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Flames choose Matthew Tkachuk sixth overall; trade for Brian Elliot

24 Jun

So who is Matthew Tkachuk?

More than just Keith Tkachuk’s kid, he’s a multi-dimensional energy winger who plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations.

Thanks to Vancouver for not picking him right before us. I get you needed a defenceman, but you passed on Tkachuk? Thanks again!

CALGARY FLAMES 2016 DRAFT PICKS
ROUND PICK OVERALL TEAM PLAYER POS COUNTRY HT WT AMATEUR LEAGUE AMATEUR TEAM
1 6 6 CGY
MATTHEW TKACHUK L USA 6′ 1″ 202 OHL LONDON
2 24 54 FLA-CGY
TYLER PARSONS G USA 6′ 1″ 185 OHL LONDON
2 26 56 DAL-CGY
DILLON DUBE C CAN 5′ 10″ 183 WHL KELOWNA
3 5 66 CGY
ADAM FOX D USA 5′ 10″ 181 USHL USA U-18
4 5 96 CGY
LINUS LINDSTROM C SWE 5′ 11″ 165 SWEDEN-JR. SKELLEFTEA JR.
5 5 126 CGY
MITCHELL MATTSON C USA 6′ 4″ 191 HIGH-MN GRAND RAPIDS
6 5 156 CGY
EETU TUULOLA R FIN 6′ 1″ 224 FINLAND-JR. HPK JR.
6 15 166 MIN-CGY
MATTHEW PHILLIPS C CAN 5′ 6″ 140 WHL VICTORIA
7 5 186 CGY
STEPAN FALKOVSKY D BLR 6′ 7″ 224 OHL OTTAWA

Calgary acquires Brian Elliott from the Blues

The Flames acquired Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round draft pick (35th overall) in 2018 and a conditional third-rounder.

A starter at $2.5M and one of the best records last year, for the low, low price of one of our two second round draft picks. His cap hit of $2.5 million this year gives the Flames tremendous flexibility this year and represent one of the best deals in the league for a starter given he led the NHL with a .930 save percentage last year.

No matter how much you love to watch the Flames squander their future, you’ve got to admit things have really picked up in the last few years.

Flames name Glen Gulutzan head coach

I know nothing of Gulutzan, other than I’m going to have to learn how to spell that name. So instead I’m going to cut and paste something from the Internet.

Gulutzan, a native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, brings 15 years of coaching experience to the club. Prior to serving the Canucks, the 44-year-old was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and before that, he led the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars for a pair of campaigns. In 2009-10, he took the AHL’s Stars to the Calder Cup finals.

Calgary Flames release 2016/17 schedule

The Flames will start with a home and home series with the Edmonton Oilers on October 12. Read the full schedule here.

Sean Monahan's hair

Sean Monahan’s hair

Las Vegas awarded NHL franchise

The expansion team will begin play in 2017-18 season, of course this means there will be an expansion draft before the start of next season.

The following rules were approved for the 2017 Expansion Draft:

Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:

  • Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender
  • Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender

All players who have currently effective and continuing “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).

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Calgary Flames fire Bob Hartley and Jacques Cloutier

03 May

Wow, that kinda came out of left field. It always seemed to me that Hartley got more out of this team than you would have expected. One year of over-performing which lead to a Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year has so quickly been forgotten when the team has a year performing as the rest of us expected.

“This is not based on this season,” Treliving said. Oh no? Was it based on last year’s Coach of the Year season? I can’t see how this is based on on-ice performance of the team. It kind of makes you wonder if Bob has ‘lost the room’ as people say.  Or at the very least, lost the confidence of the ownership/management group.

Treliving certainly took a lot of responsibility for the on-ice performance, yet he remains employed by the Calgary Flames. Just sayin’

Treliving also mentioned that this decision is not based on Bruce Boudreau being available, although the coincidence around timing sure is head-scratch worthy.

Stay tuned for the Bruce Boudreau announcement 😉

 

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Calgary Flames and Sharks Preview, Road Trip Recap, Draft Pick Update

07 Mar

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, I have no better excuse that it’s taken me a while to catch up with all the games I’ve PVR’d. What I can say overall is that the scenario of being in a came and losing it in the final 5 minutes, or being behind by one goal and not being able to score with the goalie pulled — and losing — is the best possible outcome for the Flames and our rebuild.

Race for the draft pick lottery

First of all, Sports Club Stats has the odds of the Flames making the playoffs this year at 0.8%. So let’s move right to the conversation on tanking.

Calgary is second last in the league, one point below both Edmonton and Winnipeg. However Calgary has three games in-hand on the Oilers, so unless they lose all three, chances are we’ll be ahead of Edmonton before too long.

Since last-place Toronto is six points below Calgary, there is little chance the Flames are going to ‘catch’ them for the best shot at the first overall pick. However even if you finish last, your odds of picking first are just 1-in-5. Then the odds for teams 29th through 20th overall begin at 13.5% and go down to 5%. So really your odds of getting that pick are similar if you finish in the bottom handful of teams.

If the season were to end today, Calgary has a 11.5% chance of winning the pick.

Here are the projected top-five picks, according to Sportsnet:

1. Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (Swiss) 6-2, 195 lb.
Passed on the NCAA and the WHL to go to Europe and has six goals in first eight games.

2. Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnia (OHL) 6-2, 194 lb.
Has recovered from off-season shoulder surgery. Is a physically dominant player with offensive talent.

3. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL) 6-1, 188 lb.
Just like his dad: A prototypical power left winger. Chose the Knights over the University of Notre Dame.

4. Patrik Laine, LW, Tampere (Finland) 6-4, 210 lb.
Has an NHL shot now and scouts are already talking about how he plays with an Esa Tikkanen-like edge.

5. Julien Gauthier, C, Val d’Or (QMJHL) 6-4, 221 lb.
Seven goals in 10 games to start his third campaign in the “Q”. Had 38 last season.

San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames preview

The San Jose Sharks are 2-1-1 against the Calgary Flames this year, who won 6-5 in a shootout at SAP Center on Feb. 11 in their most recent game.

After a 4-2 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday ended a three-game winning streak, coach Pete DeBoer is hoping the Sharks can bounce back against the two teams with the fewest points in the Western Conference – San Jose plays Edmonton afterwards.

Goaltender Joni Ortio is expected to start after he got his first NHL victory since Jan. 19, 2015, in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Ortio has allowed 13 goals and has a .914 save percentage in his past five games.

Let’s recap the trip

Calgary Flames 4 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Calgary ended a 7-game losing streak when they fought back from two one-goal deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 at Consol Energy Center on Saturday. Ortio finally won a game this year, Joni Ortio made 29 saves to earn his first win in 10 appearances this seasons (1-6-2).

Buffalo Sabres 6 – Calgary Flames 3

The Buffalo Sabres are 10-0-2 against the Flames since Calgary’s last win in Buffalo since 1996. Marcus Foligno had a goal and two assists and Jack Eichel scored his 18th goal of the season to help the Sabres to a 6-3 win against the Flames at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

Boston Bruins 2 – Calgary Flames 1

Patrice Bergeron scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3:24 remaining in the third period to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Calgary was assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice with 4:07 to play. The Bruins’ power play had been 0-for-4 and hadn’t scored in a goal in Boston’s previous four games. But Bergeron capitalized on Boston’s fifth chance of the night when he beat Joni Ortio with a one-timer.

Philadelphia Flyers 5 – Calgary Flames 3

Brayden Schenn got his first NHL hat trick, and Claude Giroux had four assists to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

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Calgary Flames win Trade Deadline 2016!

29 Feb

It’s a big day for the Flames. For a long time we’ve had trouble admitting we were sellers. Then for the first year after we formally admitted to rebuilding, Calgary made a miracle run with some kids and made it to the second round of the playoffs. However this year is different, we’re sellers, we’re out of the playoffs for sure, and we have some players that we’d love to part ways with (if we can find someone to take them).

Update: Treliving managed to get rid of Jones, Russell and Hudler and got a good return for all three. Also a pretty good prospect in Hunter Shinkaruk earlier in the week. Also got a goalie that used to be good, kind of like how Hiller once was.

Let’s recap.

Most likely to be moved

May be moved

  • BRANDON BOLLIG – Tough playoff-bred player who helped the Blackhawks win a Cup.
  • MATT STAJAN – At 33, this may be his last kick at the cat. I’m sure a team wouldn’t mind renting him for a few weeks, he’d likely come back to retire a Flame.
  • DERYK ENGELLAND – Good 5-6 defenceman, and you need depth at defense in the playoffs.
  • JONAS HILLER – Anyone need a backup goalie with playoff experience? We certainly do not.
  • MARKUS GRANLUND – Traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Hunter Shinkaruk.

Probably not going anywhere

  • LANCE BOUMA – Just 25 years old, he’ll likely not be moved.
  • JOE COLBORNE – Joe is finally coming into his own as a bottom 6 forward.
  • JOSH JOORIS – Has little value anyway, and could surprise you with a future you saw glimpses of last season.
  • JAKUB NAKLADAL – The 28-year-old rookie may be being showcased for trade deadline day.
  • TYLER WOTHERSPOON – We’re probably not trading any 22-year-olds during a rebuild.
  • JONI ORTIO – After sustaining a serious injury that will probably keep out until after camp next year, and he’s a UFA, way too much could happen between now and late 2016. No one will touch that.
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Flames interested in James van Riemsdyk

20 Jul

I was just told there are five teams with big interest in Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, and three teams are very serious. The Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames have put together major proposals and have entered into discussions internally regarding a move.

Random thought: The reason Michael Frolik wears No. 67 is that Jaromir Jagr is No. 68 and he didn’t want to go higher than that. That’s a good reason.

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Sven Baertschi, Curtis Glencross gone; Calgary Flames on trade deadline day

02 Mar

The Calgary Flames have traded Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round pick. Trading a young first rounder for a younger second rounder doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Clearly the Flames know something I don’t. Now with three picks in the second round of the upcoming draft, maybe they are planning a package for a first rounder this summer?

Curtis Glencross is no longer a Flame, as expected. What we did not expect was to get a second and third round pick from the Washington Capitals for him. Remember last year when Mike Cammalleri was not moved by the Flames because they could only get a second-round pick for the perennial 30-goal scorer?

I’m quite happy with the deal since Curtis was only going to be a Flame for the remaining 20 games. As a fourth-line guy he wasn’t contributing much more than 6 minutes a night before the last week of the Glenncross/Ramo showcase showdown.

So what needs to happen today – trade deadline day? Well Calgary still needs to move Karri Ramo, and he’s done well to up his stock in the last few games. They could also move Dennis Wideman as his stock is as high as it’s ever going to get. I’d love to see Matt Stajan moved, but I’m doubtful anyone will take on that contract for a fourth-line centre. Maybe someone would take Brandon Bollig? He seemed to help Chicago during their runs.

Calgary also needs defencemen, now that (it’s likely) Mark Girodano will miss the remainder of the season. That means that if the Flames do move a defenceman, it would be Deryk Engelland – if there are any takers – and then they would have to get another D-man to replace him. That seems to hint that Wideman will remain a Flame after today. The Flames claimed defenceman David Schlemko off of waivers from the Dallas stars yesterday, but that won’t be much help. There is a reason why he was on waivers. SB Nation describes Schlemko as a defensive liability – not what you want to see on a defenceman’s resume.

Hey… Dion Phaneuf is available!?!? He could even be captain!

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Calgary Flames line up for opening night

04 Oct

Here is my best guess as to what the opening night roster is going to look like. This projected line up is something I like to do throughout the year, you can find it on the www.thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations page.

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND LANCE BOUMA DEVIN SETOGUCHI
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG PAUL BYRON BRIAN MCGRATTAN
Defencemen
First pairing MARK GIORDANO TJ BRODIE
Second pairing DENNIS WIDEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
Third pairing LADISLAV SMID RAPHAEL DIAZ
Goalies
Starter  JONAS HILLER
Backup KARRI RAMO
Injured
MIKAEL BACKLUNDDAVID JONES;
Scratched
SVEN BAERTSCHIDERYK ENGELLAND

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Flames 4, Islanders 2

07 Feb

This was a game Calgary had no business winning. New York clearly outplayed the entire team with the exception of one guy – Reto Barra. I’ve been harsh on Berra before, like Vernon he always seems to let in a real softie when you need him to just stay in position, but last night’s win was all because of him.

Well Backlund didn’t play too shabby either. Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter for another two-point effort — his fifth in a six-game span. We found out today that Mikael will not replace one of the Sedin sisters on the Swedish Olympic team.  That was just a Swedish reporters ‘what if’ scenario. The Swedes officially named Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals as Sedin’s fill-in at the five-ring circus.

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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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So what’s Miikka Kiprusoff going to do now?

14 May

We were all expecting a couple weeks to go by and Kipper to come out and announce that he will/will not be back with the Flames in September. The last we heard was from Flames sage Curtis Glencross who expects him not to come back. I’m sure that if he does decide to retire, it’ll be through Finland’s media and we’ll find out about it from *shutter* Eric Francis who seems to follow everyone on Twitter. Except me for some reason. He probably can’t find my follow button.

So what can we do in the meantime? Well I guess we can use Google Translate to search Kipper’s local newspapers for ‘Kiprusoff’ and ‘retirement,’ and we can speculate what a good post-NHLer job would be for him.

First off the search. Well, according to http://www.mtv3.fi he is not planning on returning to play in Finland next year. That’s kinda news I guess.

Secondly – and most importantly – what would be a good job for Kipper in retirement? I’m going to put my money on a Customs Officer at Turku’s International Airport – Turavia. Because all you need is a stone-face and no personality!

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