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Calgary Flames Add Nikita Zadorov And Blake Coleman

from TSN,

The Calgary Flames have added offence and defence via different routes on Wednesday.

The Flames acquired defenceman Nikita Zadorov from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick and signed former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Blake Coleman to a six-year, $29.4 deal in free agency.

Coleman will carry a cap hit of $4.9 million under the new deal.

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Nikita Zadoro Traded To Calgary By Chicago

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The Calgary Flames Lose Their Leader

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Known for 17 years in Calgary as the type of guy who’d block a shot with his face to win an exhibition game, Mark Giordano’s ultimate act of selflessness came in the dying hours of his storied Flames tenure.

“Going through this process just tells you about the guy,” said general manager Brad Treliving, who spoke “hourly” with his captain leading up to Seattle’s decision to draft the fiercely loyal defender.

“He’s telling me, ‘you’ve got to make the smart play here -- remember, I’m 38 years old.’ As much as he’s dying to stay here he looks at it through, ‘what’s best for the long-term interest of the club.’ Totally selfless all the time.”

Simply put, no team lost more to the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday than the Calgary Flames.

For the Flames it’s a devastating blow at a crucial time, depriving a reeling organization of its leader and its poster boy for perseverance, hard work and dedication.

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Sam Bennett To The Florida Panthers

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The Sinking Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Someone forgot to tell the Flames you’re supposed to search for eggs on Easter Sunday, not lay them.

That’s what the Flames did in the third period of a game they led the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through before allowing three straight goals in a 4-2 loss – their seventh in the last eight games.

They pulled the same stunt two nights earlier in Edmonton where they also turned a 2-2 tie into a third-period loss.

Rinse and repeat for a rudderless Flames club that sits closer to last place in the division (five points ahead of Ottawa) than it does to fourth place Montreal, which has a six-point cushion with five games in hand....

Asked if this team, as constructed, simply isn’t good enough to win with, Darryl Sutter was frank.

“You’ve got to play at a pace in order to keep up, and you have to be able to execute at that pace and check at that pace, and for some of our players that’s difficult,” said Sutter, whose club is now 5-8 under his guidance and bracing for an inevitable sell-off of spare parts before next Monday’s trade deadline.

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Tonight’s Vancouver/Calgary Game Has Been Postponed

NEW YORK (March 31, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that, as a result of two Vancouver Canucks Players (including one Player who was added to the COVID Protocol List after it was released at 5:00 p.m. ET today) as well as a member of their coaching staff entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols, the team’s game tonight against the Calgary Flames will be postponed. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups. The League will provide a further update tomorrow.

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The Fading Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

In the early stages of the Calgary Flames’ latest faceplant against the Ottawa Senators, Kyle Dubas sat alone at Canadian Tire Centre, taking notes on a possible trade partner.

Surely the Leafs GM figured it was worth it to see a few players up close who are sure to be made available at the trade deadline from a seventh-place Senators squad.

By night’s end, it was evident the more likely trade partner could be the Calgary Flames, who are moving perilously closer to becoming sellers.

Calgary’s season on the brink hit a new low Wednesday.

In desperate search of a solution to their scoring woes, the only thing the Flames seem capable of finding nowadays are new ways to lose.

Entering the third period with a 1-0 lead and a 13-0-0 record when leading after two, the new, defence-first Flames failed to preserve the win.

An early third-period goal in the midst of a 13-minute stretch without a Flames shot on goal set the stage for Chris Tierney’s second-straight game-winner with eight minutes remaining in a game that ended 3-1.

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The Calgary Flames Look Like A Different Team

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The newfound swagger is undeniable.

So is the fact Darryl Sutter has found a way to tap into the all-for-one and one-for-all attitude it will take for the Calgary Flames to continue chasing down a playoff spot.

On Monday night the team extended its winning streak to three under Sutter, employing a swarming defensive structure that put a stop to the traditional dominance Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have had over their southern rivals.

Sure, the duo hooked up for a goal that tied the game 3-3 early in the third.

But instead of wilting, as the team would have done earlier this year when surrendering a 3-1 lead, a gorgeous finish from Noah Hanifin one minute later was good enough for the Flames to continue rolling with a 4-3 win.

“It's a great sign,” said Hanifin, who scored his third goal in five outings by collecting a great drop pass from Andrew Mangiapane and roofing it over Mike Smith’s blocker.

“Obviously we’ve dealt with some adversity and with Darryl coming in we’ve rebounded pretty well and put together a few big games. I think guys are starting to play their roles, compete, and work hard and play a full 60 minutes. We’ve got a deep team and I think we’re doing a good job utilizing everybody. We’ve still got some ways to climb a bit, but we’re going in the right direction.”

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Does Coaching Really Matter?

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The Calgary Flames Get A Win For Darryl Sutter

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Just over a week ago, it seemed likely Darryl Sutter would never be behind an NHL bench again. Everyone assumed the two-time Stanley Cup champion was happily retired from a full-time role in the the hockey biz.

And yet there he was Thursday, back in a suit and tie — and mask, of course — as coach of the Calgary Flames.

Just over a week ago, Josh Leivo was probably feeling like he would never score again. The Flames right-winger had been either skunked or scratched in every outing so far this season.

And yet there he was Thursday, one dented goal-post away from the hat-trick.

They shared the Saddledome spotlight on this night, one doing the skipping and the other doing the sharpshooting as the Flames opened the Sutter 2.0 Era with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

“This win is two-fold,” Sutter said afterward. “One is for the late Ken King, who we lost a year ago. And the other is for my mother (Grace), for her 85th birthday today. This win is for those two.”

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