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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

 

Poor man’s Regehr? More like Regehr is an over-priced Scott Hannan

15 Aug

Hannan made $4.5M last year. This year with the Flames he will make $1M. Why the change… has he gotten that much worse in the past year? Nope. Is he too old to contribute? Nope. So why? Puck Daddy explains his theory as to why Hannan had to settle for a measly $1M with the forsaken Flames.

Now the Flames have seven defenceman on one-way contracts including Scott Hannan, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk, Chris Butler, and Brett Carson. That’s pretty much your defensive lineup for next year, not really striking fear into the hearts of other teams are they?

 

Flames sign Brendan Mikkelson

20 Jul

Man, I didn’t even hear this announcement. Um, maybe Flames brass cared as much as I do about it.

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the signing of defenceman Brendan Mikkelson.

“We are very pleased that Brendan has chosen to re-sign with the Flames and continue his professional development with our organization,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He has demonstrated that he is on the verge of cracking our line-up on a full-time basis, and he remained on our roster all year because we knew we would have lost him on waivers had we tried to send him to the AHL. We had excellent discussions with Brendan during our exit meetings and reviewed the things he needs to do in order to break into the line-up. He is a very valuable addition to our depth on the blue line, and we look forward to seeing his progress in camp this year.”

Mikkelson, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has 86 games of NHL experience between Anaheim and Calgary. He has six assists and 40 penalty minutes over parts of three NHL seasons. Brendan also has 150 games of AHL experience with 15 goals, 34 assists for 49 points and 115 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by Anaheim in the 2nd round (31st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Contract terms: One year, two-way contract with a an average annual value of $721,900.

 

Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison to a one-year deal

18 Jul

Well colour me stupified. Espedicially since we already know that his season-ending knee injury will keep him out of action through the start of 2011-12. Although for the price, what have you got to lose? This means that the Flames have 13 forwards committed to one-way contracts without even including Mikael Backlund. MSNBC is reporting that Niklas Hagman will be the odd man out.

The 35-year-old Morrison had nine goals and 34 assists in 66 games with Calgary last season and will make $1.25 million.

 

Flames sign Derek Smith

14 Jul

The Calgary Flames continue to shore up their defensive corps, signing free agent Derek Smith on Wednesday. The 27-year-old picked up 10 goals and 44 assists in 71 regular season games with the Binghamton Senators, placing him fourth among AHL defencemen. Smith has played in a total of 11 National Hockey League games with the Ottawa Senators

Smith comes to the Flames after a championship season in the American Hockey League. He was inked to a one-year, two-way contract at $700,000.

 

Flames sign Anton Babchuk instead of Richards

09 Jul

I’ve been on holidays, so I’ve been a little out of the loop. From what I’ve heard, Babchuk has resigned for $2.5M/season for two years, and Brad Richards chose New York over Calgary. I can’t possibly imagine why that is? </sarcasm>

Babchuk is what we got for Phaneuf, pretty much player-for-player. So at $5M less per season, and if Anton keeps performing the same level as Dion, then I guess I can’t hate the trade (or this contract). Yes, it would have been nice to have Richards but really… has he been a show stopper the last couple years? Probably not. Or at least not $60M over 9 years’ worth. And rumor has it that the Flames offered him more than that.

I’ll try to figure out what’s going on and update the site if I hear any new news.

 

No Richards yet, but Butler signed!

01 Jul

One report says that the Flames have made a presentation to Richards and his agent Friday afternoon. The pitch, apparently, included encouraging words from Jarome Iginla.

Another rumour had them offering Richards a package worth $64 million US over nine years. The Flames have about $7 in cap room left.

Adam Pardy has signed a two-year contract in Dallas for $2 million per season. No word on where Anton Babchuk is going to play next year. And Staios, if anyone is still interested in that.

This is from the Flames’ website:

“On the front of Flames UFA’s, defencemen Anton Babchuk and Adam Pardy had been sent offers before July 1st but neither could come to terms with the club. Pardy signed a two-year deal in Dallas worth $2 million per season while Babchuk is still available.”

The Flames inked restricted free agent Chris Butler to a two-year deal worth $1,250,000 per season and added depth by signing Carter Bancks, Quintin Laing and Joe Piskula.

Feaster did point out that he was pleased that his team had been able to secure a raft of its own unrestricted free agents — including forwards Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross, defenceman Brett Carson and goaltender Henrik Karlsson — before Friday.

 

Robyn Regehr traded to Buffalo, Alex Tanguay signs 5-year deal

25 Jun

The Flames sent Regehr, right wing Ales Kotalik and their second-round draft pick in 2012 to the Sabres for defenseman Chris Butler and center Paul Byron. We didn’t get much in return, but can you believe that the Sabres took back Kotalik? Wow.

Also Alex Tanguay signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract. The 31-year-old will earn $3.5 million annually until he’s 36, if he can last that long. It was the length of the deal that appealed to Tanguay,because after a couple shaky seasons it would be nice to sign a long-term deal based on the most recent solid season.

On draft day, the Flames chose LW Sven Baertschi with their 13th overall pick. The 18-year-old Swiss forward impressed NHL talent scouts for his goal-getting prowess. Last year playing for the Portland Winterhawks of North America’s Western Hockey League (WHL), he led all first year players in scoring with 85 points in 66 games.

The Flames picked twice in the second round, centre Markus Granlund 45th and defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon 57th.  Click here for a list of all Calgary Flames 2011 draft picks.

The best news of all? Ryan Smyth was traded back to the Oilers, and not Calgary. Whew.

 

It’s draft day! *updated*

24 Jun

Updates:

Here is the news I’ve heard:

  • The Ryan Smyth to Calgary move cannot happen unless the Flames move someone first to free up some cap room.
  • Speaking of that, Robyn Regher has been asked to waive his no trade clause to go to Buffalo, but no word if he’s agreed to that yet. In return? Flames would get Luke Adam and the Sabres’ 15th overall pick.
  • Can you say a three-way deal with Buffalo and L.A. with Ryan Smyth and Robyn Regher?
  • Alex Tanguay’s agent and the Flames meet again today.
  • The 2011/12 NHL schedule is out. Highlights you ask? Calgary opens the season against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct 8, and on Friday, March 9 the Winnipeg Jets visit the Dome. That’s right, it’s officially the Jets.
  • Here is a nice tribute to Harley Hotchkiss from the Flames.

I know you’re dying to know what I think. So here goes.

  • Smyth to Calgary? Are you freakin’ kidding me? Why do we need to be the pasture that former stars are put out to? What a waste of money that would be.
  • Regher to Buffalo? Yup, it is time for him to go. I would let him go for a first round pick.
  • Tanguay? I’d rather he stayed, but it depends on the price.
  • The Winnipeg Jets? How could it have been any other name? Although a Jet by any other name will still be golfing in April.
 
 
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