CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

Babcock could finally add Jack Adams Award to packed trophy case

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-04-27

Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly was asking the question rhetorically in his praise of Toronto head coach Mike Babcock. "What hasn’t he won?" Rielly said after describing Babcock as "probably one of the best coaches in sports." While it’s true that Babcock has captured almost every imaginable championship as a coach, there is one major accomplishment that has eluded him. He could fill out his trophy case in June after being named a finalist this week for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. Babcock has come close but never ultimately won the award. He was runner-up to Patrick Roy in 2014 and finished third behind Guy Carbonneau and eventual winner, Bruce Boudreau, in 2008. Coaching awards often end up going to the person who most exceeds single-season expectations, which could explain why three of the last four NHL winners no longer have jobs. Bob Hartley and Paul MacLean, formerly leading the Flames and Senators, were b

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Thunder Thursday: Thunder Eliminated From Kelly Cup Playoffs

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2017-04-27

The Adirondack Thunder lose playoff series with Manchester Monarchs. The Adirondack Thunder (Calgary Flames affiliate) were officially eliminated from the Kelly Cup Playoffs in the ECHL on Tuesday night in front of the hometown fans. Last we left off, the Thunder were down 2 games to 1 heading into last Thursday. Last Thursday, the Thunder outshot the Manchester Monarchs 30-16, but could not put up more than a single goal from Cullen Bradshaw, assisted by Kevin Lough and Greg Wolfe. The Monarchs won by a score of 2-1, taking a 3 games to 1 stranglehold of the series. J.P. Anderson allowed 2 goals on 16 shots. Saturday’s game was a gritty battle full of penalties. Fourteen penalties totalling 40 minutes in all! The Thunder

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Flames, Coyotes, Kings, Panthers and Lightning

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2017-04-27

On the Buffalo Sabres … Pierre LeBrun: Heard that the Sabres have interviewed Bill Guerin for their vacant GM position. There have been several others who have interviewed or will be interviewed. On the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning … Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: Calgary

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Flames blue-liner Hamilton credits the captain for his 2016-17 turnaround season

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-04-27

Dougie Hamilton can pick out exactly when his game changed during the 2016-17 National Hockey League campaign.

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Flames blue-liner Hamilton credits the captain for his 2016-17 turnaround season

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-04-27

Dougie Hamilton can pick out exactly when his game changed during the 2016-17 National Hockey League campaign. It was Nov. 15, prior to a game against the Minnesota Wild, when Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan decided to put the blue-liner on a duo with captain Mark Giordano. That date seems like ages ago, especially in the wake of last week’s four-game first-round playoff sweep by the Anaheim Ducks. And Hamilton will be the first to admit the post-season, especially on a personal level, didn’t go as planned. But the pairing – Gio and the Giant – proved that it’s something worth revisiting in 2017-18. “It was definitely a big change from where I started the season. I think I was playing with a bunch of different partners, third-pairings and that kind of thing,” Hamilton said. “I had a bad stretch of games with a lot of minuses. (Gulutzan) put me with Gio and it kind of turned my season around. I tried to make the most of it and tak

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Pro Hockey Debut: Little Matthew Phillips Making a Big Impression in Stockton

Source: The Calgary Flames - From 80 Feet Above
Date: 2017-04-26

Matthew Phillips in AHL playoff action. (Photo by Jack Lima) He got his chance and Matthew Phillips nailed the audition.As a result, the exciting Flames prospect has landed a supporting role in the Stockton Heat’s pursuit of the Calder Cup.

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Your letters for Wednesday, April 26

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-04-26

Is there a business case for replacing arena? Re: Flames OK with Victoria Park arena location, April 25 What is wrong with the Saddledome and why does it need replacing?  Yes, it is 35 years of age but, as of the 2013 flood, everything ground level and below is brand new. Do all city buildings now have a best-before date of 35 years? Would this municipal arena replacement rank higher in priority over the troubled north-south LRT, road widening and overpasses, community arenas and sports fields to name a few items council has had trouble funding.? Is this wishful thinking about an Olympic bid or a response to talk of the team moving? And what would happen to the Saddledome? Is it a gift to the Stampede or is it discarded even when minor sports ask for more ice time.  Mark Soehner, Calgary   Green cart opposition falling on deaf ears

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Francis: Troy Brouwer likely to be left unprotected in expansion draft

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-04-26

Amidst endless questions about the future, Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving was asked if he was bracing for “hurt feelings” this summer. While it might seem an odd concern in a billion dollar industry, it was a pointed question aimed directly at the situation involving Troy Brouwer. After all, Brouwer will almost certainly be one of the odd men out this summer when the Flames to submit their protected list June 17 for the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft. Brouwer likely won’t be one of the seven forwards shielded from the upstart franchise, which is obligated to take one player from every NHL roster. The acquisition of Curtis Lazar at the trade deadline for a second round pick came with a public assurance from GM Brad Treliving that Lazar was a reclamation project he planned to protect. Thus, the list of seven forwards protected will likely include Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik, Micheal Ferland, Sam Benne

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Former Calgary Flame Sasha Lakovic Has Died

Source: Matchsticks and Gasoline
Date: 2017-04-26

The former Flames tough guy passed away today after a battle with brain cancer. Former Calgary Flames enforcer Sasha Lakovic died today. Sasha 'Pit Bull' Lakovic, 45, has died. B.C.-born hockey enforcer diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer last year: https://t.co/EaP1sdrz8W— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 25, 2017 Me and The Pit Bull #RIP my friend!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/AaC0wf8Umv— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury

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Tkachuk's rookie season a learning experience

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-04-25

No one — not even the Calgary Flames management and coaching staff — expected Matthew Tkachuk to have the type of season he did. Storming onto the scene as an 18-year-old, fresh off the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft and a Memorial Cup victory with the London Knights, the rookie made a lasting impression. He also finished the 2016-17 campaigns with 13 goals and 35 assists in 76 games, fifth in team scoring. But something shifted following his encounter with one of the NHL’s top defencemen on March 19 — a high elbow to Drew Doughty’s head which cost him a two-game suspension and started a war-of-words. Tkachuk went the final eight regular season games with zero goals and only two assists. His ice time in the final two games of the season against the Kings was limited to 12:30 (during a 4-1 loss on home ice March 29 and 14:19 at Staples Center on April 6 in a 4-1 Flames victory). The Scottsdale-born, St.Louis-raised left winger was also

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