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Jets 4, Flames 1 – Preseason

07 Oct

The Flames end their preseason with a 4-4 record, which doesn’t really say anything so I’m not sure why I mentioned it.

What’s more important is the 23 guys that will be on the opening night roster, and the lines that Calgary will play at least one period with.

Here is the final roster as chosen by the geniuses over at TheCalgaryFlames.com: http://thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND MIKAEL BACKLUND DAVID JONES
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG LANCE BOUMA 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
None
Scratched
DERYK ENGELLANDPAUL BYRONDEVIN SETOGUCHI

 

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

 

Flames 4 – Jets 2 – Preseason

03 Oct

Josh Jooris, Sean Monahan. Two goals each. Johnny Gaudreau, three assists.

Jooris has been a pleasant surprise at Flames camp. Undrafted, the right-winger left Union College after three years to sign with Calgary a year ago. He spent all of last year with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat.

I don’t think there is any question that Gaudreau takes the only available spot up front. Which means Bennett goes down, which is expected; and Jooris goes down, which is really too bad. But that’s the way the roster works out… and he’ll be back.

Jooris from Gaudreau on TSN

 

 

Flames 2, Avalanche 0 – Preseason

01 Oct

He’s already got his own goal song.

Seconds after Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal at the Saddledome, Chuck Berry’s - Johnny B. Goode came blasting over the PA. It was the first goal of the game and turned out to be the winner as Jonas Hiller played solid to earn his first shutout in front of the home crowd.

The game wasn’t super-exciting up until that point, although it is fun to speculate on who’s in and who’s out. I’m going to dedicate my next post just to just that, as well as some news about the Flames new building (here’s a hint: it’s going to be downtown).

 

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.

 

Canucks 3, Flames 0 – Preseason

28 Sep

The Flames lost against a much more mature Vancouver team. I thought they played pretty well through the first two periods, although the penalties didn’t help. That’s probably due to being a bit slower that veteran NHLers.

Next up, Iggy’s Avs on Tuesday. Although you can bet he won’t be playing in Calgary in the preseason.

 

Canucks 3, Flames 1 – Preseason

26 Sep

The most exciting thing about this game was that it was the debut (albeit preseason) of the highest draft pick in Calgary history, Sam Bennett. He had a game-high seven shots on goal and an assist on Sean Monahan’s second-period goal, he was also the games first star.

Although if the game were real, Eddie Lack would have been it. He stopped all 20 Calgary Flames shots through the first half of the game. Calgary was out shooting Vancouver 13-3 after 20, and 26-12 after 40. But then ran out of gas in the third, getting outshot 11-5 in that period.

 

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.

 

Flames 1, Oilers 0 and Oilers 3, Flames 1 – Preseason

21 Sep

The Flames and Oilers split the split-squad game to open the preseason for both clubs Sunday night.

Obviously I didn’t see the game in Edmonton, since it was at the same time, but the guys that played in Calgary seemed to do pretty well. Calgary dominated the game for the first 35 minutes of the game, then fairly easily rode out a 1-0 lead until the end.

Joe Colborne, TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler and Morgan Klimchuk all had noticeable games. There were a couple big open ice hits but no fights and no hits along the boards. Devin Setoguchi was a victim of a pick which left him laid out on the ice, and very angry. The goalies pitched a shutout, but really weren’t tested that much.

The story line here is… since when did Devin Setoguchi become a Flame? I must have missed that. I’d better go do some heavy-duty investigative journalism here…. So Wikipedia tells me that on August 23, 2014, the Calgary Flames announced they had signed Setoguchi to a 1 year contract. That’s pretty un-newsworthy. Last year for Winnipeg Devin had 11 goals, 16 assists for 27 points in 75 games played.

Next up is the Arizona Coyotes (the team a whole state owns) in Sylvan Lake. I’m gonna get me in some water-slidin’!

 

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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