CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

2021 Flames Report Card: Derek Ryan

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-12

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty ImagesRyan was once again solid in the bottom six Derek Ryan, Centre 43 GP, 2 G, 11 A, 13 Pts, 16 PIM, +6 59.71 CF%, 6.97 CFRel%, 61.05 xGF%, 7.21 xGFRel% Individual Grades MGMacGillivray: B - I’m personally a really big fan of Derek Ryan so my grade might be a touch high, but I first want to say that I was stunned that not one team traded for him at the trade deadline this year. While the Flames weren’t going to just give him up, I’m surprised they couldn’t even grab a mid round pick while retaining money or something along those lines. His advanced stats were among the very best on the team, with only Chris Tanev putting up similar number

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Akim Aliu, Hockey Diversity Alliance continue push to end racism in hockey

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2021-06-11

In the midst of a global pandemic, Akim Aliu has been places he’d never dreamt of. The former NHLer has gone from sharing his experiences as a Black hockey player on social media to gracing the covers of magazines, skating in a reality TV show and working with business leaders in his quest to help end racism in the game he loves. “I sent a tweet and now I’m dealing with CEOs and CMOs a couple months later and just in circles that I never thought I’d be in. And I think it’s for the right reasons,” Aliu said. “To be able to get some recognition is nice but that’s really not what I’m in it for. I’m in it to make impactful change.” Aliu raised serious questions about racism in hockey back in 2019 when he alleged in a tweet that then-Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs at him when they were both in the minors a decade earlier. Peters resigned soon after the allegations were made. Aliu, 32, has been pushing for cha

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Is There Any Sense in Moving Matthew Tkachuk?

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-11

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty ImagesNobody is safe as the Flames contemplate major changes Before I get into this article at all, I want to address something. I am a huge fan of Matthew Tkachuk and am extremely happy that he is a Calgary Flame. I am not advocating to just trade him for no reason or to run him out of town. Heck, I’m not even advocating to trade him, but I am just looking at reasons why the Flames might end up trading him. Instead I want to approach this from an asset management perspective and look ahead to what the long term plans of this team might be. Please understand this before you roast me in the comments. When the Flames drafted Matthew Tkachuk in 2016, there were high hopes of what

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Calgary Fire Department stops attic fire in Acadia

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2021-06-11

Members of the Calgary Fire Department were able to quickly douse flames coming from the attic of a bungalow in Acadia on Thursday afternoon. Read More

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Flames add Kirk Muller, Cail MacLean to coaching staff

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2021-06-10

The Calgary Flames have added Kirk Muller and Cail MacLean to their coaching staff, the team announced Thursday. The #Flames have named Kirk Muller as associate coach and Cail MacLean as assistant coach. https://t.co/MPTOBxSInP — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 10, 2021 Muller, who was fired along with head coach Claude Julien by the Montreal Canadiens in February, will se

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Flames Change Up Their Assistant Coaches

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-10

Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesA hiring, a promotion, and a few changes The Calgary Flames have made some adjustments to their coaching staff heading into next season. First, they have hired Kirk Muller as an assistant coach. Muller was fired by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this season along with Claude Julien after spending four and a half seasons with the team. He also has previous experience as a head coach with Carolina from 2011-12 to 2013-14. Next, they have promoted Cail MacLean to an assistant coach role. He was the head coach of Stockton for the past three seasons and follows in the same pro

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2021 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Preview: Kent Johnson

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-10

South Bend Tribune-USA TODAY NETWORKWill the talented Michigan freshman be available when the Flames are on the clock? 2021 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Preview Kent Johnson (C/F) Age: 18 Height: 6’1 Weight: 163 lbs Hometown: Port Moody, BC Current Team: University Of Michigan (NCAA) As we start looking at the list of prospects that COULD potentially be around when the Flames pick at #12 we are going to take a glimpse at Kent Johnson. Johnson is a freshman at the University of Michigan who had a solid first season with the Wolverines. In his first season with Michigan, Johnson played in 26 games, scored 9 goals and handed out 18 assists. He also

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Mavericks: Horses Out To Pasture

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-09

KC Will Miss Kelly Cup Playoffs Not long ago, the Flames’ ECHL affiliate Kansas City Mavericks were trying to track down a playoff spot! The team managed to tread water, going .500 through their most condensed and road-heavy part of the season schedule, and were sitting two points out. The team had been unable to make up any ground since, having lost 11 of their last 17 games. That awful month caused their gap to widen from two points out to a whopping fifteen points back of the final Western Conference Playoffs spot. Elimination from the race was all but official, and although the team round out its final two weeks going 5-2 it wasn’t enough to change their fortunes for the postseason.

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Dustin Wolf Named WHL's Goaltender Of The Year

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2021-06-09

Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the BreezeThat's back to back seasons as the WHL's best netminder for Wolf. Ho hum. Just another post season award for the Flames most exciting goaltending prospect in who knows how long. Dustin Wolf was named WHL Goaltender Of The Year today after another outstanding season with the Everett Silvertips. Wolf compiled a record of 18-3-0, a GAA of 1.80 and a Save% of .940. Incase you forgot, Wolf won this award last season as well. Not enough? He was also named the U.S. Division Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year to boot. Not bad at all. This season Wolf got to accomplish another career milestone as he made his AHL debut with the Stockton Heat, going 2-1-0 in limited action.

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Jets’ Mark Scheifele: NHL’s department of player safety ‘shut me down’

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2021-06-09

For the second straight post-season, Mark Scheifele watched the Winnipeg Jets‘ Stanley Cup hopes come to an end from the sidelines. “It’s not fun. It’s definitely not a great feeling. You feel pretty helpless when your team’s out there battling and you’re watching from the stands,” he told reporters during Wednesday’s media availability after the Jets were swept by the Montreal Canadiens. “But the way you handle setbacks is what defines us. So, that’s the mentality I’m taking.” While last year it was an injury that forced Scheifele out of the Jets’ qualifying-round series against the Calgary Flames in Game 1, this year it was his own actions that took him

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