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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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The Calgary Flames Are About To Get A Wake-up Call

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Minutes after Thursday’s post-game press release announced Darryl Sutter was returning to coach the Calgary Flames, a front office source succinctly summed up the rationale.

“This group needs a wake-up,” he said.

Not many GMs get to go through four coaches in less than seven years. Then again, not many GMs have overseen a group of players as temperamental as these Flames.

Just a few days after Milan Lucic made an emphatic case for not blaming coach Geoff Ward for the team’s latest woes, Brad Treliving relieved him of his duties.

He did so less than an hour after the Flames pieced together a 7-3 win over Ottawa that married execution with work ethic and accountability.

Those last two traits have been absent for an alarming number of Flames games this year, opening the door for a man whose career has revolved around both. As a player, coach and GM, Darryl Sutter has seen hard work and accountability as the backbone of his success in hockey.

The man who guided Calgary to within two goals of a Stanley Cup in 2004, is back. Boy, is this group in for a rude awakening.

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Geoff Ward Done In Calgary, Darryl Sutter Replaces Him

via the Calgary Flames,

The Flames have named Darryl Sutter as head coach after relieving Geoff Ward of his coaching duties.

Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2017, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. He has been a head coach in the NHL for 18 seasons with Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles, accumulating a 634-467-101-83 record which ranks him 17th in NHL history for wins and 12th in Stanley Cups won. He has had winning seasons in 15 of his 18 years behind an NHL bench as head coach. Most recently he was named as an advisor to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff in July of 2019.

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Describing The Calgary Flames

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Maybe we’ve been asking the wrong question.

What’s wrong with the Calgary Flames? Pffft.

Let’s start with this one instead … What are the Calgary Flames?

After their latest lacklustre loss, after a rollercoaster six-game road-trip with more catapults than climbs, the Flames returned home with an identity crisis.

Again. Or maybe still.

What are they?

The short-term answers are simple.

They’re frustrated, as you should be when you’ve been on the wrong end of too many blowouts and just dropped two of three to the basement-dwelling Ottawa Senators, a rebuilding bunch that is suddenly surging but has mostly been a punching bag for the top troupes in the NHL’s North Division.

They’re snakebitten, scoring a grand total of one goal in each of their past eight setbacks.

They’re so inconsistent that it’s actually become oh-so-predictable.

And they’re mediocre. According to their record, that’s actually a smidge generous.

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Compete Level Questioned In Calgary

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The latest tempest in a teapot surrounds a 5-1 beatdown by the Vancouver Canucks that finished without any apparent pushback or emotion late in the proceedings. Outplayed in three of four games against a scuffling opponent coach Geoff Ward said afterwards, “it’s time for us to start giving a s--- about it.”

Former Flame Rhett Warrener took it a step further on Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s morning show Thursday when he offered up a familiar refrain to blow up the core, equating it to the Flames team he played for in 2007-08 that has nothing to show for a group that included Miikka Kiprusoff, Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr and Owen Nolan.

“These guys keep proving they’re not a win at all costs team,” said Warrener.

It’s a long-running debate in Calgary where several current players have questioned the team’s compete level following any number of horrific starts over the last few weeks.

It’s a legitimate concern when, at this level, players aren’t putting forth a compete level befitting the money they’re paid.

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The Calgary Flames Take Round 1 Of The Battle Of Alberta

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

In Saturday's warmup all the talk around Calgary was about Bennett and Blasty, as in Sam and the retro uniforms.

After being dominated by the Edmonton Oilers in the first period, the talk turned to the Flames burying themselves early, as they have done so often this year.

By night’s end the focus was on Backlund and the bounce back, as in Mikael and the way he may have helped turn the Flames' season on a dime.

Following an opening period in which the Oilers led 2-1 and outshot the Flames 17-3, it was Backlund’s newly-formed trio that spearheaded the team’s most emotional win of the season.

Not only did he work with Andrew Mangiapane and Milan Lucic to limit Connor McDavid (to two points) at one end of the ice, Backlund's line combined for seven points to cap an 80s style shootout with a 6-4 win.

“I thought that line tonight was huge for us,” said coach Geoff Ward, who finally got some of the secondary scoring his team was supposed to be all about.

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The Last Battle Of Alberta Game Was Over A Year Ago

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As a sport, we have grown past bare-knuckle fighting, head shots and most forms of hockey violence. Today’s referees are instructed to call penalties for love taps that Gordie Howe would have laughed at.

Goalie fights? Seriously? It’s 2021 — what kind of Philistine requires a goalie fight to enjoy a hockey game?

Well, to be honest, more people than you might think.

“It’s old-time hockey,” said Tyson Barrie, who is ready to break his Battle of Alberta maiden this Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. “You don’t want to see your ‘tendy squaring up at centre every game, but if it has to happen, it’s got to happen. It went down last year and we’ll see what carries over into this year.”

The last time these two teams met was Feb. 1, 2020, an 8-3 Oilers win at the Saddledome where all hell broke loose. They were all lined up for a playoff series, the first playoff Battle since 1991, and COVID-19 cruelly robbed us of that.

On Saturday, the Flames and Oilers will meet for the first of 10 times this season. There are so many forgettable hockey games played in a given season, so many no-hitters, it speaks volumes that there isn’t a single player who can’t remember the role they played in a game that took place over a year ago.

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The Calgary Flames Have Interest In Tony DeAngelo

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Flames are conducting due diligence on Tony DeAngelo and have expressed at least preliminary interest in the Rangers’ excommunicated defenseman, The Post has confirmed.

It is believed that Sam Bennett, the fourth-overall selection of the 2014 draft, who has at least temporarily fallen out of favor, has been a topic of conversation between the teams.

Bennett, who can play center or wing, has been designated as a healthy scratch for the Flames’ match at Winnipeg on Thursday after having recorded just one point (an assist) in the first nine games. He has primarily played on the wing, averaging 13:20 on a line with Mikael Backlund and either Josh Leivo or Andrew Mangiapane.

According to sources, the Flames have not yet made the definitive decision to move on from him.

Calgary is among several teams that have inquired about DeAngelo, who is in virtual taxi-squad land after clearing waivers in the wake of his Tussle in the Tunnel with Alexandar Georgiev following the Rangers match Saturday night against the Penguins. Some, though, have offered bad contracts in return. The Rangers have little to no interest in saddling themselves with an onerous obligation in order to ease DeAngelo out of the organization.

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Video- Dillon Dube Hit On Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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An Early Players Only Meeting For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It was a path Rasmus Andersson clearly wasn’t keen on going down.

With his team reeling from its third loss in a row, the Calgary Flames defenceman was asked if the latest setback had prompted a players-only meeting.

“Yes,” said Andersson, unwilling to expand.

Pressed on whether it was full of frustration or rational discussion, he stayed the course.

“Players know about it – that’s the most important part. We’d like to keep it in the room.”

Understandable.

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