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Calgary Flames News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
12/5/13: As if the Flames do not have enough problems and injuries, news comes that they are going to be missing two key players for while. Veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman is out six to eight weeks with a fractured hand, while rookie sensation Sean Monahan has a hairline fracture on his foot and is considered week to week. Calgary has a struggled all year and has won only twice in their last ten games. Injuries to key players will not make it any easier on the Flames, though it does give them the opportunity to get some young prospects some NHL experience.
11/28/13: The Flames seem inclined to make deals as they continue to languish near the cellar of the Pacific Division. They already traded Tim Jackman to Anaheim and may be looking to make another move. According to reports, there are several teams interested in forward Mikael Backland. The team is open to trading the 24 year old, who was a first round pick in 2007. Backland only has two goals this season and has taken a back seat to rookie Sean Monahan. Since Calgary is rebuilding, it may be a good move for them to acquire prospects or draft picks.
11/21/13: The Flames, and everyone else, knew that this would be a tough season as the team has finally committed itself to rebuilding rather than trying to get by with patching in veterans with undeveloped players. Still, some losses sting more than others - particularly at the hands of the archrival. Calgary faced Edmonton with both teams trying to break five game losing streaks. Calgary started strong and took a 2-0 lead into the third period. Edmonton, however, posted four unanswered goals and came out with a 4-2 win. Now we will get to see what the Flames are made of as they try to bounce back from this latest loss.
11/14/13: The Calgary Flames released a statement earlier this week about charges facing prospect Brett Kulak. Kulak was selected by the Flames in the fourth round of the 2012 entry draft and plays in the Western Hockey League. Chargers were filed against Kulak and teammate Jackson Houck (an Edmonton Oilers prospect) stemming from an incident that occurred in August. Kulak was charged with assault and making threats. The Flames claim to support Kulak, though they do not condone his actions. Kulak is expected to be in court on November 20 for the next step in the legal process.
11/7/13: Many headlines in Calgary have started with "Flames fall to…" , and that trend continued with a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings, putting their record at 5-6-2 on the season. The Flames sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division and are ahead of only the rival Edmonton Oilers, who only have three wins. Calgary placed backup goaltender Joey MacDonald and called up Reto Berra. Berra is a young netminder that the Flames want to develop to possibly be the goalie of the future. MacDonald played well in the time he was in Calgary, but he was always intended to be a stop-gap goaltender while Berra developed.
10/31/13: The Calgary Flames made the tough decision to keep Sean Monahan on the team rather than send him back to juniors. Monahan was the sixth overall pick - and in professional basketball or football basically guarantees a starting position, but not in professional hockey. Monahan has been the Flames best player this year so it makes sense to keep him on the NHL roster. The argument against it is that they could delay the starting date on his contract for another year. The reality is that he is not going to improve in the juniors, so let him develop against the competition he should be playing against. Good call by the Flames.
10/24/13: Calgary has a big decision to make this week. The Flames selected Sean Monahan with the 6th overall pick in the June draft. If this were football or even basketball, he would likely be penciled in a starter. Hockey is different and usually draft picks are around 18 or 19 years old and will spend a few more years in college or juniors. That was the plan for Monahan, but he already has 8 points in his first seven NHL games. The Flames can keep him on the team for up to nine games before sending back down. After nine games he is a pro. While the Flames would like him to develop more, he may have shown enough to stay with big league team.
10/17/13: Things may not be as dire in Calgary as originally feared. Through four games, the Flames have picked up six out of a possible eight points. Even the games they did not win in regulation could have been wins. They held a 3-0 lead on the Capitals but lost 5-4 in a shoot out. They also blew a 3-1 lead over the Vancouver Canucks, again losing 5-4 (but in overtime). Calgary was picked to finish last by many experts as they rebuild. But the hot start may start giving Flames' fans some hope that they are closer than anyone realized.
10/10/13: The Calgary Flames used one of their three first round picks on forward Sean Monahan (6th pick overall) and he is showing the Flames' fans why they should be happy that Colorado did not accept the Flames' offer of all three of their picks for the number one overall selection. Through three games, he has two goals and an assist, with a point in each game. Monahan can play nine games with the Flames before the team has to decide whether to keep him or send him back to the OHL. With the way he is playing, it looks like he may make the big club full time.
10/3/13: Calgary brought in long-time NHL man Brian Burke as the Director of Hockey Operations to revive the franchise. The Flames made a fatal mistake a few years back by holding on to their core that got them one goal away from winning the Stanley Cup - in 2004. By holding on to these players, they bloated their salary obligations and got old without much development of young talent. Now the team has hit the reset button and looks committed to rebuilding - as evidenced by keeping all three of their first round picks in 2013 draft.
9/26/13: The Calgary Flames have had some great captains in their history including Larry McDonald and Jerome Iginla. When the Flames traded Iginla late last season, it left a void at leadership. The Flames this past week announced the 19th captain in their franchise history and it is Mark Giordano. Giordano is the definition of a guy who worked his way into the league. He was invited as an undrafted free agent to training camp by the Flames in 2004. He spent a few years with the Flames AHL affiliate and finally broke into the league in the 2007-08 season. In 355 games he has 41 goals and 109 assists. No he is not the best player on the team, but teams need leadership.
9/19/13: It does not matter what sport is being discussed - whether it is the NBA , NFL, soccer, or women's college volleyball - 'experts' are going to put out predictions on where each team will end the season. It is no different in the NHL. Many have picked Calgary to finish in last place this season as they begin a rebuilding process (that is about five years too late). New Flames winger TJ Galiardi is not happy about that and intends to prove the pundits and the populous wrong. The season starts in just a few weeks, and Galiardi will have his chance to prove them (us) wrong.
9/12/13: The Calgary Flames announce the hiring of Brian Burke as the president of hockey operations. There has been a lot of negative opinions about this hire - and it is probably not good news (in the long term) for general manager Jay Feester - but Burke is NHL royalty. The Flames need to rebuild and Burke likely understands that this is not an overnight process. Simply plugging in high priced veterans is not sustainable. Burke will likely continue the process of scrapping the team to rebuild it. He is a solid hockey guy and in the long term will be good for the Calgary Flames.
9/4/13: While optimism may not be abounding in Calgary for the upcoming season, there is still plenty to root for. For one thing, the team has finally admitted to itself that they do not have the roster to consistently compete in the Western Conference and is now committed to rebuilding the franchise. The run to the Stanley Cup in 2004 was fantastic, but almost a decade ago. That means that a new crop of talent is ripe for development and support. One major role that has yet to be defined is who will be the next captain. Jerome Iginla wore that title well for years, but now it is time for the next generation of Flames to step up and carry the torch.
8/29/13: Even though the Flames would not admit it until recently, everyone who follows hockey knows that they are rebuilding. The Flames were savvy enough last season to trade away high priced fixtures like Jerome Iginla and Jay Boumeester, and they were compensated with first round draft picks. The team is a few years away from seeing those new guys on the ice, but at least they are making the needed moves to reduce salary and develop from within. Do not expect the Flames to be a playoff contender this coming season, but their future looks brighter now than it did six months ago.
8/22/13: Training camp is not next week or the week after, so teams still have time. However, the Flames are in a transition year. The front office finally admitted to themselves that they do not have the talent to compete in the West, so they started shipping off veterans at the trade deadline. Gone is Jerome Iginla, the captain for so many years, as well as their best defenseman in Jay Boumeester. So the Flames are looking for leadership on the team. Options for the new captain include Mark Giordano, Curtis Glencross, and Mike Cammalleri. Who ever it is must understand that this is redeveloping team that needs all the help it can get.
8/15/13: Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie was a major beneficiary of the trade that sent Jay Boumeester to St. Louis at the trade deadline. His playing time jumped to over 23 minutes per game. He is trying to prove that he is capable of being a top four blue liner, and the Flames are ready for him to show it as well. The team gave him a two year, $4.25 million deal - kind a 'show me' contract to prove his worth. If he continues to improve as he has done every year thus far, then he will be in line for a far more lucrative deal when this one expires.
8/8/13: It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames last made the playoffs, it was back in 2009 for those keeping track. Since then, the team aged considerably but refused to go into rebuild mode until now. The Flames traded away Jerome Iginla, the face of the franchise as well as their best defenseman in Jay Boumeester. Additionally, longtime goalie Miikka Kiprusov. Now the challenge is to replace those stars with players to fill the void. The team got some good picks from their trades, but it does look like it will take a while for the team to come together and compete in the Western Conference.
7/25/13: The Flames are going to try to go 'old school' with at least one of their prospects. The team signed second round pick defenseman Patrick Sieloff to a three year entry level deal. Sieloff is 6'1 and 200 pounds and is known as a very physical defender. He probably will not put up too many points, but his job is to keep people from scoring. Sieloff should be at training camp, but probably will not be on the NHL roster this season. He is best known so far for being on Team USA during their 2013 World Junior Championships run to the tournament gold medal.
7/4/13: The Flames reportedly tried to pry the first overall pick from the Colorado Avalanche, even offering all three of their first round picks (#'s 6, 22, 28). Colorado did not budge (inexplicably), but GM Jay Feester is pleased with his first round haul. The Flames added three players in their top 13, so that has to be a good sign. Calgary took Sean Monohan with the sixth overall pick, and added Emile Poirer and Morgan Kilmchuk with numbers 22 and 28, respectively. The Flames have finally faced the fact that they are rebuilding, and are actually lucky that the Avs refused their offer (if those reports are true).
6/27/13: Lost in the NBA finals, the Stanley Cup, and the Aaron Hernandez situation is that Calgary is suffering from major floods. The water level has risen so high that the Saddledome (home of the Calgary Flames) is filled with water to about the tenth row. That means that the locker rooms, playing surface, equipment facilities, and even some seats are submerged with water. There may even be damage to the Jumbotron. Let's hope that everyone is safe and can get back to their normal lives soon, and that some attention will be given to this terrible disaster.
6/20/13: Calgary finally admitted what the rest of the world has known for months…the team is in a rebuilding mode. The Flames hold three first round picks. Their own #6 pick. The #22 pick from the St. Louis Blues (from the Jay Boumeester trade). And finally, the #28 pick (from the Jerome Iginla trade). They have reportedly offered all three picks to the Colorado Avalanche for the first overall pick in the draft. That pick, widely assumed to be Seth Jones, is not something that the Avs are looking at parting with right now. While having the #1 overall pick is nice, it seems that having three first rounders is better. But maybe not recognizing that is why these are two of the worst teams in the league.
4/4/13: Calgary knows they are out of the playoffs. That is what happens when you let a team get old and try to keep everyone around - or at least replace the defectors with high priced free agents. Early in the week, they traded franchise icon Jerome Iginla to Pittsburgh. Iginla apparently preferred the Penguins over the Bruins, and he will have a chance to win the Cup. The Flames also traded their best defense man, Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis for some high draft picks, including a first rounder in the June draft. The Blues need a left handed D that can score.
3/28/13: The NHL trade deadline is around the corner, so it getting time to identify the buyers and sellers. Calgary, living up to everyone's expectations of nothing, will be a seller this year. The problem is that they really only have one major asset, and that is Jerome Iginla. Iginla has been the captain and face of the franchise for at least a decade now, and it does not seem right to watch him finish his career elsewhere. The rumor mill has it that Boston is the most likely destination, but Pittsburgh, Chicago, and the L.A. Kings also have interest. Iginla may draw a first round pick, a signed top prospect and a secondary prospect.
2/28/13: Calgary is struggling, to the surprise of no one that follows the NHL. The Flames are 7-7-3, good for only 17 points in the hyper competitive Western Conference. Calgary does not seem to have any identity this year. They have several veterans who were core players when they were a stronger team, but have a good deal of youth and retreads as well. The team has played much better over the past few weeks, but needs to develop a consistent way to put the puck in the net if they are to make the playoffs this year.
2/21/13: Calgary is a bit of an enigma. The team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals not too many years ago, and seems to have stopped progressing since then. The talented team aged quickly. Rather than blow up the roster and bring in talented youths (like arch rival Edmonton) , the Flames are trying to patch holes. They admit that they are not a strong defensive team and prefer to simply outscore their opponents. They believe that the fans will come support a losing team as long as they are entertaining. They are probably right about that, but the Flames only have 4 wins this season, making the Alberta winter that much longer.
11/29/12: Calgary is a hockey-mad city, and when there is no Flames hockey, then the fans have to turn to the minors and juniors to get their fix. The Abbsord Heat just completed a 12 game road trip, culminating with overtime for the last three games. In the junior leagues, several Flames prospects are standing out. Among them are defensive prospect Tyler Wotherspoon of the Portland Winterhawks, who has two goals and 17 points in 19 games, and leads the team with a +24 rating. Developing these young players are necessary for the Flames long-term viability, so the lockout is givng exposure to developing players.
11/22/12: Should there be a season, the Calgary Flames are expected to finish middle to lower part of the standings. The team has an aging core and has not done much to acquire and develop prospects. At least on paper. The Flames minor league affiliate, the Abbsford Heat of the AHL, is dominating the league. They are two games up on the Toronto Marlies and recently set the record for the two quickest short-handed goals in history. This all bodes well for the Flames, as maybe their prospects and developmental system are not nearly as bad as many would like to believe.
11/15/12: The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs both took the unprecedented step of providing financial assistance to Team Alberta and the Toronto Furies, respectively, of the Canadian Womens Hockey League. The Flames commitment includes $20,000 per year for the next four years to assist with travel, equipment, and general costs. Team Alberta will also change their team colors from black and gold to the Flames' red and gold. There will also be a name the team contest, though the squad is unofficially known as the Honeybadgers (Honeybadger don't care!). Finally, the women's teams will benefit from exposure through the NHL franchises, which will hopefully allow the league to expand.
11/8/12: Former Flames Star Joey Mullen had some great things to say about the team and the City, citing that he enjoys his trips back. Today, Mullen is an assistant coach with Philadelphia flyers, but a couple of decades ago he was helping the Flames with the Stanley Cup. He won three Cups in his career and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice (both with Calgary). He was a great scorer, tallying 38 points for Calgary in his first 16 game the season he was traded by the Blues. So, while he is no longer in the organization, he still considers himself part of the Flames Family.
11/1/12: Calgary is not known these days for developing prospects and nurturing their talent over a long period of time until they are solid NHL players. The current roster is littered with over-priced veterans and retread players, and most have the Flames finishing fairly low in the standings. But two young prospects from the 2012 draft are beginning to impress the fanbase. Forward Mark Jankowski (first round pick) and goaltender Jon Gillies (third round pack) are starting at Providence College. If both develop properly (a big IF), then they may be in Calgary within a couple of years.
10/18/12: With a roster filled with an aging core, the Flames have consciously avoided rebuilding mode with the hopes that their veterans will be able to turn back the clock and their free agent acquisitions will offer significant contributions. This is in stark contrast to thier cross-providence rivals in Edmonton, who decided a few years ago to gut their roster and start fresh. While the Flames trail the Oilers in young gun depth, they do have a very exciting prospect named Sven Baertschi. Baertschi tallied three goals in five games in the NHL last season and has all the offensive talent in the world. He is considered small at 5'10, but that should not stop him from being a strong contributor once he gets a full time opportunity.
10/4/12: The NHL lockout may affect the Calgary Flames more than any other team. The Flames were already an aging team, and their roster (particularly their defensemen) are beset with outlandish contracts complete with No Trade Clauses. Rather than trying to go young and rebuild, the Flames made the conscious decsion to move forward with their high-priced veterans, even though they have missed the playoffs in recent years. Should the lockout drag on, Calgary will be in the unenviable situation of having an old, expensive team that does not have the talent to compete with a condensed schedule.
8/16/12: Its an unofficial event to be sure, but for all Blue Jackets fans in Columbus this weekend comes Cannonfest. The third installment of this fan organized gala hopes to life the spirit of Columbus supports who have just witnessed the departure of the best player in franchise history, a season in which they were easily the worst team in the league, and the ongoing contentious bickering of the new CBA negotiations which threatens to stop professional hockey in the coming season. Cannonfest will also be doing some good deeds, raising money for the Blue Jackets Foundation which supports childrens inititiaves.
8/2/12: Mark Jankowski elected to attend Providence College this fall, rather than spending a year in the United States Hockey League with the Debuque Fighting States. Jankowski is the answer to the trivia question of "who was the first scholastic player selected in the NHL draft in 2012?", and has years of development ahead of him before being ready for the NHL. some may consider the Flames a longshot to retain his rights over the next few years, especially how Anaheim lost the rights to Justin Schultz. Providence plays in the ultra-competitive Hockey East league, but has not made the playoffs since 2001.
7/26/12: The stockpiling of defensemen in Calgary may be hitting the Flames soon. Calgary now has eight blueliners on the roster, but all are one-way contracts, which can be restrictive to demoting to the minors. Additionally, most of the players would have to pass through waivers before an assignment to the minors, and teams are always looking for good defensemen. A trade may be in order in the near future, with Jay Baumeester, Anton Babchuk, and Derick Smith all as possible pieces. The Flames seem to have painted themselves into a corner, and now need to figure out how to deal with their defensive surplus.
5/22/12: Fans always hold their breaths when a key member of their organization goes to the arch-enemy, and so it may be with Calgary and former head coach Brent Sutter. The Edmonton Oilers opted to not renew the contract of head coach Tom Renny, and there is much speculation that Sutter will be offered and accept that job. Edmonton is primed to jump to the next level after years of drafting (and playing) high talented players, and they have the #1 overall pick in this year's draft too. Flames fans must feel some apprehension here, knowing they may have to watch their former coach achieve greatness that has eluded them for several seasons.
5/16/12: Much of Calgary's core is homegrown talent and that core enjoyed a lot of success over the years. However, that core is aging and contracts are expiring, making it tough for a small market team (particularly one in western Canada) to retain their key personnel. talent development choices and economic realities are hitting the Flames, therefore not everyone will be back. In time, Calgary will replenish itself, but will continue to struggle for some time. The Flames first need to hire a new coach to replace Brent Sutter, but they may be waiting for the playoffs to finish to pursue some high-profile assistants.
5/11/12: The Flames are likely to start a massive rebuilding project in the coming season, adding frustration to fans who have watched the team miss the playoffs for the past three seasons. As they say, its always darkest before the dawn. The Flames were hamstrung with bloated contracts and no-trade clauses last season, and could not make many moves last offseason. So they went to battle with an aging and underperforming team. The good news is that many of those contracts have expired and cap-space is getting free. This will allow Calgary to bring in some youth and redevelop itself back into a winner.
5/3/12: Calgary fans are in the curious position are watching former Flames Coach Darryl Sutter lead the L.A. Kings to the second round of the playoffs, while simultanously saying goodbye to brother Brent Sutter as head coach. Darryl Sutter will always be remembered in Calgary, as he took the team to Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals (losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning). Jerome Iginla, the long-time face of the franchise and future Hall-of-Famer, enters a contract year next season. Iginla has professed his desire to stay with the team, and now it is Calgary's turn to ensure he finishes his career with the Flames.
4/25/12: Improving offensively should be the Flames number one goal going into the offseason. The team finished 24 out of 30 in goals, scoring only 2.4 per game. Calgary officially parted ways with coach Brent Sutter. A replacement has not been named but expect someone with an offensive background to fill the position. Jerome Ignila, long the face of the franchise, struggled in 2011-12 with only 32 goals and 67 points, leading the team in both categories. Krys Kolonos may provide some help next season. He was named AHL Player of the Month for March and spent some time with the Flames late in the season.
4/18/12: Brent Sutter was hired as coach prior to the 2009-10 season, joining brothers Brian, Darryl, and Duane in the coaching ranks. Coincidentally, The Flames have not qualified for the playoffs since the 2008-09 season, despite accumulating at least 90 points each season. The Flames and Brent Sutter "mutally agreed" to relieve Sutter of his coaching duties this past week, and are also allowing Assistant Coach Dave Lowry's contract to expire without renewal. Replacement possibilities include Dallas Eakins, Rangers assistant Mike Sullivan, and former Flames captain Bob Boughner. Sutter, meanwhile, is currently working on Team Canada roster for the World Championships in Sweeden next month.
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