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What Happened To The Calgary Flames?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames are done.

There’s a better chance the team will broker a deal for a new arena by the spring than there is of seeing playoff hockey here this April.

The players have no choice but to point out that mathematically they still have a chance, but they’ve stopped believing it.

While fans have been bracing of late for the possibility their squad wouldn’t be able to pull a rabbit out of its hat, there’s still an element of shock involved.

This team, most of the time, seemed too good to miss the playoffs.


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Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On Sean Monahan

Interesting note Ron MacLean talked about before the feature started.  Monahan sent a letter to the Flames before his draft year and told them if drafted by Calgary, he promised to make the team out of camp, and he did.

via Sportsnet,


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Gary Bettman On The Financial Situation In Calgary

via the CP at TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Calgary Flames' financial situation "continues to deteriorate" as the team continues to operate out of the aging Scotiabank Saddledome but maintained his position that he doesn't foresee the situation changing soon.

Bettman spoke to reporters in Calgary as part of his Western Canadian tour.

He said he wasn't there to make threats, yet he painted a bleak picture of the Flames' financial future if it continues to operate out of the NHL's oldest building.

Bettman said the Flames used to contribute to the NHL's revenue-sharing program, but have become increasingly reliant on it of late.

He said if the current situation continues it could affect the Flames' competitiveness and financial stability.

You can watch Bettman talking about Calgary at TSN.

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Avs Playoff Chances Increase After A Win Over The Calgary Flames

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

After allowing a short-handed goal late in the first period and trailing 2-0 early in the second, the Avs put together their most important hockey in what is shaping up to be a thrilling playoff push. They got four combined goals from their top two lines and top defensive pairing in what turned out to be a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.

The triumph moved the Avs (34-24-5, 73 points) to within a point of the last Western Conference playoff spot, but with games in hand over those teams (Los Angeles, Anaheim, St. Louis) immediately in front of them. They have played two fewer games than Calgary (32-24-9), which also has 73 points.

“I think we have a deep hunger to get to where we want to go. That’s what it comes down to,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Every team has their structure in place at this point, and winning habits have been there for us. Sometimes we get stubborn with the puck and turn it over in places we should it comes back on us. But when we’re willing to stick to our game like we did tonight … we get rewarded for it.”

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Watch the game highlights below.

addeded 7:56am, Johnny Gaudreau was lucky to escape serious injury when takeing a skate to the neck, watch below...

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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Mikael Backlund

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed center Mikael Backlund to a six year contract.

Backlund, a native of Vasteras, Sweden, was drafted in the first round – 24thoverall by the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Backlund made his Flames debut on January 9, 2009. Since then, Mikael has skated in 519 games for the Flames notching 104 goals and 158 assists for 262 points. Backlund had a breakout year in 2016/17 notching career highs in goals with 22, assists with 31, and points with 53. Recently, on November 25th, Backlund scored his 100th career NHL goal and on December 31st he played in his 500th career NHL game.

Term: 6 Years

AAV: $5.350M

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Video- Mike Smith Injured With A Second Left In The Game

You cn see Smith grab towards his groin area.


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Home Losing Streak Hits Five For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For the better part of a decade, the Blackhawks’ hallmark has been their cockiness, an unwavering self-belief that they were always the better team. No deficit — not in the standings, not in a game, not in a playoff series — was ever insurmountable. No losing streak was ever cause for despair. No individual drought was ever reason for doubt.

It often bordered on arrogance, but it was well-earned. More often than not, they were proven right....

“Yeah, absolutely,” Toews said. “We’ve talked about that, as far as having that humility and not taking anything for granted, or expecting anything. That’s the way we need to go into every single game, knowing that you’re not going to be given anything and it doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished [in the past]. You’ve got to go out there and earn that respect every day and earn the results that you’re looking for.”

They failed once again to do that on Tuesday night, suffering a devastating 3-2 loss to the Flames, exacerbated by two goal reviews that went against the Hawks — one that overturned a Ryan Hartman goal, one that upheld a late go-ahead tally by Michael Stone. Meanwhile, the Avalanche, Wild and Ducks all won, leaving the Hawks seven points out of the playoff picture....

No, the Hawks can’t waltz into any arena and win with their B-game anymore. They can’t just assume that when this most irregular regular season ends in exactly two months, they’ll be in a playoff spot.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Miss Out On An Important Point

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The so-called “loser point” never felt more apt than it did to describe the Blackhawks’ plight Saturday night.

With a chance for a regulation victory over a team ahead of them in the playoff standings — leading by two goals in the second period and by one with 11 minutes to play in regulation —  the Hawks lost to the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome....

“We had a good first part of the game and had some tough possessions that got them back in it,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We certainly can’t be happy with result and the way we played when it counted.”...

With the overtime point, the Hawks (24-20-8) moved to within five points of the Wild — who lost to the Golden Knights in regulation on Saturday — for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But they also trail the Flames by four points, the Avalanche by four and the Kings by three.

At this point of the season, getting one point when they had a chance to get two with a regulation victory over a team ahead of them in the standings was particularly costly for the Hawks.


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The Calgary Flames Assign Jaromir Jagr To HC Kladno Of The Czech 1. Liga In The Czech Republic

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames have announced today that they have assigned Jaromir Jagr to HC Kladno of the Czech 1. Liga in the Czech Republic.

Jagr, a native of Klando, Czech Republic, appeared in 22 games for the Flames this season notching one goal and six assists for seven points.

"I want to thank Brad Treliving and the Calgary Flames for giving me the immense opportunity to be a part of their team and continue my NHL career this season,” said Jagr. “Although I am very disappointed that things did not turn out as we had hoped due to a number of circumstances, I am deeply grateful to the Flames, the fans and the City of Calgary for having welcomed me so generously. I now look forward to continuing the season in Kladno."

“Jaromir’s career speaks for itself,” said Flames General Manager Brad Treliving. “He is a legend in our sport and we are very appreciative that he selected Calgary to pursue his career in the NHL. Regretfully, with a late start to his season combined with nagging injuries, he wasn’t in a position to perform at the level both he and our team had hoped. During his short time in Calgary, Jaromir demonstrated tremendous leadership and professionalism, especially with our young players. We thank him for his contributions to our group both on and off the ice.” 

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Video- Ron MacLean Interview With Gary Bettman

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Gary Bettman joins Ron MacLean to discuss working towards new arenas in Calgary and Ottawa, goalie interference and video review.


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