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Afternoon Line- Matthew Tkachuk

“It’s time for people to look at us as a serious contender throughout the league."

“It’s been way too frustrating the past couple of years the way it’s ending. he sour taste sticks with you forever. It’s time to change that this year.”

-Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames. Donna Spencer of the CP has more at GlobablNews.

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Johnny Gaudreau Looking Forward To The New Season

from Daniel Austin of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames want Johnny Gaudreau to leave last season in the past.

It’s time to move on, so learn whatever there is to learn from an underwhelming season and focus on helping the Flames take another step in their quest to becoming a true Stanley Cup contender.

After the Flames crashed out of the Edmonton bubble with a first-round playoff loss to the Dallas Stars, Gaudreau became the focus of some pointed criticism from both media and fans. Long a darling to the Flames faithful and the scribes who cover them every day, articles were written about whether GM Brad Treliving should consider trading the left-winger. The social media backlash wasn’t pretty, either.

It’s probably inevitable that Gaudreau saw and heard some of that criticism, but as training camp got underway at the Scotiabank Saddledome this weekend, Flames head coach Geoff Ward said his all-star winger’s head was right where it needed to be.

“He’s coming in with a big smile on his face, that’s for sure. There seems to be a weight lifted off his shoulders,” Ward said. “I think that naturally happens with a new season and we’re not really concerned about what happened last year or what those thoughts are.

“We left those things last year after we had our final calls. We had our exit meetings, so that’s all forgotten.We talked about the importance of moving forward. I know he’s put an awful lot of time into preparing himself for this year. We put a lot of time into just making sure that we’re not talking about the past. We’re talking about the future and we’re looking forward to that.”

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Chris Tanev Moving From Vancouver To Calgary

 

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Jacob Markstrom Signs With Calgary

Details to follow.

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Geoff Ward Gets The Title Head Coach Of The Calgary Flames

via the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames announce today that they have named Geoff Ward as the franchise's 20th head coach.

Ward, a native of Waterloo, Ontario was named the Flames interim head coach on November 29, 2019, leading the Flames to a 25-15-3 record (during that period the Flames ranked eighth in the League, fourth in the Western Conference with a .616 P%) and a trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flames eliminated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the in the Qualifying Round.

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Morning Line- Johnny Gaudreau

“Calgary has been a second home to me, I love playing there. I love my teammates there. I love the city. The fans are awesome. It’s a team that I could see myself playing for for the remainder of my career, and I’ve always said that. I know a lot of people have speculations of me wanting to go back east, but I just feel really comfortable where I’m at — with the teammates there, the coaching staff, with Brad (Treliving), the management, the owners …

“Throughout my whole time there, I’ve been treated really well. I love the city. It’s been a blast playing there the past six years. It’s unfortunate we haven’t reached the end-goal that we’ve wanted in the past, but it’s been a second home to me. My family loves it there. My girlfriend likes being there. It’s a special place for us.”

-Johnny Gaudreau.  Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun has more.

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Trade Johnny Gaudreau?

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

...GM Brad Treliving will have no choice but to put in motion significant personnel changes.

And that starts with Johnny Gaudreau.

He’s likely played his last game as a Calgary Flame.

Predictably, the core just couldn’t get it done, but no man was more of an enigma than No. 13.

Gaudreau’s annual disappearance can best be explained by the simple fact his style of game doesn’t mesh with playoff hockey.

When time and space get taken away, and when teams collapse their defence and the intensity gets ramped up, the 5-foot-7, 165-pound Jersey native has been neutralized year after year.

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The Dallas Stars Advance And Will Face The Colorado Avalanche

from the CP at TSN,

Denis Gurianov scored four times and added an assist as the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 7-3 on Thursday to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Miro Heiskanen had a goal and three assists for Dallas. Joe Pavelski and Radek Faksa also scored. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves for the win.

The Stars win the best-of-seven series 4-2 and will face the Colorado Avalanche in Round 2.

Andrew MangiapaneRasmus Andersson, and Johnny Gaudreau replied for Calgary.

Cam Talbot, making his 10th consecutive start in net for Calgary, was pulled for David Rittich early in the second period but returned for the third period after Rittich allowed three goals on nine shots.

Dallas scored seven times on just 24 shots.

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The Calgary Flames Lost The Battle

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

They lost the game, they lost Matthew Tkachuk, and for a considerable amount of time, it looked like they lost their confidence.

Yet somehow, the Calgary Flames never lost faith.

Despite yet another parade of punishment dished out by the Flames Thursday night, the Dallas Stars did well to push back on the ice and the scoreboard.

As expected.

Game on, as the series is now tied 1-1....

For the first two periods the Flames dished it out and they took it, but it was Gang Green that managed to sustain plenty of offensive pressure on a younger Flames club that was back on its heels most of the evening.

Yet, despite falling behind 4-2 late in the second period, and having a third-period goal overturned in controversial fashion, the Flames somehow managed to tie it with three minutes left.

Their gutsy comeback was rendered moot in the final minute when defenceman Jamie Oleksiak finished a golden pass from Corey Perry that exposed broken coverage and gave the Stars a 5-4 win, with the winner coming with 40 seconds remaining.

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On To The Next Round For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

If there was ever any question the Flames would be ready for the last-gasp battle sure to be thrown their way, it was answered two seconds in.

Milan Lucic flexed his extensive playoff muscles by dropping the mitts off the opening draw with Nathan Beaulieu, scoring a decisive victory over the Jets defenceman.

After speaking the day earlier about proving to themselves and others they wouldn’t back down from the obvious push from a desperate and depleted Winnipeg club, they backed it up in every way.

Game on.

Just 20 minutes later, it was essentially game over, thanks largely to the efforts of Lucic and his third line.

A Flames team that promised it had learned valuable lessons from last year’s playoff meltdown demonstrated exactly that with an early lead, followed by a clinical shutdown they weren’t capable of during the Colorado Collapse of 2019.

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