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from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
O’Reilly signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Flames, including a $2.5 million bonus that will kick in next week if the Avs don’t match the deal and keep the 22-year-old. O’Reilly will make approximately $2.9 million this season, in less than 29 games (18 of 48 games are in the books), and $6.5 million next season.
Will the Avs match? My early response is no. They could have had Factor for much less, and paying him a $2.5 million signing bonus for holding out will be too much pride to swallow for this executive staff. If they don’t match, they will be compensated with first- and third-round draft picks. And I suspect they will turn this PR nightmare into another “we’re building through the draft” move, and basically ignore that Factor is in his early prime and draft picks don’t typically produce for 2-4 years. Also, if the Avs do match, what do you think the guys in the room are going to think about the $10 million man, after sloshing through the first 18 games in great need of their young star? And next year, Matt Duchene is making $3.5M and Factor is at $6.5M, after which both are RFA’s again. Then what? Don’t think it will happen.
A handful of others who I respect in this business think otherwise. They think the Avs will match and swallow their pride in a situation that turned into an organizational disaster.
The Calgary Flames have filed an offer sheet on Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
Dreger reports that the offer sheet carries an average annual value of $5 million. O'Reilly will make $1 million in base salary for 2012-13 with a signing bonus worth $2.5 million. His 2013-14 salary will be $6.5 million.
The 22-year-old forward scored 18 goals and 37 assists in 81 games.
At some point, hopefully soon, a good friend of Jay Feaster will pull him aside, show him a calendar and make sure that Calgary’s GM has a firm grasp on the year in which he’s living and working.
Feaster’s dogged determination to wear Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff down to the wire for a team that has no real chance at the playoffs is enough to make you wonder.
So does his decision to acquire Brian McGrattan today from the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor league defenseman Joe Piskula.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the trade.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right winger Brian McGrattan from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Joe Piskula. The Flames have assigned McGrattan to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
McGrattan has played two games with the Nashville Predators and six games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) this season. This will be McGrattan’s second time suiting up for the Flames after playing for Calgary during the 2009-10 season where he had one goal and three assists along with 86 penalty minutes in 34 games and was a +3.
Zach Parise will never come closer to scoring a goal than this. What a stick swoop by Mark Giordano.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
When Sutter took over as GM, adding to his coaching duties, he could do no wrong, and it paid off. He took a team which was a laughingstock, having missed the playoffs seven consecutive seasons, and coached it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals during that miracle 2004 run.
He acquired goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for a second-round draft choice, the first of a few astute trades which paid dividends during his first couple of years at the helm.
For that, Sutter deserves all kinds of credit to this day.
(In fact, the Flames should have made a point of honouring him when Sutter returned to the Saddledome as coach of the Kings for the first time last season, but they didn't. The Tampa Bay Lightning did it for Feaster when he was returned there while with the Flames.)
However, the combination of bad drafting, dealt-away second-round picks and trades which blew up in his face during Sutter's reign of error has left the Flames where they are, a sub-mediocre squad looking for miracles to make the playoffs.
The Flames should have more of their first-round draft choices from Sutter's time making their mark these days.
NEW YORK (February 19, 2013) – Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel in NHL Game No. 215 in Dallas on Sunday, February 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
As defined by NHL Rule 52: “Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.”
The incident occurred at 11:53 of the second period. Giordano was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
As a first-time offender, the maximum Giordano could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or one-half of his daily salary.
“The fact is — three years with no playoffs, no playoff-round (wins) since 2004. We need to get some answers here. To sit and watch the parade go by . . . like, how long will that go on?
“I never go back home at night or wake up in the morning the day after a game and say, ‘I should have done this. I should have done that.’ I do it. I live with the results, whether they’re good or bad. I’m a guy, I like to be active. We have the flexibility right now to try some stuff. And it sends messages to the rest of the team.”
-Bob Hartley, coach of the Calgary Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
They are the same guy, in so many ways.
Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth. A northern Alberta kid who captains the Calgary Flames; a Southern Alberta kid playing most of a 1,200-game career with the Edmonton Oilers.
One, the face of the Flames franchise and favourite son of owner Murray Edwards. Another, whose flowing mullet and oversized beak are routinely seen on internet photo shops of Jesus, in a flowing white robe under shining light.
Both would die happy men if they could bring a Stanley Cup to their city. Both took it to a Game 7, but came away with nothing.
Today, at age 35 and 36 respectively, Iginla and Smyth are feeling the identical heat where it hurts the most. At home.
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