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Jun 15, 2018
Sonia Scurfield - Co-Owner of Calgary Flames from 1985-1994 passes away

Sonia Scurfield - Co-Owner of Calgary Flames from 1985-1994 passes away

But her name will live on. The only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup has passed away at the age of 89. It was in ‘89 during the Calgary Flames Game 6 win - off Joe Nieuwendyk to Lanny McDonald, straight into the net - that Sonia’s name was immortalized on the silver cup for champions. According to Global News Calgary - Sonia Scurfield, who had been diagnosed with cancer two years ago, took her last breath at the Calgary Foothills Hospital just after 7pm MT, yesterday June 14th, 2018. Sonia took over the responsibility of co-ownership of a NHL team after...
Jun 13, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Andrew Mangiapane

2017-18 Player Report Card: Andrew Mangiapane

Mangiapane got playing time in Calgary, but he didn’t make much of an impact. Andrew Mangiapane: Forward NHL Stats: 10 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 4 PIM, -2.5 CFRel% AHL Stats: 39 GP, 21 G, 25 A, 46 Pts, 20 PIM, +17 Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (C) Mangiapane was a tough player to grade because the sample size was so small and the results were so mediocre. Part of his lackluster 10 game stretch could very well be attributed to his time spent shackled to the Flames 4th line. That’s an almost insurmountable obstacle for a young player to overcome during his first stint in the NHL. I’d...
Jun 12, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Brett Kulak

2017-18 Player Report Card: Brett Kulak

Kulak’s steady season has set him up to be a permanent part of the Flames blue line. Brett Kulak: Defence 71 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 Pts, 27 PIM, -2.0 CFRel% Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (B) Kulak came in as an unknown commodity and finished the season as one of the Flames better defenders. He certainly made a case for moving up in the blue line pairings for 2018-19 with his steady play. Kulak rarely made any egregious mistakes while spending the season on Calgary’s bottom D pairing. It could be argued that he deserves a spot on the second defence line instead of T.J....
Jun 11, 2018
Flames Sign Yasin Ehliz and Marcus Hogstrom

Flames Sign Yasin Ehliz and Marcus Hogstrom

The Flames signed a pair of Europeans The offseason is offcially underway as the Flames made a pair of minor signings today of two European players. The first was German forward Yasin Ehliz and the second was Swedish defenceman Marcus Hogstrom. Ehliz is 25 years of age and picked up 31 points in 46 games last year for Nuermburg of the DEL. In 2016-17 he had 48 points in 51 games for Nuermburg. He also suited up in the Olympics where he had three points in seven games for the German team that won silver. He finished the year the IIHF World Championships where he had five points in seven...
Jun 10, 2018
Flames Free Agent Target: Thomas Vanek

Flames Free Agent Target: Thomas Vanek

Calgary may look to bolster their forward core on the open market With the Flames having virtually no picks in the upcoming draft, we’re going to look ahead to free agency. The Flames had quite a few holes last season, but one that often hurt them the most was depth scoring. So with that in mind, here is a free agent forward that could fit nicely onto the team. Thomas Vanek Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Regular Season: 80 GP, 24 G, 32 A, 56 PTS, 14.3 SH% Playoffs: 6 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS If I asked you who had the most points last year among pending unrestricted free...
Jun 2, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Mike Smith

2017-18 Player Report Card: Mike Smith

Smith came to Calgary and solidified the Flames crease....for the most part. Mike Smith: Goaltender 25-22-6, .916 Save %, 2.65 GAA Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (B) Smith was a controversial off season acquisition due to his age and injury history, but for most of the season he was Calgary’s clear cut MVP. Smith kept the Flames in games they had no business being in and without his stellar play Calgary would have been dead in the water. But the injury bug hit Smith towards the end of the season and even when he came back, he didn’t look right. Smith went 2-6-0 in his final 8...
Jun 1, 2018
C of Red Op-Ed: The TJ Brodie Ride

C of Red Op-Ed: The TJ Brodie Ride

Up And Down And Where To Next? It’s like a roller coaster. It goes up, it goes down, and it goes around and around. And depending on your perspective and fears, you either focus on the dizzying high points of the ride, or the crushing gravity of the low points. Or maybe what happened at the recent end sticks in your head, or maybe you think back to the exhilaration of the start. Somewhere, the truth about how much fun that coaster ride is probably winds up somewhere in the middle. If TJ Brodie is only good when he’s attached at the hip to and only Mark Giordano, then he’s not...
Jun 1, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Matt Bartkowski

2017-18 Player Report Card: Matt Bartkowski

It’s never good when you go “wow, forgot about that guy.” Matt Bartkowski: Defence 18 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 Pts, 4 PIM, -6.8 CFRel% Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (F) Remember when Bartkowski was part of the potential return in the failed Jarome Iginla trade to Boston? Remember being upset the Flames weren’t going to get Bartkowski? Well now you have him and now you’re upset. Bartkowski only laced them up with the Flames for 18 games and it’s hard to REALLY judge a player over that short of a sample size, but the fact that he was left on the pine while the Flames tried ANYONE...
May 31, 2018
Flames Add Geoff Ward & Ryan Huska To Coaching Staff

Flames Add Geoff Ward & Ryan Huska To Coaching Staff

The Flames added two pieces to Bill Peters’ bench. Bill Peters has added two pieces to his coaching staff as of Thursday afternoon. The Flames new bench boss added Stockton Heat coach Ryan Huska and former Devils PP man Geoff Ward to his staff. .@CortexBusiness Transaction Alert: The #Flames have named Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska to the coaching staff. https://t.co/jVCFaPnmrm— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 31, 2018 Huska has spent the last 4 seasons in the Flames farm system with Adirondack and then with the Stockton Heat. Ward spent the last 3 seasons in NJ with the Devils and has...
May 31, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: T.J. Brodie

2017-18 Player Report Card: T.J. Brodie

As banner years go, this wasn’t one for T.J. Brodie. T.J. Brodie: Defence 73 GP, 4 G, 28 A, 32 Pts, 18 PIM, -3.6 CFRel% Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (D) When all is said and done T.J. Brodie will NOT look back on 2017-18 with fond memories. Brodie was finally unshackled from the human anchor that was Dennis Wideman and he looked lost for most of the season. This year will be remembered for the multitude of turnovers by Brodie that lead to goals that would sink the Flames. Brodie never really gelled with Travis Hamonic and there either needs to be a change in partners OR a...
May 30, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Mark Jankowski

2017-18 Player Report Card: Mark Jankowski

In his first full NHL season Janko proved he belonged. Mark Jankowski: Centre 72 GP, 17 G, 8 A, 25 Pts, 33 PIM, -3.6 CFRel% Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (B) Despite being an unpopular “send down” at the start of the season, Mark Jankowski kicked down the doors in Calgary and proved that he belonged on the Flames NHL roster. The controversial draft pick, who has been a project waiting to happen, collected 25 points in his first full NHL season. While showing promise in the offensive end of the rink is one thing, Janko’s skating ability has shown him to be a pretty decent two...
May 29, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Nick Shore

2017-18 Player Report Card: Nick Shore

Shore showed some promise after his trade deadline acquisition Nick Shore: Forward LA Stats: 49 GP, 4 G, 11 A, 15 PTS, 12 PIM, +3.37 CFRel% OTT Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, 0 PIM, +7.35 CFRel% CGY Stats: 9 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, 4 PIM, -0.74 CFRel% Our Individual Grades MGMacGillivray: (C) Shore was a slight upgrade over anyone else the Flames had used on the fourth line this season. It was nice to see Treliving learn his lesson in trading with Ottawa for mediocre spare parts by only giving up a 7th this time around. I’ll be fine if Shore is brought back because he showed some good flashes...
May 27, 2018
Is Derek Ryan to the Calgary Flames Inevitable?

Is Derek Ryan to the Calgary Flames Inevitable?

Ryan spent his first two NHL seasons under Peters When a coach or general manager joins a new team, often a few players from their previous tenures end up following. We’ve seen some of that with players like Mike Smith and Michael Stone being brought in to Calgary last year. So with Bill Peters coming to the Calgary Flames, is it inevitable that a Hurricane or two follows him? I think that answer is yes, and that player is Derek Ryan. Ryan would provide an immediate boost to the Flames bottom six as a right handed shooting centre who can win faceoffs, play well defensively, and also put...
May 26, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Kris Versteeg

2017-18 Player Report Card: Kris Versteeg

Versteeg missed most of the year with injury Kris Versteeg: Forward 24 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS, 6 PIM, -5.55 CFRel% Our Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (D) There just wasn’t enough of Kris Versteeg to make a difference for the Flames this past season. A nagging injury kept Versteeg out for much of 2017-18 and when he did come back he quickly went right back to being injured. He had only 8 points in 24 games in 2017-18, but he was sorely missed on the Flames PP. MGMacGillivray: (C) He looked okay at the start of the year and the powerplay suffered after his injury. Ultimately I think he...
May 25, 2018
2017-18 Player Report Card: Troy Brouwer

2017-18 Player Report Card: Troy Brouwer

Be nice people. Troy Brouwer: Right Wing 76 GP, 6 G, 16 A, 22 PTS, 53 PIM, -3.70 CFRel% Our Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (F) I was hoping against all hope that Brouwer’s 2016-17 was an aberration and that he’d be a different player this past season. Well, that didn’t happen. Brouwer brought nothing to the table and barring an unforeseen trade or potential buyout, Troy Brouwer isn’t going anywhere. I don’t see the leadership, I don’t see the skills, all I see is Brouwer taking up space where ANYONE else could be. MGMacGillivray: (F) I think everything that needs to be...