CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano Is Up For Another Post Season Award

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2019-04-25

The Flames captain could clean up at the NHL Awards in June. If Mark Giordano somehow doesn’t win the Norris Trophy he will still have the chance to take home some hardware at the 2019 NHL Awards. Today the NHL announced that Giordano is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The award is given to the player that “exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.” Giordano have some fairly stiff competition with the likes of Wayne Simmonds (Nashville) and Justin Williams (Carolina) as the other two finalists. All three players are entrenched in their communities with programs that range from charities benefiting local schools,

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City likely to retain ownership of new arena in deal to replace Saddledome

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2019-04-25

The Calgary Flames are out of the playoffs, but the biggest hockey event in the city this year is likely still to come in the form of a potential deal to replace the Saddledome. Officials say a proposal for a new facility is in the works and could soon be presented to the owners of the Flames. Postmedia has learned that the city would likely retain ownership of the building in the event a deal is reached with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. (CSEC). Coun. Jeff Davison, chair of council’s event centre committee, told reporters Wednesday that formal negotiations have yet to begin but he’s confident that the committee will soon be able to bring forward the “right type of proposal.” “We want to put our best foot forward. We’re being extra cautious and spending extra time to make sure that any proposal that we move forward with is our best position to be in,” Davison said. “We know we have to try something different. What we do know at t

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Giordano, Simmonds, Williams finalists for Mark Messier Leadership Award

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2019-04-24

The NHL has announced the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, given annually to the player “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.” This season’s finalists are Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano, Nashville Predators forward

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Flames Face Goalie Glut This Summer

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2019-04-24

CALGARY — Goaltending is a big-ticket puzzle for the Calgary Flames to solve this summer. Calgary got the goaltending it needed to be successful in 2018-19. It wasn’t the reason for an early playoff exit. But the team’s needs and wants may not align with those of Mike Smith, a 37-year-old headed for unrestricted free agency. He and restricted free agent David Rittich essentially split duties in the Flames net, which didn’t sit well with Smith at times.

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Calgary Flames face conundrum in net with a pair of free-agent goalies

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2019-04-24

CALGARY — Goaltending is a big-ticket puzzle for the Calgary Flames to solve this summer. Calgary got the goaltending it needed to be successful in 2018-19. It wasn’t the reason for an early playoff exit. But the team’s needs and wants may not align with those of Mike Smith, a 37-year-old headed for unrestricted free agency. He and restricted free agent David Rittich essentially split duties in the Flames net, which didn’t sit well with Smith at times. "I think after the all-star break I played some of my best hockey, the most consistent hockey I had all season," Smith said. "To be honest, I probably didn’t handle not playing as well as I should have. I probably wore it a lot harder than I needed to and it probably affected the way I played early on in the season

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Roads reopened after blaze at southeast metal recycling business

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2019-04-24

Traffic is again flowing on Ogden Road after a fire at a metal recycling plant in the southeast, at least the third significant blaze at the scrapyard in the last seven years. Crews rushed to Calgary Metal Recyclers Inc. in the 3400 block of Ogden Road S.E. sometime before 6 a.m. on Wednesday after flames and thick black smoke were seen coming from the scrapyard. Police had parts of southbound Ogden Road blocked off for hours as members of the Calgary Fire Department battled the blaze, which is just the most recent conflagration at the plant. Back in 2012, a fire smouldered at the plant for two weeks, leading to 17 charges under provincial fire code violations carrying a maximum $15,000 fine for each charge. It took 12 engines to extinguish another fire in 2014 that was not considered suspicious. Both of those blazes were started when interior cloth materials stripped from vehicles and ground down for recycling, also known as auto fluff, caught fire.

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NHL Rumors: Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames And The Vegas Golden Knights

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2019-04-24

Could the Vancouver Canucks be interested in taking on James Neal's contract? Keys to the Vegas Golden Knights offseason.

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Leafs’ loss ensures U.S. team will win Cup for 25th straight season

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2019-04-24

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too young to remember the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. That trend will continue for a 25th NHL season after all three Canadian teams were eliminated in the opening round of the 2018-19 playoffs. The Boston Bruins defeated Toronto 5-1 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Tuesday, sending the Maple Leafs to join the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets among the post-seasons early exits. The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks did not qualify for the playoffs. The last Canadian team to win the Cup was the 1993 edition of the Montreal Canadiens. The inauspicious streak has been threatened a few times — Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver each made it to Game 7 of a Cup final before b

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Flames & Neal Start Relationship Repair

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2019-04-24

CALGARY — Amid the fallout from the Calgary Flames’ early playoff ejection is a frayed relationship with James Neal. A Healthy Scratch in the Playoffs The veteran winger was a healthy scratch for the first time in his 11-year career when the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Flames in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series last Friday. Calgary signed the 31-year-old to a five-year contract worth US$28.75 million last year because he was a consistent 20-goal man and also brought playoff experience after two long runs with Nashville and Vegas.

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Episode 211: Another First Round Departure

Source: Fireside Chat
Date: 2019-04-24

Well, the Flames are out again the first round after a 4-1 series against the Avalanche. Coming into the playoffs as the best team in the Western Conference and the second best season in franchise history, what went wrong? The guys break down the playoff series and what went wrong, as well as what the Flames need to improve in the off season and what next year's lineup could look like.  Is it time to make some hard decisions to move some key assets of this team? Is this core built for a deep playoff run?

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