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Flames Concentrate On Defense

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

When the Flames hired Brent Sutter as coach in June, the Flames told everyone who would listen that shoring up a porous team defense was their No. 1 priority.

“We went from first in the League (in goals-against during the 2005-06 season) to 23rd (in 2008-09),” Darryl Sutter said, “and were, quite honestly, fortunate to be a playoff team.”

The GM has been at it with a vengeance this summer in an effort to restore the Flames’ reputation as defenders of the faith. And landing the cream of the free-agency crop, blue-chip blueliner Jay Bouwmeester, was the biggest piece of the puzzle.

“We want to get better defensively. It’s obviously something Darryl and I stress, and something that I believe in as a coach,” Brent Sutter told NHL.com. “You need to play well defensively, and that involves more than how you play in your own zone. It’s also puck-possession time. It’s about how you forecheck. It’s about the things you do as a group. It’s about getting the puck back as quickly as you can.

“Yeah, defense is how you play without the puck, but good defense also means having the puck a lot, too, because that means less time chasing the other team.”


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Flames Sign Dustin Boyd

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the Flames have resigned forward Dustin Boyd. 

Boyd, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is coming off a career year netting 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 71 games. Entering his third season with the Flames, Boyd has scored 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points in 132 career NHL games.

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Flames Get Some Cap Breathing Room

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

By sending Primeau and his $1.4-million salary to the Maple Leafs, the only one-way contract that comes in return is Stuart’s $483,333 hit.

And there’s no guarantee the energy forward will remain in Calgary. He’s spent the last couple of seasons splitting time between the Atlanta Thrashers and the minors—he was dealt to Toronto earlier this month in the Pavel Kubina swap—so it wouldn’t be all that costly for the Flames to take that route.

That leaves the salary cap space needed to re-sign restricted free agent Dustin Boyd, keep another forward in the Stampede City if required—even Mikael Backlund and his potential bonuses—and leave some space for the eventual call-ups when needed.

Don’t think that’s a big deal? Guess again.


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Flames-Leafs Trade

via the Twitter of Ben Hankinson of Octagon,

Calgary trades C Wayne Primeau to Toronto for LW Colin Stuart and D Anton Stralman.

added 6:55pm, from RDS (translated),

The CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brian Burke continued the reorganization of his team by acquiring the services of the Flames forward Wayne Primeau to Calgary on Monday.

In return, the Leafs have assigned left winger Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Strålman


added 6:59pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Stralman along with Toronto’s 7th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forward Wayne Primeau and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2011.

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  Tags: anton+stralman, colin+stuart, wayne+primeau

On The Farm With Brent Sutter

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turning off the gravel range road upon reaching the Sutter family mailbox, the first thing you’re greeted by are a pair of donkeys the kids gave Brent Sutter one Father’s Day.

Winding your way up along a tree-lined driveway he had paved using bonus money from his first year in Chicago, you soon approach impeccably kept garden beds that soften the family homestead he longed to return to each of the last two winters.

After parking amidst the handful of cars driven by wife Connie, daughter Brooke and his two sons, you see a sturdy pickup truck with a suitcase in the passenger seat—a clear indication which vehicle the well-traveled Flames coach uses.

It’s Sunday morning and aside from a gentle breeze ruffling the trees, all is quiet, including a 10-year-old German Shepherd named Dakota, which is sleeping next to a cowboy boot-shaped planter on the farmhouse stoop.


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The Power-Skating Expert

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

One of the best parts about watching the Flames’ annual prospects camp?

Getting to see one of the smoothest skaters on the planet on display every morning.

Too bad he’ll never ever play for the Flames.

Because in addition to being a little long in the tooth, Barry Karn, power-skating teacher extraordinaire, is making a pretty good living as it is.

And what a stride the man possesses. Ridiculous.

The Minneapolis-based instructor just guided the Tampa Bay Lightning through its rookie camp and now he’s here.


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McGrattan On The Road Back

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

In a summer when more than 150 free agents went on the auction block on July 1, Brian McGrattan may have been one of the least likely players to find another NHL home.

Quietly, and away from the spotlight with the equally troubled Phoenix Coyotes, the 27-year-old enforcer struggled last season in more ways than one, failing at first to dress for games and then, according to members of the team’s staff, missing practice. In December, McGrattan voluntarily entered the league’s substance abuse and behavioural health (SABH) program, spending three months in a rehab facility before returning to the ice in mid-March.


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Flames Sign McGrattan

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Brian McGrattan.

McGrattan, a native of Hamilton, ON, has played 148 career NHL games accumulating 309 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the LA Kings in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (104th overall), the 6’4”, 235 lb right winger has played with both the Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Iginla Talks Flames

from Peter Zuubrier of CalgaryFlames.com,

“It’s very exciting to get Jay (Bouwmeester) to join us… that’s a great defence group that we have, it’s definitely the strength of our club,” said Iginla.

“They’re guys that can play all different ways, move the puck, skate, play defensively, chip in and help out offensively; they’re very well rounded… If you look at our team we have very good defensemen, but they’ll also contribute offensively. You look at some of the top offensive teams in the league and the defence is a big part of it

The bitter taste leftover from the ending of last season seemed to linger briefly for Iginla, who took responsibility as team captain for the coaching turnover.

“It’s always hard as players when there’s a coaching change. We didn’t achieve the results we were hoping for (last season) and the responsibility is definitely on us… We can improve, we need to improve, and we will improve,” said Iginla who is nonetheless anxious to play for his new coaches.

“It’s very exciting. As a player (Brent Sutter) was very successful and coaching at every level he’s been very successful… I’ve talked to Brent and he’s definitely talked about the defensive side of the puck. Starting there and working out… That can be a strength of our team, we want it to be, and we need to get back there, but we also know it can’t end there and we need to do better on both sides.”


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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Flames Sign Lundmark & Jaffray

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forwards Jamie Lundmark and Jason Jaffray. 

Lundmark, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, is in his second stint with the Calgary Flames after spending parts of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 season with the Flames. Last season, Lundmark played 27 games with Calgary scoring eight goals and adding eights assists for 16 points and 17 penalty minutes. Lundmark has amassed 259 career NHL games over his career split between New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and the Calgary Flames.

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