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Calgary Flames off-season wrap-up

05 Sep

If you’re anything like me, you don’t pay attention much to what’s been going on with the Flames over the off-season. I mean, you pay attention to draft day, free agent frenzy, arbitration, and things like that… but not to the day-to-day degree that begins Sep 21 and lasts until (hopefully) springtime.

Here is a wrap-up of what’s happened while you were away.


Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving didn’t take a break at all following the post-season, signing Czech defenceman Jakub Nakladal to an entry-level contract on May 19. The 27-year-old blueliner spent the 2014-15 season with TPS Turku of the SM-Liiga, posting three goals and 15 points in 50 games. He also represented the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where he led all Czech defencemen with five assists in 10 games.


Pivot Mikael Backlund, who was drafted by the Flames in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft, signed a three-year deal with Calgary on June 20. The Swedish forward saw limited action last last season undergoing abdominal surgery. In 52 games he put up 10 goals and 27 points, playing a key role for the Flames in the post-season.

In 298 career games, Backlund has scored 51 goals and amassed 128 points. In 2013-14, he had a career season which saw him net 18 goals and 39 points in 76 games.


The Flames sent shock-waves through the hockey world at the NHL Draft in June with a blockbuster trade with the Boston Bruins. The Flames acquired 6-foot-5 defenceman Dougie Hamilton in exchange for Calgary’s 2015 first round pick (15th overall) and two second round picks (45th overall and 52nd overall – previously acquired from the Washington Capitals).

“I look at our team right now with Giordano, Brodie, Russell, Wideman, Engelland, Smid, and adding Dougie Hamilton to that mix, I like that defence,” Treliving said.

“When we looked at Dougie, this is an age group asset for us. This is a player that fits where we are going in Calgary. This is not a deviation in terms of the young players that we are building around. He adds to it. He’s in that peer group.”

2015 NHL DRAFT – JUNE 27

After trading their first round pick to the Bruins, the Flames were left with picks in the second, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft. They ended up selecting Rasmus Andersson (defence – 2nd round, 52nd overall), Oliver Kylington (defence – 2nd round, 60th overall), Pavel Karnaukhov (center – 5th round, 136th overall),Andrew Mangiapane (left wing – 6th round, 166th overall), and Riley Bruce (defence – 7th round, 196th overall).


The Flames tendered qualifying offers to 12 restricted free agents in late June: Hamilton, Lance Bouma, Micheal Ferland, Drew Shore, David Wolf, Josh Jooris, Bryce Van Brabant, Kenny Agostino, Paul Byron, Max Reinhart, Bill Arnold, and Turner Elson.


The Flames re-signed associate coach Jacques Cloutier and assistant coaches Martin Gelinas and Jamie Pringle to multi-year contracts. The organization also extended the contract of assistant general manager Craig Conroy.


The Flames locked up Hamilton to a six-year deal to close out the month of June. The 22-year-old was thrilled to get a contract worked out so quickly with his new club.

“Looking at the team, it’s a young team with a lot of great players and I think a great future and a great plan in place,” he said. “I think any situation that has that, it’s going to be exciting to be a part of that. I think that continues on with the fans and the city. I had some experiences there at the World Juniors and had a lot of fun playing there and being there and even just watching the playoffs this year and seeing the fans and the C of Red and all that. I think it obviously shows the fans and fan support in the city. That’s something that is also really exciting.”


The Flames kicked off Canada Day by signing Karri Ramo, who had wrapped up his second season with Calgary this past spring. The 29-year-old went 15-9-3 in the regular season with a 2.60 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Calgary then went out and signed forward Michael Frolik to a five-year deal. The Czech forward, who won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013, is coming off a 19-goal, 42-point season with the Winnipeg Jets.

The organization added some depth up front by signing forward Derek Grant to a one-year deal. The Abbotsford, BC native spent the 2014-15 season with Binghamton Senators in the AHL.

The Flames wrapped up the day by acquiring a fourth round pick in 2016 from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Reinhart, who has since signed with the Preds.


The Flames signed their 2014 second round picks, goaltender Mason McDonald and winger Hunter Smith, early in July.


Kylington signed his first contract with the Flames on July 15 while Arnold, Agostino, Shore, and Van Brabant accepted their qualifying offers.


Calgary continued to get their RFA’s signed later on in July, working out deals with Bouma (July 23), Jooris (July 24), Elson (July 24), and Byron (July 26).


When the 2014-15 campaign came to a close, Treliving made no bones about the fact he wanted to get Mark Giordano, who was entering the final year of his contract in the 2015-16 season, extended. He did just that on August 25, signing the captain to a six-year contract.

Last winter, Giordano was in the midst of a stellar season before he was felled by a season-ending bicep injury. In total, the rearguard 11 goals and 48 points in 61 games.

“In my opinion, if he didn’t unfortunately go down with an injury, he’s sitting here with a Norris Trophy,” Treliving told “He’s the leader in every sense in this organization — not in just the rah-rah sense. He’s a leader in terms of his action, the way he lives his life, the way he prepares.”


On Sept. 3, the Flames announced veteran defenceman Ryan Wilson would join the club on a professional try-out. He spent the last six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, notching seven goals and 60 assists for 67 points and 157 penalty minutes. This is Wilson’s second stint with the Flames organization after he was originally signed as a free agent in 2008 before being traded to Colorado in 2009.

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Calgary Flames sign Mark Giordano to a six-year deal

28 Aug

The Calgary Flames announced that they have signed their captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract. Mark Giordano will be 32 years old this season. His new six-year, $6.75 million AAV deal kicks in the season after, when he turns 33.

Although signing a guy through his 30s may not sound ideal, Gio has been described as a fitness freak and is no-doubt fully committed to the game. We have some cap room and you can’t let your captain go, based on how the team has done over the last two seasons under his leadership.

The first two years are a good deal for the Flames, the last two years are a good deal for Giordano. It’s the middle two years that will determine who really ‘wins’ this deal.

Giordano, a native of Toronto, Ontario, has been the captain of the Calgary Flames since 2013. He has played his entire NHL career with Calgary, amassing 66 goals and 179 assists for 245 points along with 466 penalty minutes in 510 games.

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Flames resign Paul Byron, four players still remain without contracts

27 Jul

In related news, Paul Byron was still a Flame?

You may not remember him because he missed 24 of the final 25 games of last season and Calgary’s 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Byron had surgery to repair a sports hernia in May and an operation on his wrist in June. He will have a pin removed from his wrist the first week of September and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

Paul Byron is the third (and final) Flame to avoid arbitration, signing a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Byron (5-foot-7, 153 pounds) scored six goals and 19 points in 57 games with Calgary last season. He has 17 goals and 48 points in 138 NHL games.

Byron is a good energy guy, and you’re not really going to get an NHLer for much cheaper than that.

So who’s left without a contract?

So with the recent signings of Byron, Jooris and Bouma we have four players from last year without contracts. Of those there are really two of note (sorry Corey Potter and David Wolf) and they are David Schlemko and Micheal Ferland.

The best part of the Schlemko’s game was the Let’s go, Schlemko! chants from the crowd. I’m not sure he brought much value other than that. Now for this year, with seven NHL defencemen under contract –HamiltonWidemanBrodieGiordanoSmidEngelland and Russell – it’s unlikely that the Flames are going to persue the UFA before the start of camp. I think Smid and Engelland will have to earn back their spots as well with guys like Tyler Wotherspoon knocking at the door.

Micheal Ferland is another story. Although the body of work was small, I think the Flames, the fans and Ferland all saw what type of player he could be. Since the contract will likely be short because he’s still unproven combined with the fact that he’s a restricted free agent mean that Ferland will be signed for around the $1M-1.5M mark.

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Flames resign Bouma and Jooris

25 Jul

Calgary Flames sign Lance Bouma

The Calgary Flames have signed winger Lance Bouma to a three-year contract extension worth $6.6 million.

Bouma and the club went to salary arbitration hearing on Wednesday and both sides presented their cases. The deal Thursday was struck during the 48-hour before a decision by the arbitrator is rendered. Bouma was reportedly seeking $2.5 million per season, the club countering at $1.5 million.

Bouma, who signed a one-year $775,000 deal last summer, had 34 points in 2014-2015 but became a valuable part of a surprising club for other factors: hits, shot blocks, energy level.

Calgary Flames sign Josh Jooris

Flames GM Brad Treliving has re-signed another one of the team’s restricted free agents in Josh Jooris. The 25-year-old forward has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension worth $975,000.

Jooris was scheduled for a player-elected arbitration hearing on July 28. That will obviously no longer be necessary.

In the short-term the Flames are paying very little for a solid bottom-6 forward with room to grow. Should Jooris continue to build on last season’s success he’ll earn himself a more lucrative deal next season.

Paul Byron‘s arbitration hearing is still upcoming.

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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

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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Sven Baertschi, Curtis Glencross gone; Calgary Flames on trade deadline day

02 Mar

The Calgary Flames have traded Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round pick. Trading a young first rounder for a younger second rounder doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Clearly the Flames know something I don’t. Now with three picks in the second round of the upcoming draft, maybe they are planning a package for a first rounder this summer?

Curtis Glencross is no longer a Flame, as expected. What we did not expect was to get a second and third round pick from the Washington Capitals for him. Remember last year when Mike Cammalleri was not moved by the Flames because they could only get a second-round pick for the perennial 30-goal scorer?

I’m quite happy with the deal since Curtis was only going to be a Flame for the remaining 20 games. As a fourth-line guy he wasn’t contributing much more than 6 minutes a night before the last week of the Glenncross/Ramo showcase showdown.

So what needs to happen today – trade deadline day? Well Calgary still needs to move Karri Ramo, and he’s done well to up his stock in the last few games. They could also move Dennis Wideman as his stock is as high as it’s ever going to get. I’d love to see Matt Stajan moved, but I’m doubtful anyone will take on that contract for a fourth-line centre. Maybe someone would take Brandon Bollig? He seemed to help Chicago during their runs.

Calgary also needs defencemen, now that (it’s likely) Mark Girodano will miss the remainder of the season. That means that if the Flames do move a defenceman, it would be Deryk Engelland – if there are any takers – and then they would have to get another D-man to replace him. That seems to hint that Wideman will remain a Flame after today. The Flames claimed defenceman David Schlemko off of waivers from the Dallas stars yesterday, but that won’t be much help. There is a reason why he was on waivers. SB Nation describes Schlemko as a defensive liability – not what you want to see on a defenceman’s resume.

Hey… Dion Phaneuf is available!?!? He could even be captain!

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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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Montreal Canadiens 2, Calgary Flames 1 (SO)

29 Oct

Price made 37 saves through regulation and overtime, then PA Parenteau scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

The loss proved costly to Calgary. Right wing Joe Colborne left the game with an upper-body injury after three shifts in the second period, and center Matt Stajan was forced from the game midway through the third after a knee-on-knee collision with Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who was penalized on the play. Again I don’t like seeing guys get hurt, but this was just after all-star Stajan set up the Habs’ tying goal.

The Calgary power play was the difference on this night, as Calgary failed to capitalize on three power plays in the final 10 minutes of regulation. They went 0-7 in the game. 

Forward Mason Raymond, who is tied for the Flames lead in goals with five, was placed on injured reserve earlier Tuesday with a shoulder injury; he is expected to be week-to-week.

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