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Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

27 Mar

Did you ever think you’d see this day?

Ever since the announcement came out that Iginla was a healthy scratch against the Avalanche, you knew it was done.

Late last night it was announced that Pittsburgh sent the Flames college players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as the Penguins’ first pick in the 2013 draft for Iginla.

TSN reported early in the night that Boston Bruins defenceman Matt Bartkowski, prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick were headed to the Calgary Flames for Iginla. It had been speculated for quite a while, as Bartkowski is a healthy scratch for the Bruins while Khokhlachev wasn’t in the lineup for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence. Serves us all right for listening to Aaron Ward over Bob MacKenzie.

When you look back on this, how we got 16 seasons out of a guy we traded an aging Joe Nieuwendyk for, someone who became our all-time leader in pretty much every offensive category, he doesn’t owe us a thing. If we can get a couple prospects and a 1st round pick for him, I think that’s fair. Plus he’ll be back here in a few months anyway, so what’s the big deal?

As an aside, the Flames beat the Avs 4-3 to stay out of the NHL basement and stay six points out of eighth (with six teams to pass).

Thanks for the memories Iggy!

My favourite Iginla memory is The Shift. Darryl Sutter called it that. He said he had never seen one player dominate an entire team before. It was in the 2004 playoffs against Tampa Bay, in OT, if I remember correctly. Here is a description from YouTube: In Game 5 of the 2004 Cup Finals, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a shift for the ages. He was hooked, held, and had his helmet ripped off. In spite of all that, he persevered and set up the OT winner. It would’ve gone down as one of the all-time great Calgary Flames moments, if they had closed it out in Game 6. As is, its a tribute to the spirit and grit of the greatest player ever to put on a Flames jersey.

Of course setting up the Golden Goal was memorable, but that wasn’t as a Flame. Doesn’t count.

 

Kiprusoff out two weeks, Joey MacDonald to the rescue!

12 Feb

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff will miss another two weeks with a slight Grade 2 MCL sprain. Two more weeks means that Kipper will miss 12 or 25% of the games this season. Is it too soon to write the season off?

Kiprusoff was hurt at the end of the second period Feb. 5 against the Detroit Red Wings, when he and Johan Franzen collided near the net. The Flames claimed veteran goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers to replace Kiprusoff. He will pair with rookie Leland Irving.

Cammy is back, Street has been sent back to Abbotsford. So much movement, you’d better check out the current Calgary line combo page!

 

Flames 4 – Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

08 Feb

What?! The Flames win in overtime? What are the odds?

What are the odds that they’d do it with their backup, and without Michael Cammalleri? Yes it’s Columbus, but at this point of the season every team (except maybe Washington) is worse than  Calgary is. On top of that, the Flames are not known for their extra time/shootout prowess.

Also Mikael Backlund got hurt after he scored his third of the year. So that’s with Cammy and Kipper. Four with Sven.

Tanguay’s overtime goal is the exact type of moment that can turn a season around for a team, as the Flames have now won two straight. Still tied for last, but a win on Saturday will move them into 10th.

Calgary is hoping the momentum continues as they head into a heated showdown with the rival Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Update: Miikka Kiprusoff and Mikael Backlund both got put on injured reserve Friday. Michael Cammalleri remains day to day with a hip flexor and rookie Sven Baertschi is still week to week with a hip flexor. Kiprusoff was added to the IR retroactively and is considered day to day with a lower-body injury. Backlund is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks. The Flames have activated defenseman Anton Babchuk. Lord help us.

 

Almost game-day!

18 Jan

I’ve posted the most recent line combinations that I’m guessing will be the way the Flames line up for the first game against San Jose. Check out the 2013 Calgary Flames depth cart page here.

 

Iginla, Babchuk already on the IR

13 Jan

So we are only one day into camp and already we’re dealing with injuries. Iginla has a sore groin (probably from screwing over fans) so he may miss camp. That’s certainly not going to help his historic slow starts. Cervenka has not yet been cleared to skate with contact, and from the ‘does he even still play here’ files, Babchuk is out for 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury.

 

Calgary Flames 2013 Depth Chart

12 Jan
 

A look at where Flames players went during the lockout

12 Jan
So who’s going to be in game-shape come the 19th? I don’t know about that, but here is a look at who went where during the lockout.
 

Calgary entertains calls for Jay Bouwmeester

14 Jul

The Calgary Flames continue to entertain calls and inquiries for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who became available after the Flames acquired and signed Dennis Wideman, and interest has increased after Ryan Suter came off the free agent market to sign with Minnesota.

It’s believed the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers have all inquired about his availability. Don’t believe me? Check it out:

The Flames are looking for a top-six scorer in return. Glory be to Jay Feaster if he dump that salary AND get a legitimate forward in return.

 

Flames lose Jokinen, Moss, Hannan and Kostopoulos

07 Jul

Olli Jokinen signed a two-year deal, worth $4.5 million per season with the Winnipeg Jets. David Moss has been snapped up by the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flames also have not re-signed free agents Scott Hannan and Tom Kostopoulos.

Is Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler enough to replace Moss and Jokinen down the middle? Is Dennis Wideman enough to replace Hannan? (yes) How come Jay Bouwmeester is still a Flame?

The Flames have #3.5M left on the cap, and still need to pay Sven Baertschi his $1.5M. So they’ll likely need to shed some salary if they are planning on making any more moves.

 

Flames sign Jiri Hudler, $16M over 4 years

02 Jul

“Jiri Hudler is a highly skilled and dynamic offensive player,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is one of the very best goal scorers in the NHL at even strength and he puts a very high percentage of his shots on net, generating scoring chances for himself and rebound opportunities for his teammates. He fits our need to upgrade and improve our skill and we are very pleased to have him on board.”

Hudler has played 409 career games all with the Detroit Red Wings. Over his seven NHL seasons, he has accumulated 87 goals, 127 assists for 214 points and 160 penalty minutes. Last season Hudler scored a career high 25 goals and added 25 assists for 50 points and 42 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Red Wings. Hudler won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.

So let’s speculate some lines  at this particular moment in time, shall we?

Glencross    Cammalleri        Iginla
Tanguay       Hudler                 Cervenka
Baertshi        Backlund            Stempniak
Comeau        Jones/Stajan    Jackman
 
 
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