Monahan signs 7-year extension, Gaudreau still unsigned

22 Aug

Sorry, I’ve been on holidays. And frankly maintaining a hockey website in August doesn’t really appeal to me.

However I did want to comment on Mony’s contract, a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $44.6 million US on Friday morning.

Monahan has actually topped all players from his 2013 draft class in goals (80) and points (159), outpacing No. 1 overall pick Nathan Mackinnon (59 goals and 153 points) as well as Aleksander Barkov (52, 119), the Florida Panthers’ young star.

“When you look at his production, when you look at what Sean’s done over the three years, he’s been at the high-end of that level,” Treliving said.

I though the deal was fair for both sides. I liked the term but I didn’t like the amount, so I guess it balances out. You have to pay more for a first-line centre than you would most other positions so if this the deal that kept Sean here, then that’s the deal I’m happy with.

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Troy Brouwer and Chad Johnson in; Colbourne, Ortio, Raymond out

05 Jul


Calgary inked Troy Brouwer to a four-year/$18-million deal and goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year/$1.7 million deal. Along with draft day trade acquisition Brian Elliot you’ve got to be happy with what the Flames acquired.

Unrestricted free agents

Joni Ortio, Bill Arnold, Kenny Agostino, Josh Jooris, Joe Colborne, Drew Shore, Bryce van Brabant, Turner Elson and Kevin Poulin all received qualifying offers and became unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Joe Colborne has signed for two years at $2.5M per season with the Colorado Avalanche. This is probably the off-season move that has me the most upset. Colborne has slowly improved over the last few years and should probably improve for the next few more before plateauing.

Also Mason Raymond was bought out of his contract, so he’ll be looking for a job come fall.


Calgary Flames acquire right winger Alex Chiasson

28 Jun

The Calgary Flames acquired right winger Alex Chiasson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenceman Pat Sieloff, the clubs announced Monday.

Chiasson, an impending restricted free agent, has been on the trade market for weeks. The Flames promptly signed the forward to a one-year contract worth $800,000 — a decrease from the $1.2 million he earned in 2015-16.

I guess that the money is favourable, but to give up a young defenceman for a fourth-line right winger? What is this trade all about, are we not being truculent enough?

Since being selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Chiasson has scored 38 goals and added 44 assists for 82 points in 239 career NHL games.

The 22-year-old Sieloff made his NHL debut last season, playing one game with Calgary. In his lone game, he scored the game-winning goal in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on April 9. In 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, he scored two goals, nine assists and recorded 54 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Superior, Mich., was Calgary’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. Sieloff has represented the United States internationally on three occasions, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia.

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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!

1 6 6 CGY
2 24 54 FLA-CGY
2 26 56 DAL-CGY
3 5 66 CGY
ADAM FOX D USA 5′ 10″ 181 USHL USA U-18
4 5 96 CGY
5 5 126 CGY
6 5 156 CGY
6 15 166 MIN-CGY
7 5 186 CGY

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 will select 6th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

30 Apr

So Calgary dropped from 5th overall (based on points at the end of the season) to 6th overall because of the lottery.

And who’s fault is that? Winnipeg’s. The Jets moved from 6th overall to 2nd, darn Winnipeg. But what a great time to plug the Weakerthans.

Let’s have a look at the picks that Calgary will likely have a shot at now that they’re sitting 6th.

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Matthew Tkachuk

Jakob Chychrun

Mikhail Sergachev

I’m going to take the safe bet here and guess Calgary will likely select someone from the OHL.


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Farewell 2015/16 NHL Season, I hardly knew thee

11 Apr

It’s the end of the season and what have we learned?

The Flames can score

The most positive thing I’ve heard about this year’s Calgary Flames is that they have more scoring from players under 22 years old than any other team in the league. Calgary finished 10th in goals for per game (how does that work?). Johnny Gaudreau finished 7th as an individual.

The Flames cannot prevent others from scoring

The Calgary Flames were the worst team in the whole league in goals against. They allowed 3.13 goals/game. That’s awful, the league average is 2.56. Also, Calgary had the worst penalty kill in the NHL at 75.5%. So the secret is really no secret. If you get a goalie who is average, and clean up the penalty kill, you’ll be a playoff team next year.

Individual accomplishments do not equal team wins

Last season there were a lot of players with career years and that was often cited as the reason why Calgary did so well. However this season we had just as many players – if not more – that had career years and Calgary wasn’t even close to the playoffs. They were 10 points out of the playoffs and an amazing 20 points worse than they were last year. Ouch.

It’s fun to begin and end on a high note

The first game of the year and the last (home) game of the year were as good as it got. In the first year the team is undefeated and the fans are all on board. Throughout the season you could notice the bow of the boat getting higher and higher as more and more fans jumped ship. By the end of the year the community had accepted the dismal season as reality, and it was just enjoyable to see Backlund get rewarded with his first career hat trick in a 7-3 drubbing of the almost-as-awful Canucks.

Blog like a champain

The last thing I’ve learned that it was too much for me to update a blog about the Flames every other day during the month of March. You’d be surprised how difficult it was to find 5 minutes, 3 times per week. I think that had the Calgary Flames been destined for the playoffs this week rather than polishing up golf clubs, things may have been different.

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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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Calgary acquires Hunter Shinkaruk from the Canucks

23 Feb

Markus Granlund is no longer a Calgary Flame. Hunter Shinkaruk is — or a Stockton Heat anyway.

The Flames were able to swap the 22-year-old for a former 1st round pick in Hunter Shinkaruk. I’m not sure what Vancouver was thinking in this instance, since they are a year behind Calgary in their own rebuild. I guess they figured that they needed some depth at centre, and that they had enough prospects with scoring ability to trade one for a bottom six forward?

Obviously both players still have their careers ahead of them but at this point it seems like Granlund projects to be a middle-6/bottom-6 forward while Shinkaruk’s productions leaves reason to optimistic about his future as a top-6 guy at the NHL level.

It’s not all roses for the Calgary Flames though, at least one Vancouver blogger feels that Granlund may turn out to be a long-term NHLer where Shinkaruk will not. Even though he raises a couple good points, I still like our chances of winning this one long-term.

A Calgary native, Shinkaruk was drafted by the Canucks in the first round (24th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The 21-year-old has 21 goals and 18 assists in 45 games this season with the AHL’s Utica Comets. The winger made his NHL debut this season on Nov. 16 for Vancouver against Montreal.

Granlund is a 22-year-old forward who has gotten off to a respectable start to his NHL career tallying 14 goals and 28 points in his first 86 NHL games.

Anaheim Ducks 5, Calgary Flames 2

Hey guess what? The Flames lost a game in Anaheim! I know right? It’s shocking that the Flames — who haven’t won in Anaheim in more than a decade — lost another one on Sunday.

Ryan Kesler had two goals and an assist to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames. Patrick Maroon, Ryan Getzlaf and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Ducks (31-19-8).

The Flames (26-29-3), who got goals from Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund, have lost 22 straight regular-season games in Anaheim. Their last win was Jan 19, 2004.