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Flames captain Mark Giordano was a guest on Boomer & Pinder on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Monday and he talked about the club’s off-season changes.
Giordano was asked if he felt it was time for a change in reference to Hartley's dismissal. Hartley was behind the bench in Calgary for four seasons as Giordano developed into one of the game's top puck-moving blue liners.
"It's always hard to say...I've been through a few of the coaching changes in my career being in Calgary," Giordano said. "Sometimes a fresh start is needed. I think sometimes it's good for guys.
"Personally, I had a good relationship with Bob. I know he had a lot to do with me being named captain here so I have a lot of respect for the man and I think he's a great coach.
"Ultimately, when things don't go the way as planned...not getting in playoffs for us was a big disappointment as an organization, there's going to be changes."
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
James Oldham’s most notable decision as the NHL and NHLPA’s neutral arbitrator appears as if it will also be his last.
According to the Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen, the NHL has dismissed Oldham from his post as neutral arbitrator. Oldham, a law professor at Georgetown University, was the arbitrator assigned to the Dennis Wideman suspension case. Oldham’s decision on the suspension saw the Calgary Flames defenseman have his 20-game suspension for checking linesman Don Henderson reduced to 10 games.
It was well within the NHL’s power to relieve Oldham of his duties, and either side would have had the power to do so if they believed it was time for a change in neutral arbitrator. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Oldham’s time with the league is up, though, considering the NHL has since sought to have Oldham’s biggest decision, the reduction of Wideman’s original 20-game ban, overruled.
from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
Wild wouldn’t begin to describe the start to the offseason for Jordan Sigalet.
But the Calgary Flames goaltending coach has settled in as the balance of the summer has taken shape.
“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster summer from a new coaching staff, all new goaltenders, a bunch of new goalies into the system,” Sigalet said.
“It’s an exciting time. We got two high character guys coming in, guys I feel that have been overlooked and underrated in my mind. They’re great on and off the ice. Looking forward to camp, it’s about building relationships with those guys.”
Those guys -- Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson -- comprise Calgary’s new goaltending duo.
Neither was with the club last season.
As such, the process has started for Sigalet.
“I’ve already gone to dinner in Calgary with Johnson to build that relationship,” said Sigalet, who also witnessed a change behind the bench with head coach Bob Hartley and associate coach Jacques Cloutier leaving, and Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard joining the Flames.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Patrick Sieloff from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Alex Chiasson.
Sieloff, 22, made his National Hockey League debut with Calgary last season, playing one game. 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 6-1, 205-pound native of Superior, Mich., was Calgary’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 102 career AHL games between the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames and Stockton, he has recorded 16 points, including four goals. Sieloff has represented the United States internationally on three occasions, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia.
Chiasson, 25, was acquired by Ottawa from the Dallas Stars in a five-player trade on July 1, 2014. In 153 games with the Senators over two seasons, he scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points while recording 112 penalty minutes.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In St. Louis, it was coach Ken Hitchcock who saw Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller and then 25-year-old Jake Allen as Elliott's superior or equal, preventing him from taking over a starting job finally waiting for him in Calgary.
"He's had to fight for the net in St. Louis because management has always felt there's a goaltender there that's his equal," said Flames hockey president Brian Burke.
"That's certainly not the situation with us."...
Between both parties, we realized it was probably best to try to find a home for me somewhere else," said Elliott, 31, who was traded for the 35th pick Saturday and a third rounder in 2018 conditional on him re-signing in Calgary.
"I wanted to have that opportunity, just based on how the past couple years have gone. (Jake Allen) is a really good goaltender and is a good friend of mine. I don't want to go out with bad blood. I respect St. Louis, the city and the organization. I think they respected me as well. I think they wanted to give me an opportunity and I worked hard for it but they weren't able to give it to me.
"With this trade, Calgary's obviously shown a lot of interest in me and it was welcoming. Just having the GM and the coaching staff show interest in me, it makes me feel great. It makes you want to get to Calgary right away."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN.
“We were linked to every goaltender from Timbits to senior men’s league on Sunday nights,” Treliving said, laughing. “We might’ve talked to them all, too.”
Elliott, 31, led the league in save percentage last season with a .930 mark. He also started 18 of the Blues’ 20 playoff games this spring, bringing St. Louis to within two wins of the Stanley Cup final.
“You see his game, he’s sort of a late bloomer,” Treliving said. “Maybe he doesn’t get the fanfare of a lot of other guys, but when you dig into the numbers, he’s one of the best goaltenders in the league for the last number of years.”
After losing out on Frederik Andersen to Toronto earlier in the week, the Flames were believed to have kicked the tires on Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and maybe even Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky before finding a sweet spot in St. Louis.
Elliott’s reasonable contract at $2.5 million, plus the relatively low acquisition cost to acquire him, made him a worthwhile proposition for Calgary - especially considering they were the last team standing in need of a starter.
The Blues, meanwhile, wanted to turn the crease over to 25-year-old Jake Allen, who split the starts with Elliott last season.
“I just felt when you look at the combination of the player, the person, the acquisition cost, the contract, we thought it was a smart move for us,” Treliving said. “It was hard to find people to say a bad word about him. As we looked around, this one just made sense. If we don’t have an extra second-round pick, we don’t have a goaltender tonight.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Ben Bishop? Marc-Andre Fleury? Brian Elliott?
Just which goalie exactly ends up in Calgary remains to be seen but my sense is that Bishop tops the list as far as the Flames’ interest. Now that expansion is official, the Tampa Bay Lightning know they've got 12 months to figure out their goalie situation and I think it's more likely than not that they trade Bishop sooner rather than later in order to maximize his value since he's got just one year left on his deal.
Either way, the expansion draft rules that stipulate teams protecting only one goalie should benefit the Flames in their search of a goalie. Right?
"Yeah, that’s a fair statement, that's fair," he said, smiling. "It's a balancing act of timing, it's a balancing act of acquisition cost, it's all those types of things. You’ve seen it in the market so far. There's deals that have been done because of expansion coming [eg., Frederik Andersen to Toronto]. I expect there will be more, but when those happen, we'll see."
The belief is that the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking too high a price from Calgary in a Fleury deal, perhaps because GM Jim Rutherford doesn't feel he truly has to move Fleury now, that maybe he can start next season with Fleury and Matt Murray, and decide later what to do.
more plus talk on Edmonton, Vancouver and other teams...
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is the recipient of the 2015-16 NHL Foundation Player Award, recognizing an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
And then there was one.
One NHL team looking hard for a starting goalie.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs giving up a first-round pick (30th) and a second rounder next year to acquire Frederik Andersen from Anaheim Monday, the Calgary Flames are the only team left with a gaping hole between the pipes.
Somebody better tell Jim Rutherford.
Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Penguins GM is going to lose out on the opportunity to get something of considerable value for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Calgary Sun has learned Rutherford is asking for the Flames’ first round draft pick for Fleury — yes, the sixth pick overall at Friday’s NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
It’s not going to happen, nor should it.
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