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Now What Calgary?

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Three days before the players hit the ice, Calgary Flames ownership hit back at a mayor who tried to disingenuously use the arena as part of his re-election campaign.

Fed up with mayor Naheed Nenshi’s disinterest in trying to solve an arena problem that could ultimately send the Flames packing, team president Ken King announced Tuesday the club would no longer play along with Nenshi’s façade.

"We had an owners meeting today and have determined that we’re no longer going to pursue a new facility," said King, flanked by Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly who flew in for a hastily called owners meeting to provide answers to questions about their options.

"We’ve been meeting for months and they’ve been spectacularly unproductive and that’s unfortunate."

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The Calgary Flames Will Not Pursue New Arena

from David Blackwell of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames are no longer going to pursue a new arena in Calgary, Flames President and CEO Ken King said during a news conference with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in Calgary on Tuesday.

After months of talks with Calgary officials, King said it became clear the city has no genuine interest in helping build a new arena for the NHL team.

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A Two-Year Contract For Sam Bennett In Calgary

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

 Bennett, a native of Holland Landing, Ontario played 81 games with Calgary last season recording 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points along with 75 penalty minutes in the regular season and a pair of goals in four playoff games. As the Flames first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old forward has played 159 career NHL games, notching 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points while accumulating 112 penalty minutes.

 Term: 2 Years

AAV: $1.95M

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On Those Iginla Or Jagr Rumors To Calgary

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

After all, even with the inevitable signing of restricted free agent Sam Bennett, the Flames will have roughly $4.5 million in cap space to sign either veteran. Despite being 40 and 45, respectively, you can understand the misty-eyed allure of adding Iginla or Jagr, as both are legends.

“I don’t know where all this talk comes from — we certainly never made a statement saying we’re looking at so-and-so,” Treliving said, for the first time addressing the summertime street talk.

“Both are Hall of Famers. Nobody has done more as a player in Calgary than Jarome Iginla. You can’t help but respect them. But, this notion we’ve been in contract talks with them is rumour and I’m not going to comment on them.

“Are we going to go to camp with the group we have? Good chance. Are we poking around at a few things and could there be additions before camp? Yes. Is that a guarantee? No.

“I wouldn’t say there’s anything significant on the horizon, but we look at everything every day.”

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Morning Line- Mark Giordano

"Our goal is we think we could be a 100-point club, that's kind of what I think a lot about in the summer -- trying to manage that expectation but also have something in mind that we think we could be."

-Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames.  Aaron Vickers at NHL.com has more.

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All Glen Gulutzan

The Flames report for main camp in mid-September. Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson caught up with Gulutzan as he enjoyed the final few days of his summer vacation for a Q&A about the upcoming season …

Wes Gilbertson: What’s this time of year like for a coach, knowing another season is just around the corner?

Glen Gulutzan: “Your mind is starting to shift gears a little bit — to getting back to the office — and you’re starting to get excited. I know I am, and I’ve talked to a few of the players in the last couple of days and I know they are too. I think everybody is excited to get back and get going. But I guard against gearing up too quick. This is where I kind of take time to re-charge my batteries. I know what the season looks like, I know the workload involved, so here I try to spend as much time with my family as I can and just re-charge.”

WG: What’s the big difference now, as you prepare for your second season in Calgary, compared to when you were introducing yourself at training camp last fall as the new guy?

GG: “I think the biggest difference for me, going into it now, is that we made mega changes to the style of play last year, as you know. The beginning was, ‘Is this going to work?’ but we just stayed with it. I think for me, coming into this season, I’m going to have 12 or 13 other guys — whatever we have returning — with me that are going to be saying, ‘Yeah, this is the way we do things.’ So we’ve put the markings on creating a little bit of a culture here, of what our expectations are. For me, laying all that groundwork isn’t as important now as making sure we’re refining things right away as we come in.”

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Don Maloney Named VP Of Hockey Operations In Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving made the following announcement with regards to the hockey department; Don Maloney was named Vice President of Hockey Operations. Maloney will continue to report directly to General Manager Brad Treliving.

Maloney originally joined the Flames in 2016 as a Pro Scout following nine seasons as Executive Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to joining the Coyotes in 2007, he spent the previous 10 seasons as a member of the New York Rangers’ front office, most recently serving as the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager.

Additionally, the Flames have re-signed Assistant General Managers Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall. Conroy is entering his fourth season in his current role after serving four seasons as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. This will be Brad Pascall’s third season as the Flames Assistant General Manager and the General Manager of the Flames AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

The Flames also announced Derek MacKinnon as the Director of Pro Personnel; Rob Sumner and Fred Parker as Assistant Directors of Amateur Scouting working under Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button; and Chris Snow changing titles to Director of Hockey Analysis.

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All Johnny Gaudreau

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

DI: What was your biggest takeaway this season with the Flames?

JG: Probably the resiliency of our team. We had a tough start this season. I think we were like 5-10. Coming around Thanksgiving we were out of a playoff spot. The statistics of when you’re out of a playoff position at Thanksgiving is really high (to miss the playoffs). It’s difficult to fight your way into a playoff spot, but our team did it. We had a great second half of the season and we played some good hockey in the playoffs. Unfortunately we got swept, but I think we could have won a game or two there and the series could have been a little different. It’s a learning experience for us. We have a really young team, a lot of good, young leaders on our team and some older leaders that us young guys get to learn from. We’re pretty fortunate with the group we have in Calgary. We had some pretty big signings this offseason (including Union College star Spencer Foo and trading for defenseman Travis Hamonic and goalies Mike Smith and Eddie Lack). I’m really looking forward to next season, too.

DI: I bet your phone was blowing up recently after your interview on 94.1 WIP. They asked you about coming to the Flyers someday and you said it would be great. Did that small spark set off your Twitter account?

JG: Yeah, the way the question was asked I said, “It would be sweet to play in your hometown.” I think if you ask any player in the NHL if they’d like to play in their hometown at some point they’d all say it would be pretty sweet. You’ve got friends, you’ve got family, you’ve got kids you went to school with, you’ve got teachers, you name it. You’ve got people that will be supporting you. The people support me down here, like it’s crazy down here. I’m just really fortunate they follow me up in Calgary. I love Calgary, don’t me wrong. It’s a great city and they’re so passionate about our team. It’s a real hockey city. I really enjoy it up there, don’t get me wrong, but I think if you ask any player if he wants to play in his hometown they’d say it would be pretty cool to do that. I’ve still got five more years on my contract and who knows…if we’re playing well up here in Calgary I could end up staying another four or five years there because I love the city so much. It’s tough to have all those articles come out when it’s something so small, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

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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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