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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

 

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.

 
 
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