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Flames 2, Avalanche 1 – Preseason

29 Sep

I didn’t see the game last night, but apparently Iginla was playing as he had a chance to tie the game late. The Avs outshot Calgary 36-24, but Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio stepped up. The Flames dressed eight fresh-faced rookies for the contest in Colorado. The Avs iced a veteran-laden lineup. Michael Ferland tallied two goals and was named the games first star. Calgary is 3-3 now in the preseason. 

The Flames dispatched a dozen players Saturday. Keegan Kanzig, the 2013 draft choice, was sent to the WHL’s Victoria Royals, while 11 were assigned to the AHL Adirondack Flames.

Goalies Doug Carr and Brad Thiessen, defencemen Curtis Gedig, Dustin Stevenson and forwards Mathieu Tousignant, Trevor Gillies, Kenny Agostino, David Wolf, Bryce Van Bradant, Ben Hanowski and Garnet Hathaway will report to Glens Falls, N.Y., for the AHL team’s training camp that opens Monday.

The Flames have 45 players remaining in camp.

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Flames 4, Coyotes 3 (OT) – Preseason

25 Sep

Now this just might be me, or the fact that the game last night was in Sylvan Lake in a rink that seats 1,000, but the preseason games this year have had more of a hockey feel to them as opposed to a scrimmage. It seems as though there is less disparity between the kids who are going back to junior and the men who already have a spot on the roster. It appears as though the guys are in pretty good shape and their hands and feet are keeping up with their heads. The games against Edmonton and Arizona have felt like real hockey to me. I don’t know,  maybe it’s been just a really long golf season.

By the way, why was Kraft Hockeyville featuring Calgary and Arizona? Why not Edmonton, Vancouver or Winnipeg? Come on Kraft, you had a year to plan this game. Perhaps it’s because there are more Calgarians in Arizona than in most Canadian cities.

Hats off to Curtis Glencross, Josh Jooris, Raphael Diaz, Deryk EngellandJoe ColborneBrian McGrattanDavid Wolf and Kris Russell, who all had noticeable games.

Hats on to Sven Baertschi. Despite scoring a goal and making a hit, is going to have to work a lot harder to win back the favour of the coaches this year.

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Calgary Flames and free agent frenzy – who’s in and who’s out

02 Jul

The Calgary Flames signed three guys, Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland. Hiller will make $4.5M/season in a two-year deal, Raymond will make just over $3M for three years, and Engelland will make $2.9M for three seasons. More info on each is below.

Mike Cammalleri went to New Jersey for a nice $25M, 5-year deal. Good for Cammy, he deserved that. Joey MacDonald went to the Montreal Canadiens, in a move that didn’t surprise anyone. And role players Ben Street signed with Colorado while Blair Jones went to Philadelphia. Calgary signed Paul Byron for another year at $600,000.

The Calgary Flames also tendered qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: Chad BillinsLance BoumaJoe ColborneMark CundariBen Hanowski, and Joni Ortio.

On draft day the Flames traded the 83rd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft for Brandon Bollig of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jarome Iginla went to the Colorado Avalanche shortly after they lost fan favourite in Paul Stastny. The Avalanche signed Iginla to a three-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday. Iginla scored 30 goals and had 31 assists in 78 games with the Boston Bruins last season. Since Calgary was needing to get to the cap, and Iggy doesn’t seem too concerned about winning a Cup, this deal confirms that the Iginla to Calgary Bridge has been burned. 

More on the free agents:

  • Hiller, a native of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, has spent the last seven seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Last season, Hiller played in 50 games with a 29-13-7 record, five shutouts, 2.48 goals against average and a .911% save percentage. He has 326 career games with a 162-110-32 record with the Ducks.
  • Mason, a native of Calgary, Alberta, spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing all 82 games netting 19 goals and adding 26 assists for 45 points and 22 penalty minutes. He has played 456 career games with 99 goals and 124 assists for 223 points in addition to 55 playoff games where he scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.
  • Engelland, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has spent the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season, he played in 56 games netting six goals and six assists for 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He has amassed 243 career NHL games with 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points and 308 penalty minutes.

Calgary Flames Free Agent tracker

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Flames draft Sam Bennett 4th overall

27 Jun

Bennett, a native of Holland Landing, Ont., had 91 points this past season for the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, where he played for ex-Flames centre Doug Gilmour. The six-foot 178-pounder was named OHL player of the year this past season. He’s seen as a high-energy player with skills in all areas of the ice.

Bennett has elite talent, but his lack of size and his failure to do even one pull-up at the scouting combine means he may be one year away from playing in the NHL. He will get his nine-game tryout, after which his new team will decide to either keep him in the NHL or return him to Kingston for one more year of junior hockey. Either way, he’ll be in the NHL by 2015-16 at the latest.

At his top potential, Bennett is an All-Star, first-line center who can top out at 90-95 points. He could become a team captain down the road and a regular at the NHL Awards and All-Star Game.

Bennett can score 30-35 goals a year with his hockey smarts and his habit of keeping his stick on the ice. His vision and playmaking skills mean he is capable of 50-60 assists as well. He should be one of those players who makes his linemates better.

Here is how the Flames picked the rest of the 2014 draft:

Round Pick Overall Pick Team Player Drafted Position Nationality Height Weight League Hometown
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Canucks 1, Flames 5

14 Apr

The Flames finished 2013/14 in style with a nice submissive loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.

Of course since both teams suck, the storyline for the night was that Sister Daniel Sedin was taken to the hospital after a hit into the boards from NHL giant Paul Byron. Byron is listed as 5’7? and 153 lbs. I know it’s horrible to say after someone leaves the ice on a stretcher, but the hit was clean. It was an unfortunate accident. Byron will not be suspended and that’s the NHL saying as such.

The other story of the night was that the Flames signed someone even smaller than Byron, Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey is 5’9″ and 150 lbs. So I guess by training camp he’ll be bigger than Byron. Poor Paul Byron.

Well here’s to the end of the first season of the rebuild, although I think we all know it’s year 4 of the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-rebuild. Enjoy the playoffs Flames fans, I hope you have another team to root for.

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Flames 2, Panthers 1

07 Apr

The Flames took two games in two nights in Florida, after beating Roberto Luongo’s Panthers in yet another one-goal game.

Kenny Agostino scored his first NHL goal and Joey MacDonald came up huge, the third-stringer stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period alone.

The list of Flames who are either hurt or gone for personal reasons grew as well, with the addition of Backlund, Byron, Stajan and Wotherspoon. The list is now at nine:

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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…

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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.

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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

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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.