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Calgary Signs Curtis Lazar For Two Years

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract.

The Flames originally acquired Lazar on March 1st, 2017 in a trade with Ottawa that included defenseman Mike Kostka in exchange for Jyrki Jokipakka and Calgary’s second round pick in 2017. The native of Salmon Arm, BC was a first round pick (17th overall) by the Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Lazar played in four games with Calgary following the trade, recording three points from one goal and two assists. He also appeared in one playoff game with the Flames. Lazar has played 180 regular season games in the NHL and recorded 39 points (13G, 26A) and 36 PIM. The 22-year-old captained the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal.

Term: 2 Years
AAV: $950,000

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Mark Giordano Is The Recipient Of The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award,

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames, in partnership with the National Hockey League, are proud to announce captain Mark Giordano has been named the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. Giordano was presented his award earlier tonight in front of other distinguished nominees and select honorees from across the world of sports at the third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards presented by ESPN.

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Michael Stone Staying In Calgary

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Carolina Trades Eddie Lack To Calgary

 

 

 

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Kris Versteeg Signing In Calgary Is Official

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Kris Versteeg to a one-year contract.

Kris Versteeg spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Flames after signing a one year contract on October 11, 2016. He had 37 points (15G, 22A) over 69 games. The 31-year-old forward has played 619 regular season games in the NHL over 10 seasons and has 350 points (146G, 204A) and 368 penalty minutes, while amassing another 48 points (18G, 30A) and 70 PIMs in 93 post-season games. The Lethbridge, Alberta native has won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.

Contract terms: One-year contract with an Average Annual Value of $1,750,000.

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College Free Agent Spencer Foo Will Sign With Calgary

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today that free agent right wing Spencer Foo of Union College (ECAC) has committed to the Calgary Flames. As per CBA regulations, the standard players’ contract will be finalized and made official on July 1st.

Foo, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, just completed his junior year at Union College where he put up 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points in 38 games and was a finalist for the 2016-17 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He topped the 100 career points mark this season and had a program-record 21-game point streak in addition to tying for the ECAC scoring title; while leading the league in assists (25), multi-point games (14) and plus-minus (+20).

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Travis Hamonic Headed to Calgary

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The Calgary Flames Now Have Their #1 Goaltender

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Calgary Flames completed their most important piece of off-season business Saturday, acquiring a new No. 1 goaltender in Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes.

Just hours before they were obliged to submit their protected list for the 2017 NHL expansion draft, the Flames acquired Arizona’s long-time starter in exchange for Brandon Hickey, a top defensive prospect, the rights to pending free-agent goaltender Chad Johnson, plus a conditional third-round pick that becomes a second-rounder if the Flames make the playoffs in 2018.

In what will surely be a heavily scrutinized move, the Flames gave up a player in Hickey that was likely their brightest prospect on defence. But while the acquisition cost was steep, the Flames didn’t give up a player off the NHL roster, which is what other deals they were pondering would have required.

The 35-year-old Smith has two years remaining on a six-year, $34-million contract that he signed in 2013, and it pays him an annual average salary of $5.666-million....

Smith’s acquisition means that, for the third consecutive season, the Flames’ will have a new No. 1 face in goal. Last year’s tandem, Brian Elliott and Johnson, was an upgrade over the previous year’s trio (Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio). Elliott overcame a slow start to put together a quality regular season on behalf of the Flames, but he faltered in the playoffs during a four-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

Organizationally, the hope is that Smith can not only help the Flames get to the playoffs, but that they can then do some damage once they’re there.

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Calgary Showing Interest In Goaltender Mike Smith

Makes sense, Calgary needs goaltending.

 

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Would The Flames Actually Leave Calgary?

from Eva Ferguson of the Calgary Sun,

In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of operations Brian Burke said the much-loved NHL team will leave the city if they don't get the new arena they've been seeking.

"We're not going to make the threat to leave. We'll just leave," Burke told a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary Wednesday.

"We still have a building that was built in 1983, the oldest in the league by more than 10 years.

"They figured it out in Edmonton. Where they know that a new building can rejuvenate the downtown. But I guess we're just smarter than that here."

Burke's speech aimed to focus on the financial challenges that Canadian NHL teams face, from a low Canadian dollar to more public support for new builds in the U.S.

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