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Flames trade Stempniak and Berra

06 Mar

The Calgary Flames have made a pair of deals on trade deadline day, sending forward Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a third round pick and goalie Reto Berra to Colorado for a second round pick, both in this upcoming entry draft.

Both deals are great, IMHO. Berra is our backup goalie which we got for nothing. With Ortio coming up Berra has become expendable. Stempniak was an UFA at the end of the year so you either deal him now, or let him walk for nothing at the end of the season.

The biggest news for the Flames on trade day was a non-trade. They did not deal Mike Cammalleri, who is also a pending free agent. Calgary can only hope to resign him to a deal then trade him in the off-season. Which is unlikely, because why wouldn’t Cammy try the free agent market? He will likely get more money and a choice of where he wants to go. I know Burke said that the price was too low and you don’t want a reputation of giving players away, but you’ve got to find a way to get that deal done. He screwed up for not dealing him earlier.

Calgary recalled forwards Corban Knight, Max Reinhart and Ben Hanowski, as well as goalie Joey MacDonald, from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

I think that this just goes to show you that in 2014, Calgary is more Heat than Flames.

In other news, the Flames beat the Senators 4-1. Ortio looked good, Byron, Granlund, Backlund, all looked good. Hudler got hit hard into the boards and didn’t return. Colbourne bent his ankle up going into the boards and also didn’t return. Looks like we’re going to be running with the kids for some time now…

 

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

 

Ducks 5, Flames 2

29 Nov

Here is a list of Flames that I would like to get rid of:

  • Mikael Backlund
  • Paul Byron
  • Mike Cammalleri
  • Joe Colborne
  • Matt Stajan
  • Chris Butler
  • Derek Smith

Here are the Flames I haven’t quite given up on yet:

  • Sven Baertschi
  • TJ Galiardi
  • Curtis Glencross
  • Blair Jones
  • David Jones
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Max Reinhart
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Shane O’Brien
  • Kris Russell
  • Ladislav Smid
  • Reto Berra
  • Karri Ramo

And here are the Flames I’d keep:

  • Jiri Hudler
  • Sean Monahan
  • Lance Bouma
  • TJ Brodie
  • Mark Giordano
  • Dennis Wideman

And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

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!

 

Coyotes 4, Flames 2; and what’s going on with Sean Monahan?

23 Oct

The Flames once again fell behind by 2 goals, and had to fight back into this one. And they did, I’ve got to give them credit for that. But in a second game of back-to-back road games you’re certainly not doing yourself any favours by giving up two.

I hate to put the blame on Joey MacDonald, but he seemed really out of position for most of this game. Here are some pics from last night, and these are different goals.

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

And again?

So the Flames are now 1-3 on this road trip. Which I guess is where you’d expect them to be after a trip to California and Arizona. But for all the hype around how well this team is doing they are only one point above .500, good for eleventh in the West.

The big story of today (Wednesday) is that the Flames have to make the decision on Sean Monahan. The media keep saying that he stays, but I just can’t see it. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to stay – because he does – it’s because you have to look at what’s best for the organization. And a 19-year-old Monahan on an entry level contract is worth more to the Calgary Flames than a 19-year-old sophomore Monahan and more wins in 2014 than you wanted.

Because… if Connor McDavid is as good as Sportsnet says he is, then you don’t want to meaningless-win your way out of a franchise player.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Flames draft Sean Monahan sixth overall

03 Jul

The Flames chose centre Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67s sixth overall with their first of three picks on Sunday, and then went for two other forwards with later selections.

Calgary used the second of its picks, 22nd overall, on winger Emile Poirier, of Gatineau in the Quebec league. A fast skater, Poirier had 32 goals and 70 points to go with 101 penalty minutes this year.

Finally, at 28, the Flames went for a hometown youngster, choosing Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats. A left winger, he had 36 goals and 76 total points in 2012-2013.

Since it is so hot outside my interest in hockey is next to zero, so why don’t you read what the Flames wrote about themselves.

Oh yeah, in other news the Flames acquired F T.J. Galiardi from San Jose in exchange for fourth-round pick in 2015. Hooray for another third-liner!

 
 
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