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The Calgary Flames Now Have Their #1 Goaltender

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Calgary Flames completed their most important piece of off-season business Saturday, acquiring a new No. 1 goaltender in Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes.

Just hours before they were obliged to submit their protected list for the 2017 NHL expansion draft, the Flames acquired Arizona’s long-time starter in exchange for Brandon Hickey, a top defensive prospect, the rights to pending free-agent goaltender Chad Johnson, plus a conditional third-round pick that becomes a second-rounder if the Flames make the playoffs in 2018.

In what will surely be a heavily scrutinized move, the Flames gave up a player in Hickey that was likely their brightest prospect on defence. But while the acquisition cost was steep, the Flames didn’t give up a player off the NHL roster, which is what other deals they were pondering would have required.

The 35-year-old Smith has two years remaining on a six-year, $34-million contract that he signed in 2013, and it pays him an annual average salary of $5.666-million....

Smith’s acquisition means that, for the third consecutive season, the Flames’ will have a new No. 1 face in goal. Last year’s tandem, Brian Elliott and Johnson, was an upgrade over the previous year’s trio (Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio). Elliott overcame a slow start to put together a quality regular season on behalf of the Flames, but he faltered in the playoffs during a four-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

Organizationally, the hope is that Smith can not only help the Flames get to the playoffs, but that they can then do some damage once they’re there.


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Calgary Showing Interest In Goaltender Mike Smith

Makes sense, Calgary needs goaltending.


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Would The Flames Actually Leave Calgary?

from Eva Ferguson of the Calgary Sun,

In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of operations Brian Burke said the much-loved NHL team will leave the city if they don't get the new arena they've been seeking.

"We're not going to make the threat to leave. We'll just leave," Burke told a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary Wednesday.

"We still have a building that was built in 1983, the oldest in the league by more than 10 years.

"They figured it out in Edmonton. Where they know that a new building can rejuvenate the downtown. But I guess we're just smarter than that here."

Burke's speech aimed to focus on the financial challenges that Canadian NHL teams face, from a low Canadian dollar to more public support for new builds in the U.S.


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Jordan Sigalet’s Life

from Shanda Deziel of Maclean's,

Jordan Sigalet played a total of 43 seconds in the NHL, and he has vivid memories of it.

On Jan. 7, 2006, the Boston Bruins were hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning and had called Sigalet up from the farm team to back up their main goalie, Andrew Raycroft. As had happened a few times before in Boston, Sigalet spent the night freezing cold, sitting on the bench. Yet, in the final minute, with the Bruins up 6-3, Raycroft sprained his ankle and couldn’t finish the game. Sigalet was given the nod. “I played 43 seconds and I didn’t even see a shot, but what an awesome experience,” says the New Westminster, B.C., native. “You can’t believe you’re hopping over the boards in front of 18,000 people in the Boston Gardens—a dream come true, especially after being told you might never play again.”

Three years earlier, when Sigalet was a junior at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (and had already been drafted by Boston), he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system. The promising goalie was told by doctors he likely wouldn’t be able to play hockey—after all, heat and stress are known to trigger MS episodes, and the disease’s symptoms of numbness and blurred vision were not exactly conducive to goaltending. “When I look back,” says Sigalet, “hearing those words lit a fire under me. I wanted to prove to myself that I could play. And for anyone who didn’t believe I could, I wanted to prove them wrong.”

Sigalet defied the odds, playing three years in the American Hockey League, those 43 seconds in the NHL and one year in Europe. At 36 years old, he is entering his fourth season as head goalie coach for the Calgary Flames. In recent years, when Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding and Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell announced they had been diagnosed with MS, Sigalet immediately reached out, letting them know the disease is by no means a life sentence.


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The Calgary Flames Need A Goalie

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

So, with Bishop off the market, where do the Flames look next?

Jimmy Howard

The Red Wings have a bit of a cap conundrum. Though the results of the campaign wouldn’t show it, Detroit ended the season with the highest final cap hit of any team in the league, which is a pretty good indication things need to change in Hockeytown. That could mean a changing of the guard in goal, which is something that many felt the Red Wings were set to undertake last season but were unable to complete. That’s not without reason, though, because despite Petr Mrazek being the heir to the crease, moving along Howard and his cap hit was never going to be easy.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland might have an easier time with that this summer, however. Howard’s play from 2013-14 to 2015-16 was mediocre at best for a goaltender earning $5.29 million per season, but if it weren’t for injury he could have very well been the single player that gave Detroit its best shot at keeping their playoff streak alive. He turned in a solid .927 SP across 24 games, which is the best mark Howard has posted in any season he’s played at least 20 games.

Howard would have a much better defense to play behind in Calgary, and if the Flames were willing to shell out big coin for Bishop, maybe they can stomach the cap hit for the Red Wings netminder.

Steve Mason

Mason’s a tricky one because no one quite knows his situation at this point. He had an abysmal year with the Flyers this past season, but he had been rock solid in each of the past three campaigns and seems like the best bet Philadelphia has for a starter next year. The issue is, though, he doesn’t have a deal for the upcoming campaign. That could simply be because Flyers GM Ron Hextall is trying to use free agency to protect Mason in the expansion draft, but the risk there is Mason hits the open market. And if that comes to pass, the Flames should definitely take a shot....

more on Mason and other goalies mentioned...

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Video- Brian Burke On Numerous Topics

Brian Burke was on Prime Time Sports yesterday and touched on numerous topics such as his team, the Sabres, hockey in China, the hit on Crosby and the NHL plays too many games.


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A Multi-Year Contract Extension For Brad Treliving

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed General Manager Brad Treliving to a multi-year contract extension.

“We are striving to create a level of continuity and stability, as all successful teams do,” said Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. “Today’s announcement is another step forward for our organization on that path. Under Brad’s leadership, we have seen progress over the past three seasons and look forward to building on that growth in the coming years.”

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NHL Linesman Don Henderson Files Suit Against Dennis Wideman

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

National Hockey League linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.

CTV News and TSN have learned that Henderson filed his lawsuit against Wideman on Apr. 18 in a Calgary court.

Henderson seeks general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income of $10 million.

The Flames are also listed as a defendant.

According to his lawsuit, Henderson suffered injuries to his head, neck back, shoulder, and right knee. He also allegedly suffered a concussion, pain, numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand, shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability.


If you need a refresher, watch the incident below...

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Done In Calgary

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Brian Elliott era is over in Calgary.

So is the Calgary Flames season.

Those facts aren’t mutually exclusive.

Not only did Elliott play a significant role in the Flames loss for the second game in a row, the 32-year-old netminder’s whiff on a soft, weak-angled wrister by Patrick Eaves a mere 5:38 into Wednesday’s series-ending game also put an abrupt end to any chance the Flames can put any more faith in him.

Or money.

That point was hammered home seconds later when coach Glen Gulutzan replaced Elliott with Chad Johnson, leading to one of the longest skates to the bench in Elliott’s career.

Surely his last as a Flame.

Immediately plopping himself down at the end of the bench, a stunned Elliott left his mask and gloves on the rest of the period.

You couldn’t help but feel bad for him.


Watch the game highlights (Ducsk 3 - Flames 1) below and the handshake line too

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Kevin Bieksa Is Playoff-Tough

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

On Tuesday, Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle pronounced Bieksa’s name with a distinct air of respect, and with good reason. “We like Kevin Bieksa,” Carlyle said. “I don’t care what anybody else says about him, personally.”

Carlyle and his coaching staff appreciated the physical price Bieksa paid on Monday in the Ducks’ comeback for a 5-4 overtime victory over the Flames, which gave them a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series that resumes Wednesday in Calgary.

A popular target in the Flames’ strategy of being physical against the Ducks’ depleted defense corps, Bieksa twice went to the locker room for repairs but contributed two assists and a stellar block on a Calgary two-on-one rush. “It felt like a playoff game,” Bieksa said, and he didn’t have to say anything else.

Carlyle said he believes Bieksa’s competitiveness is a good example for his teammates, and it certainly fueled what Carlyle called Bieksa’s best performance of the season. Bieksa took no penalties, dished out two hits and turned the other cheek, never straying from Carlyle’s game plan.

“And he holds other people accountable. I’d like to say that he’s going to play mistake-free hockey, and I would say no because that’s the type of player he is and I don’t think there’s a player on the ice surface who doesn’t make mistakes,” Carlyle said.


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