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"At this stage of Marc-Andre Fleury's career I have a hard time believing Murray is the guy they're making available. They're going to have cap issues going forward, every team does that has high-end guys like [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin that you're committed to for a long, long period of time.
"I think what you'll see is that, if they announce the expansion draft in June in Las Vegas, that will be one of players whose names will be out there. People [in Calgary] are gonna have to evaluate... is Marc-Andre Fleury the guy you need to get you to the next point?"
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail via Sportsnet (Sportsnet 960 The Fan) where you can read more on this.
...this is just an observation, an attempt to connect some dots. L.A. could re-sign Sutter tomorrow, and maybe he doesn’t really want to leave, and perhaps this is just a salary negotiation.
But the Sutter clan is still based out of Viking, Alta., and Sutter has gone back to his hometown roots for personal reasons once before, stepping down as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks way back in 1995 to tend to the special needs of his son, Christopher.
It just seems to make so much sense, Sutter back to the Flames.
Too much sense, right?
-Damien Cox of Sportsnet where you can reade more on this.
GM Brad Treliving outlines the Calgary Flames decision to fire head coach Bob Hartley, saying there’s much blame to made throughout the organization, but Bob taken this team as far as he could at this time.
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have relieved Head Coach Bob Hartley of his coaching duties. Additionally, Associate Coach Jacques Cloutier has been informed he will not be returning to the club.
from the NHLPA,
Colton Orr has announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following nine NHL seasons and a 13-year professional hockey playing career.
“I feel privileged to have played for a decade in the NHL and to have had the support of four great organizations in Boston, New York, Toronto and Calgary. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play with great teammates and against great players, many of whom have become great friends. It has been an amazing journey that would not have been anywhere near as fulfilling as it was without the love and support of fans, friends, agents, GMs, coaches and family,” said Colton Orr.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
A month ago, it would have been impossible to envision Niklas Backstrom playing a pivotal role in determining whether the Wild makes the playoffs.
As the team’s third goaltender, Backstrom shared a net with backup Darcy Kuemper at practice and didn’t play a single second of any game.
But suddenly, Backstrom is not only a member of the Calgary Flames, he will lead that team from the visitors’ tunnel wearing a “Flaming C” on his chest to start Thursday’s game at Xcel Energy Center. In fact, the 38-year-old could wind up starting against his former team in two of its final eight games, because Calgary returns to Minnesota for each team’s regular-season finale April 9.
The Wild is one point up on Colorado for the last Western Conference playoff spot, so Backstrom’s play either will put a dent in the Wild’s playoff chances or provide one giant boost.
“It’s definitely weird,” said Backstrom, who arrived in the Twin Cities late Monday and has been at his Edina home with his wife and two children.
via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,
The officials didn't like how Nazem Kadri went down after he drew the ire of the Flames after landing a massive hit on Johnny Gaudreau that put the Flames star on his rear and issued him an embellishment penalty for his troubles.
via Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,
Flames D Dennis Wideman suffered an upper-body injury during the opening stanza — he collided with Colborne as Frolik was scoring Calgary’s second goal — and did not return. In his post-game presser, Hartley told reporters “the preliminary reports that we got from the medical staff are not very good.” Wideman will have further medical testing Thursday.
The NHL and NHLPA released a multi-page PDF explaining the ruling from the arbitrator, so here is the basic information you need to know.
NEW YORK (March 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League released the following statement today regarding the decision in the appeal of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension:
“We are in receipt of Arbitrator James Oldham’s Opinion in the appeal of Dennis Wideman’s supplementary discipline suspension and reducing the suspension from 20 to 10 games. We strenuously disagree with the Arbitrator’s ruling and are reviewing the Opinion in detail to determine what next steps may be appropriate. We will have no further comment until we have completed our review. In light of and in response to Arbitrator Oldham’s Opinion, Mr. Wideman will be reinstated and will be eligible to participate in his team’s games, effective immediately.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Being suspended for six weeks, denigrated by countless fans and scribes, fined half a million dollars and having an embarrassing personal text exposed to the world will do that to a man.
“It’s been tough,” admitted Wideman, exactly 42 days after he crosschecked linesman Don Henderson to draw a 20-game suspension.
“It’s been a long time. It’s been a long process. You try to deal with it and stay as positive as I can be, especially when I’m around the guys. But no, it’s been difficult.
“There’s some times I’m pretty frustrated and there’s other times I understand that this takes a while and there’s a lot that goes into it.”
And still, six weeks after the fact, no final ruling on his second appeal....
The only thing everyone will agree on once this highly controversial journey ends is that it took far too long.
That has to change.
Wednesday’s visit to Calgary by the Predators marked the 19th game Wideman has missed due to his transgression.
The public relations nightmare that would follow a reduction in the defenceman’s sentence would turn this regrettable dance into yet another punchline.
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