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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.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,
“When you’re a [NHL] head coach, it’s trial by fire,” said Gulutzan, who was only two years removed from coaching Las Vegas of the ECHL when he got a chance to coach the Dallas Stars in 2011. “I can write you a long list of what I know I did well – and what I would change – but at the end of the day, the biggest thing is experience. In Dallas, I had Jamie [Benn] as a young superstar – and Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney as older players – all those guys teach you something about the league and the game.
“I would say it’s like going to university and becoming an engineer. They’ll all tell you, ‘I went to school for four years and studied my tail off, but I realized when I got out of there that I didn’t know a thing about building a building until I got on the site.’ You can’t replace experience, and these last five years have given me a good base in the National Hockey League.”
Gulutzan’s career trajectory is similar to that of his new boss, Flames’ general manager Brad Treliving. Both played junior for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Gulutzan arriving the year after Treliving left.
Neither ever emerged too far out of the deep minor leagues as players. Accordingly, they had to work their way up the ranks – and convince people of their ability and worth – every step along the way.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Glen Gulutzan as head coach. Gulutzan joins the Flames after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks.
Gulutzan, a native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, brings 15 years of coaching experience to the club. Prior to serving the Canucks, the 44-year-old was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and before that, he led the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars for a pair of campaigns. In 2009-10, he took the AHL’s Stars to the Calder Cup finals.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
The man who currently employs Glen Gulutzan has little to gain by raving about his prized assistant.
But that’s how highly Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins thinks about the man who could be announced as the next Calgary Flames coach as early as Friday.
“I have a lot of respect for him and confidence in him,” said Desjardins when asked about the 44-year-old Gulutzan, who has been one of his right-hand men the last two years.
“He’s smart, he’s structured, he works hard and he more than does his job. He’s been real good for us. I like a lot of things about him.”
Desjardins might not like the idea of facing a Gulutzan-coached team on the other side of the Rockies, but as a friend he’d certainly understand.
“I knew what he was like when I worked for him and I just think he’s a guy you can trust,” said Desjardins, who was an assistant in Dallas while Gulutzan coached the Stars.
“He’s really thorough and he’s won at a number of levels and that’s always a good sign.”
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