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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a two year contract.
Russell, a native of Red Deer, Alberta, has played 44 games this season with the Flames netting four goals and adding 16 assists for 20 points. The Flames acquired Russell from St. Louis this past off-season in exchange for Calgary’s 5th round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 408 career NHL games scoring 27 goals and 88 assists for 115 points with Columbus, St. Louis and Calgary. Russell was originally drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an Average Annual Value of $2,260,000 per season.
The Flames are in Philadelphia for a game tomorrow afternoon, so Hudler did a little cross-training.
The play was clearly offside...
more from Luke Fox of Sportsnet...
"I am perplexed by this fine. I stand behind Bob Hartley completely in this regard, and remain confident that he acted properly in every aspect of this game."
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella has been suspended for 15 days, without pay, for his actions during the first intermission of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today.
"Mr. Tortorella's actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the League," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game."
Mr. Tortorella's suspension is effective retroactive to January 19 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 2. He will miss six games. He is not permitted to have any interaction with his Club prior to, during or after games.
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $25,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place off of the opening face-off of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.
In issuing the suspension, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell stated: "We are holding Mr. Hartley responsible for the actions of Flames' right wing Kevin Westgarth, who took the game's opening face-off and attempted to instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent -- the Canucks' Kevin Bieksa."
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
Eliotte Friedman joined Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 and discussed the Calgary/Vancouver game on Saturday night.
Friedman also had a few things to say about the recent Peter Gammons tweet about the NHL.
Friedman also talked Wings and he is nos so sure if the team in Detroit will ever get healthy again this season.
You can listen to the full interview here.
“My guess is there will be a lot of compression between the Olympics and March 5 (trade-deadline day). It’s going to bunch up, and it will be a frantic time for all the teams. If you’re shedding and moving UFAs, you’re probably better off waiting, because it always compresses in that last week. My prediction, if we are moving UFAs, is that that time will be very stressful.”
-Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames. More on Burke's trade plans from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So there was Vancouver Canucks’ coach John Tortorella, who’d more or less been on his best behavior all season, trying to get to the Calgary Flames’ dressing room after the a brawl-filled first period to challenge … who? Bob Hartley, the Flames coach? Probably. It wouldn't have made any sense to go after Brian McGrattan, who’d duked it out with the Canucks’ Tom Sestito during a 1970s style line brawl that broke out two seconds into Saturday night’s game between the Pacific Division rivals and conjured up images of three guys wearing funny glasses, talking about old-time hockey.
Yes, Slapshot - an updated 2014 version - was on the tube again Saturday night, the last act of Hockey Night In Canada’s endless day-long broadcast. If you went to bed at a reasonable hour, here’s what you missed:
Below, watch the full 6 minute segment of Inside the Game on HNIC, which appeared after the first period of the Flames.Canucks game..
Also below, watch Bob Hartley post-game.
Puck drops, then....
00:02 Calgary Ladislav Smid: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kevin Bieksa: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Brian Mcgrattan: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Tom Sestito: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Blair Jones: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Dale Weise: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Chris Butler: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Jason Garrison: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kellan Lain: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 2 minutes, roughing
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 5 minutes, fighting
added 10:39pm, Line brawl video is below...
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