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Chris Tanev Moving From Vancouver To Calgary

 

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Jacob Markstrom Signs With Calgary

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Geoff Ward Gets The Title Head Coach Of The Calgary Flames

via the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames announce today that they have named Geoff Ward as the franchise's 20th head coach.

Ward, a native of Waterloo, Ontario was named the Flames interim head coach on November 29, 2019, leading the Flames to a 25-15-3 record (during that period the Flames ranked eighth in the League, fourth in the Western Conference with a .616 P%) and a trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flames eliminated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the in the Qualifying Round.

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Morning Line- Johnny Gaudreau

“Calgary has been a second home to me, I love playing there. I love my teammates there. I love the city. The fans are awesome. It’s a team that I could see myself playing for for the remainder of my career, and I’ve always said that. I know a lot of people have speculations of me wanting to go back east, but I just feel really comfortable where I’m at — with the teammates there, the coaching staff, with Brad (Treliving), the management, the owners …

“Throughout my whole time there, I’ve been treated really well. I love the city. It’s been a blast playing there the past six years. It’s unfortunate we haven’t reached the end-goal that we’ve wanted in the past, but it’s been a second home to me. My family loves it there. My girlfriend likes being there. It’s a special place for us.”

-Johnny Gaudreau.  Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun has more.

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Trade Johnny Gaudreau?

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

...GM Brad Treliving will have no choice but to put in motion significant personnel changes.

And that starts with Johnny Gaudreau.

He’s likely played his last game as a Calgary Flame.

Predictably, the core just couldn’t get it done, but no man was more of an enigma than No. 13.

Gaudreau’s annual disappearance can best be explained by the simple fact his style of game doesn’t mesh with playoff hockey.

When time and space get taken away, and when teams collapse their defence and the intensity gets ramped up, the 5-foot-7, 165-pound Jersey native has been neutralized year after year.

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The Dallas Stars Advance And Will Face The Colorado Avalanche

from the CP at TSN,

Denis Gurianov scored four times and added an assist as the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 7-3 on Thursday to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Miro Heiskanen had a goal and three assists for Dallas. Joe Pavelski and Radek Faksa also scored. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves for the win.

The Stars win the best-of-seven series 4-2 and will face the Colorado Avalanche in Round 2.

Andrew MangiapaneRasmus Andersson, and Johnny Gaudreau replied for Calgary.

Cam Talbot, making his 10th consecutive start in net for Calgary, was pulled for David Rittich early in the second period but returned for the third period after Rittich allowed three goals on nine shots.

Dallas scored seven times on just 24 shots.

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Game highlights are below along with handshakes.

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The Calgary Flames Lost The Battle

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

They lost the game, they lost Matthew Tkachuk, and for a considerable amount of time, it looked like they lost their confidence.

Yet somehow, the Calgary Flames never lost faith.

Despite yet another parade of punishment dished out by the Flames Thursday night, the Dallas Stars did well to push back on the ice and the scoreboard.

As expected.

Game on, as the series is now tied 1-1....

For the first two periods the Flames dished it out and they took it, but it was Gang Green that managed to sustain plenty of offensive pressure on a younger Flames club that was back on its heels most of the evening.

Yet, despite falling behind 4-2 late in the second period, and having a third-period goal overturned in controversial fashion, the Flames somehow managed to tie it with three minutes left.

Their gutsy comeback was rendered moot in the final minute when defenceman Jamie Oleksiak finished a golden pass from Corey Perry that exposed broken coverage and gave the Stars a 5-4 win, with the winner coming with 40 seconds remaining.

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On To The Next Round For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

If there was ever any question the Flames would be ready for the last-gasp battle sure to be thrown their way, it was answered two seconds in.

Milan Lucic flexed his extensive playoff muscles by dropping the mitts off the opening draw with Nathan Beaulieu, scoring a decisive victory over the Jets defenceman.

After speaking the day earlier about proving to themselves and others they wouldn’t back down from the obvious push from a desperate and depleted Winnipeg club, they backed it up in every way.

Game on.

Just 20 minutes later, it was essentially game over, thanks largely to the efforts of Lucic and his third line.

A Flames team that promised it had learned valuable lessons from last year’s playoff meltdown demonstrated exactly that with an early lead, followed by a clinical shutdown they weren’t capable of during the Colorado Collapse of 2019.

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Paul Maurice And Matthew Tkachuk On The Mark Scheifele Injury

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Well, truth be told, if there’s a chance that superpest Matthew Tkachuk went into what looked like an innocuous collision with Scheifele in the first period of the Flames’ 4-1 win over Winnipeg with the intention of trying to slice the back of Scheifele’s leg open, then anything is possible. And after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice made no effort to hide his feelings that that was exactly what Tkachuk did.

“It was intentional,” Maurice said of the Tkachuk hit. “It was a filthy, dirty kick to the back of (Scheifele’s) leg…(Tkachuk) went after the back of (Scheifele’s) leg. He could have cut his Achilles (tendon). He could have ended a man’s career. It was an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit.”...

For his part, Tkachuk said the hit was, “such an accident.” Tkachuk said he saw Scheifele turning away along the boards and went in for a hit and his left leg collided with Scheifele’s left leg. “I feel terrible,” Tkachuk said. “He’s a top player in the NHL and somebody I’ve come to know the last couple of summers training with Gary Roberts and he’s such a great guy. Just a top player in the league and it’s not good for the game when somebody like that isn’t in the game. It was very unfortunate and unlucky and such an accident and I feel terrible about it.”

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Watch the incident below if you missed it last night.

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Jarome Iginla’s Path To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Eri Duhatschek of The Athletic,

On the day that Jarome Iginla made his NHL debut for the Calgary Flames – April 21, 1996, in a playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks – Claude Vilgrain was just getting back to town after a year of playing for Herisau SC of the Swiss B League. Whenever Iginla has spoken throughout his career of the athletes that influenced him as a young boy growing up in St. Albert, Alta., he almost always names three: Grant Fuhr, Tony McKegney and Vilgrain, the handful of Black players that were forging a path to the NHL that he would eventually follow and culminated Wednesday with his selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But Vilgrain was also well aware of Iginla: How he’d been drafted in the first round by the Dallas Stars in 1995 and then had been traded later that year to the Flames. Vilgrain, who played for Canada in the 1988 Olympics and lives in Calgary, was so curious about seeing Iginla for the first time that he got off an airplane from Switzerland and went to the Saddledome so he could witness Iginla’s NHL debut.

“I wanted to be there for his first NHL game, so I bought a ticket right behind the net,” said Vilgrain. “Eddie Belfour was the Chicago goalie. I wanted to watch Iginla’s play along the boards because that was my game too – playing along the boards.”

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