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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed their 2013 first round pick (6th overall), centre Sean Monahan to a three year entry level contract.
“Getting Sean signed prior to Rookie Camp and Main Camp has always been our priority and we are very pleased to have him in the fold,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “From our very first interaction with him, Sean has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and a steadfast resolve to be the very best player he can be, and his character and work ethic have continued to shine through in his preparation this summer. Not only is Sean a very good hockey player, but he is a great person as well. He had a solid showing at our recent Development Camp, and as we shared with him afterward, we look forward to watching him play at our Rookie Tournament in Penticton and then attempt to compete for a spot at Main Camp in Calgary.”
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a two year contract.
“Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn’t for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development. We need Mikael to be one of our go-to players this year, and we are excited about watching him continue to evolve and take that step to the next level as a player.”
Backlund played 32 games with the Flames last season netting eight goals and eight assists for 16 points along with 29 penalty minutes. He was the Flames first round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an AAV of $1,500,000 per season
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Corban Knight, Greg Nemisz and Karri Ramo.
Ramo, originally acquired by the Flames in January of 2012, has spent the last five seasons in the KHL with Omsk Avangard where he is a two-time all-star. He has played 48 games in the NHL with Tampa Bay recording eleven wins between 2006 and 2009.
Contract terms: Two-year contract $2,600,000 / $2,900,000 with an Average Annual Value of $2,750,000
Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed forward T.J. Galiardi from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Flames fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
“We are thrilled to add a young player with TJ’s size and versatility to our line-up,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He can play Left Wing or Center, he competes hard, is a very good energy player, and he is only 25-years old. The fact that he is from Calgary, lives here in the off-season and played for the Hitmen is an added bonus, as he is yet another player who is excited to be part of our program going forward.”
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The way a group of nuns sit around talking about the Pope. Or guitarists speak in reverent tones of Clapton.
“Vinny,” announced Jay Feaster on Friday, “is a very, very talented guy. That’s a tough day for the franchise in Tampa. I started in pro hockey the same year Vinny started with the Lightning.
“Special guy. Special player.”
Vincent Lecavalier is a free man come July 5.
Might his old boss, Feaster, smitten by nostalgia for a collaboration that helped snag a Stanley Cup in 2004, be pitching ardent woo the minute the clock strikes the witching hour on free-agency?
Goodness, let’s hope not.
Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich.
“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”
via Avalanche release on the trade...
“We are excited to have Alex back with the organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He is coming off a solid season and his experience will be beneficial to our young players. Cory is a veteran defenseman who will help our back end.”
The Calgary Flames just released this statement regarding reports out of Finland stating Kiprusoff is retiring.
“As we indicated when we addressed the media on June 14th, having just spoken with Miikka at that time, we realized that if pushed for an answer Miikka would have said that he was finished with his professional career. In light of our most recent meeting with him, the statement attributed to him by the Finnish National Team does not come as a surprise. However, as we have said consistently, we will continue our dialogue with Miikka.”
Calgary Flames General Manager
via the CP at Sportsnet,
The Calgary Flames say everything below row eight in the hockey team’s home arena has been ruined by flooding.
Team president Ken King calls it a total loss — dressing rooms, players’ equipment, seats, boards and scoreboard electronics.
King says a player coming out on the ice right now would be completely submerged.
He wouldn’t estimate what the repair cost will be, but he believes everything will be covered by insurance.
King says crews have a lot of work ahead of them to be ready for the upcoming season.
You can also watch a video of Ken King going into much more detail on the flooding situation.
Watch the video at the Sportsnet link above or watch it below...
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