no-names, but denying them the privilege of wearing #2 would have gone unnoticed.

Al MacInnis was a first-round pick of the Flames in 1981, he would go on to be named an all-star eight times in 13 seasons with the team. He also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989. MacInnis continues to hold the franchise record for assists with 609. His number was retired by the St. Louis Blues in 2006 (he was a Flame for longer) and a year later he was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Calgary isn’t going to retire his number? Just. Plain. Stupid. Shame on you Calgary Flames brass.

 

Flames injuries continue

14 Feb

You always hear about the ‘man games lost’ number, which is usually misleading because one game without Sidney Crosby is probably worse than an full season without Raitis Ivan?ns. Who, by the way, played one game for Calgary last season but counted as 81 man-games-lost.

Anyway, this year has been bad, as bad as I can remember. Curtis GlencrossBlair JonesDavid MossLee Stempniak and Derek Smith are all injured right now. That’s your entire second line. The second line tonight against the Leafs? Tom KostopoulosMike Cammalleri and Blake Comeau. That line has a combined 18 goals all year, or as much as Mikhail Grabovski – T.O.’s number two centre.

Calgary has 254 man-games-lost due to injury this year (as of Feb 10) which is second most in the league. Second only to Pittsburgh.  But they win so they’ll get no sympathy from me. Calgary can’t win with a full roster, much less a decimated one. Feel bad for us!

 
 
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