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CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right winger Kevin Westgarth from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Greg Nemisz.
Westgarth, a Princeton graduate, is in his fifth NHL season and has played in 12 games for the Hurricanes this year. He has played 133 career games with Los Angeles and Carolina accumulating three goals and six assists for nine points and 202 penalty minutes.a
No update on Andrew Alberts who has not returned to the game.
Backes received two for kneeing for this hit on Matt Stajan. Should it have been more?
The Flames have yet to update toe condition of Stajan.
“I heard they were talking about it on TSN. My first reaction, I thought my daughter was cute — she’s funny. But if my hair is a subject, it’s a slow news day. And second, the fact I now know it aggravates people, I’m probably not going to get it cut.”
-Brian Burke, Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations, on his hair. Read more from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald on the GM job process for the Flames.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Feaster had been under the gun at different times during his tenure with the Flames, most notably back in January when, after the lockout had been settled, he signed a restricted free agent, Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet, unaware that he had played a handful of games in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League after the lockout ended. Luckily for the Flames, the Colorado Avalanche, the team that owned O'Reilly's NHL rights, matched the offer. Otherwise, Calgary would have been forced to put O'Reilly on waivers, lost him to an NHL team and would have forfeited their No. 1 pick in the 2013 entry draft, which they'd used to select Sean Monahan....
Burke said that his primary directive when joining the Flames was to assess the organization and he had spent the first 60 days of his tenure doing that. And while Feaster made some moves that he approved of, Burke thought that in order to achieve the team's long-term goals - to win a Stanley Cup - changes in the front office were needed.
"We needed to make a change to get to the next level, which is why we took the steps that we did," he said. "Jay's a friend. It's not fun to fire a friend ...This is all about having a parade. It seems very distant on a day like today ... but that's what this is about."
Burke said he wanted a team with more size and "truculence - there, I said it" and that was one area in which he and Feaster didn't see eye to eye. He thought the Flames were too small, which may not bode well for the future of Michael Cammalleri with the team, an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames, will hold a press conference scheduled for 1:00pm ET today.
Watch it below...
added 1:05pm, Burke says no further changes and the new GM search has started. He will act only as interm GM until a replacement is found.
added 1:27pm. Press conference is over.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that General Manager Jay Feaster and Assistant General Manager John Weisbrod have been relieved of their duties effective immediately.
Brian Burke will have a press conference at 11:00am MT
Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
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