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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
 

Flames sign Dennis Wideman, Stempniak, Sarich, Jones, Comeau

30 Jun

The Flames acquired Wideman from the Washington Capitals and signed him to a five-year deal worth $26.25 million — 5.25M/year – making him the second-highest paid defenceman on the team. Soon to be the highest?? I guess we’ll have to wait for the trade market to dictate the future of Jay Bouwmeester.

The Calgary Flames have re-signed right-winger Lee Stempniak and defenceman Cory Sarich to a pair of two-year contract extensions. Stempniak will earn US$5 million, while Sarich agreed to a deal worth $4 million.

With Friday’s re-signing of Cory Sarich, the Calgary Flames now have nine defencemen on one-way contracts, a total that doesn’t reflect T.J. Brodie, who is still on his entry-level (two-way) deal. Here are the other nine rearguards in Calgary:

  • Jay Bouwmeester $6.68M
  • Dennis Wideman $5.25M
  • Mark Giordano $4.02M
  • Anton Babchuk $2.50M
  • Cory Sarich $2.00M
  • Chris Butler $1.25M
  • Derek Smith $.775M
  • Brett Carson $.575M
  • Clay Wilson $.525M

If I were a betting man, I’d say you Calgary blue line in 2012-13 will look like this:

  1. Dennis Wideman – Cory Sarich
  2. Mark Giordano – Chris Butler
  3. T.J. Brodie – Derek Smith

Uh oh.

The Flames also signed centre Blair Jones to a two-year deal worth $1.3 million, and Blake Comeau to a one-year deal worth $1.25M.

 
 
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