Gutsy Move By Feaster: Flames Sign C Ryan O’Reilly to Offer Sheet

The Flames must have had a tough time convincing another NHL team to part ways with a competent centerman for their glut of defencemen. Visiting Colorado tonight, Calgary also made a splash in the visiting city by tendering an offer sheet to Ryan O’Reilly which he accepted.

Because O’Reilly is a restricted free agent the Avalanche are awarded compensation based on his RFA class which means Calgary’s 1st and 3rd round picks. But before that, the Avs have 7 days to contemplate whether they will match the offer.

Vancouver apparently tried luring O’Reilly, a highly touted offensive centerman, but the two year deal offered by the Flames, and a chance to play on the to lines, was apparently too good to pass up.

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Pathetic Power Play: Calgary 1 – Minnesota 2 (OT)

Why does Minnesota even have a hockey club? The owners spent huge money to bring big names but they play trap hockey that puts the most hyper child to sleep. So sad for such a hockey city.

Calgary was looking to make it three wins in a row but were foiled. Players know the rules, what players or fans do’nt want is referees deciding games. Have to check the film on Giordano’s penalty, but he was called for freezing the puck with his glove, which from what I saw was a push.

Tonight, refs handed Minnesota two much needed points. The Flames, however, have only themselves to blame. Their powerplay was pathetic. 1 shot on a 5 minute PP, no shots on a 4 minute PP in the third. Terrible. Same old hapless Flames sitting their skilled players in favour of mish mashed lines.

That’s it, no point covering a boring game and an even more painful powerplay.

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Clutch Win: Calgary 5 – Phoenix 4

Well that was unexpected. Two wins in a row, a win back-to-back, and a come from behind win, all that with only one natural center in the line-up (and that’s Matt Stajan).

The Flames need wins to stay in contention for a playoff spot that’s starting to disappear in the distance. There are so many things going against the club, but at least for fans, the hockey is usually more exciting in years past.

Tonight, the fourth line got things going with Tim Jackman chipping in a goal. Any 4th line point production is going to help the club. Roman Cervenka with the assist, he factored back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch yet only played under 3 minutes tonight.

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Flames Lame Again: Phoenix 4 – Calgary 0

After a great performance last night versus Dallas the Flames put in another stinker. Every other game the same thing is observed: Despite a change of the coaching staff the Calgary Flames are not a consistent hockey club.

That means the finger points straight to the players lead by the non-existent captain. Granted, there’s no natural centerman to speak of on this club, but when Matt Stajan is consistently your best player, you know something is wrong.

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Gutsy Win: Calgary 4 – Dallas 3

The last 24 hours has been a bit of whirlwind, all of which hasn’t really left the Flames any better off. First, Leland Irving demoted to the farm club never to return (we hope). Next up, a surprising move to all, Blair Jones off to the minors. The second natural NHL center (the other being the mighty Matt Stajan) gone.

Me thinks there was a plan to have him claimed (perhaps on reentry waivers?) But needless to say the Flames sit at 49 contracts with a bunch of spare parts.

Somehow the team actually cobbled together a lineup for their brief 2 game road swing. The last time Calgary played Dallas it was a blowout of sorts–7-4 for Calgary. This time around you knew Dallas would bring a better game.

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Appalling Hockey. Flames 2 – St Louis 5

The point of games in hand is to win games in hand. The MO for the Calgary Flames is to squander every opportunity. What was supposed to change in the new coaching regime — consistency — appears to be a moot point. It seems, finally, cats out of the bag: there’s not other way to explain inconsistent and pathetic hockey other than the players.

After an offensive explosion in the previous game, the Flames used up all their mojo it would seem. Not going to dissect this one, but here are some keys to the loss:

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Flames Disappoint Yet Again: Calgary 1 – Minnesota 2 (SO)

Not much to say about this game. Really boring. Really bad hockey. Really bad for the game to watch the Wild come to town. I wonder how much money teams lose in lost ticket revenue. Needless to say, the Flames can’t score and are in dire need for leadership. Jarome Iginla caused the first goal and was yet again non-existent on offence. Curtis Glencross can be added to that club.

In goal, Leland Irving. Had a solid game, but was clearly taken to school in the shootout. He looked like a minor leaguer the way he bit on every first fake. Calgary picked up Joey MacDonald on waivers, which is a head scratcher since he’s no better than what’s on our farm club.

All in all, a point in a boring game for a team that just can’t get it going.

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2W: Flames 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)

Whew. How about that? An overtime win.

For a while there you thought the curse in Columbus was going to come back and stick it to the Flames yet again. With numerous reasons to fold the tent even before play began, the Calgary Flames picked up their second win in a row in a brief road swing despite taking the first period to warm up.

Prior to puck drop the lineup took a hit. Fans are well aware that starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is out of action for at least a week, probably two. Also out is Sven Baertschi from an injury in practice last week. Adding to the LW woes was a new body, Mike Cammalleri who sat out with a supposed hip flexor injury.

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Crucial Win on Road Swing: Calgary 4 – Detroit 1

Miikka Kiprusoff Leaves Game with Groin Injury

It’s been a while, perhaps never, when fans saw Miikka Kiprusoff not come out for a game he’s started because of injury. That’s what happened in the third period in the first of three games on the road for the league basement dwellers.

Coming off a heartbreaking loss against Chicago, Calgary knew they had to pick up where they left off and hope their play would translate into a win.

Getting things moving was Steve Begin, not with a goal, but a fight. The next shift Jarome Iginla banged home his 1st of the year. 1-0 Flames.

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Haunting Chances Lead to Yet Another Loss: Calgary 2 – Chicago 3 (SO)

Curtis Glencross and Mikael Backlund will be having nightmares of Ray Emery robbing them from point blank and from the GAPING open nets they flat out missed. Yes, the league leading Blackhawks had NO business winning this game let alone competing. Calgary should’ve won 7-2 but alas, that’s not how things turned out.

No. The drive in this team doesn’t last for 60 minutes. Even with a stellar final frame, pulling ahead with a mere 50 seconds, they couldn’t hold on. Chicago tied it with seconds left in the game and then took it in a shootout when Emery continued to shine.

This game was a pure example of how a winning franchise/hockey club finds ways to win games, vs a loser franchise that’s now the worst team in the NHL and will probably stay there for the entire season.

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