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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!

 

Flames trade Morrison to Hawks for minor-leaguer Brian Connelly

28 Jan

This was one of those deals you had to make. Morrison’s time here was extremely limited, and he no longer added anything to the on-ice team. And in Brian Connelly., the Flames acquire a 25-year-old American Hockey League all-star with offensive prowess.

Calgary fans will get the chance to say a proper goodbye to Morrison on Friday night with the Blackhawks in town to play the Flames.

The Flames also sent goalie prospect Joni Ortio to TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League in a move designed to create room for Henrik Karlsson on the Abbotsford Heat.

 

Calgary Flames injured players (as of Jan 19)

19 Jan

With our leading goal-scorer now out (Glencross) for what they are saying may be a few weeks, the chances of making up the 4 points seems to be less and less likely. Here is who we’ve got on IR at the moment.

Injured 01/18/12 Curtis Glencross LW Knee
Injured 01/18/12 Roman Horak LW Undisclosed
Injured 01/13/12 Derek Smith D High ankle sprain
Injured 01/10/12 Brendan Morrison C Upper Body
Injured 12/29/11 Alex Tanguay LW Upper Body
Injured 12/28/11 David Moss RW Foot/ankle
Injured 12/19/11 Matt Stajan C Ankle sprain
Injured 12/05/11 Henrik Karlsson G MCL
 

Flames 1 – Ducks 0, Rene Bourque traded for Mike Cammalleri

13 Jan

First of all, this game was probably one of the most boring games I’ve watched in a long time. Even thought Kipper got a shutout, and the Flames won in overtime. Mark Giordano returned after missing 21 games, assisted on Blair Jones’s first goal as a Flame, which was good to see. Gio also played over 21 minutes in his first game back.

But the game was overshadowed by the news that Mike Cammalleri was traded back to Calgary from Montreal in exchange for Rene Bourque. While it is sad to see Bourque go, this deal was pretty good for the Flames.

Here is the line from TSN: “Montreal traded Cammalleri, as well as goaltender Karri Ramo and fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Calgary Flames for  forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland a second round pick in 2013.

 

Flames 3 – Wild 1, and Iginla scores his 500th career goal

08 Jan

It’s rare that an individual’s milestone outweighs the two points for the win. But this was one of those times. Along with 1000 points, 500 goals, 50-in-50, and when (if) someone scores 93 goals…  or 77 goals as a rookie.

Craig Conroy put it best, “Just 500, it’s hard to imagine. Even if you have 10 50-goal seasons, that’s amazing. You’ve got to figure it’s going to be a long time before the next guy does it. Maybe people will appreciate it more [down the road].”

It wasn’t pretty, but I’m sure he is glad to get these bounces…

Congratulations Iggy.

 

Nik Hagman no longer a Flame

15 Nov

At the town hall in September, Jay Feaster was asked straight-up by one of the Flames’ loyalists “Who do you think will be the surprise player of the year?”

Feaster didn’t hesitate, “Niklas Hagman,” he said. And the crowd laughed.

“No really,” said Jay, and he went on to explain how Hagman was really disappointed in himself and that this year will be different.

Well, it wasn’t. After being put on waivers last week and sent down to Abbotsford of the AHL, Hagman was claimed on re-entry wavers by the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim and Calgary will split the remainder of his US$3-million salary this season.

Flames general manager Jay Feaster said he met with Hagman last week to tell him he was trying to complete a trade but no one was willing to take on his contract.

“I advised Nik that upon clearing waivers we would place him on re-entry waivers and I gave him permission to speak with other teams,” Feaster said in a statement Monday. “We are pleased for Nik that he was claimed and we wish him well.”

Feaster said Hagman did not fit in the team’s plans for the future.

My, how times do change.

 

Morrison, Babchuk out indefinately

11 Nov

Brendan Morrison is back on the injured-reserve list due to “inadequate rehabilitation of ACL knee surgery,” and will be replaced by centre Paul Byron.

Anton Babchuk had his left hand had been fractured blocking a first-period shot Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild — and T.J. Brodie is back in the National Hockey League.

Calgary’s new line combinations have been posted.

 

Backlund breaks finger, out 6 weeks

04 Oct

Well that changes the lineups a bit…

Check out the opening day lineup any time of the year on the Calgary Flames current line combinations page. Here’s what Saturday’s opener against the Penguins will look like.

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line Tanguay, Alex Moss, David Iginla, Jarome
Second line Glencross, Curtis Jokinen, Olli Stempniak, Lee
Third line Hagman, Niklas Horak, Roman Bourque, Rene
Fourth line Jackman, Tim Stajan, Matt Kostopoulos, Tom
Defencemen
First pairing Giordano, Mark Bouwmeester, Jay
Second pairing Hannan, Scott Babchuk, Anton
Third pairing Butler, Chris Sarich, Cory
Goalies
Starter Kiprusoff, Miikka
Backup Karlsson, Henrik
 

Calgary Flames final* roster

03 Oct

The final roster will be announced on Wednesday, but because of some injuries and being only four players above the required 23-man roster, we have a pretty good idea of what this team will look like come October 8th.

I really didn’t want to see Roman Horak cut, especially to give Matt Stajan his (potential) spot. But you (and Feaster) have to make decisions with your head, not your gut or your heart.

I also haven’t heard anything about Ivanans, but the Flames have him on their website as no longer injured. With the suspension to Letourneau-Leblond Ivanans is likely to fill in on the fourth line. Unless of course Bourque is ready to go for the start of the year, which Sutter says he will be, and then Stempniak will be bumped to the third line, Jackman to the fourth, and Ivanans will sit.

*not actually final

 
 
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