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GIF: Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scores in first NHL game

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By Darian Somers

It appears that the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner has picked up right where he left off in college.

Johnny Gaudreau, the newest member of the Calgary Flames, scored in his first NHL game, deflecting a shot from the point by Christopher Breen.

At Boston College, Gaudreau was college hockey’s most prolific scorer this season, finishing with 80 points in 40 games. Fellow Eagle Kevin Hayes ranked second, with 65. Gaudreau tallied 36 of his 78 career goals for BC this season. On Sunday, his former BC linemate Bill Arnold also made his debut. The two signed NHL contracts with Calgary after the Eagles were bounced out of the Frozen Four by eventual champion, Union.


  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau signs with Calgary Flames

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    Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College signed with the Calgary Flames

    The Flames weren’t about to let highly touted forward Johnny Gaudreau get away. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A Calgary radio station reported, and Boston College has confirmed, that Eagles stars Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold will turn pro and make their NHL debuts with the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

    Both players became eligible to sign with the NHL team after BC was eliminated from the Frozen Four by Union College on Thursday night. Gaudreau’s three-year entry leave deal has a reported annual average value of $1.85 million; Arnold was given two years at $900k per.

    Arnold, a fourth-round selection of the Flames in 2010, was expected to turn pro as a graduating senior, but the addition of Gaudreau will surely catch the attention of Calgary’s fans. The 20-year-old forward led the nation with 36 goals and 80 points as a junior and has won the Hobey Baker Award as the country’s top player.

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Sylvan Lake, Alberta becomes ninth town to win title of Kraft Hockeyville

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    Kraft Hockeyville was developed by CBC Sports and has been an annual event since 2006. (Courtesy: Kraft/CBC.ca)

    By Amy Lilek

    Sylvan Lake, Alberta has been named Kraft Hockeyville 2014. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the winner during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on Saturday.

    With a population of a little more than 15,000, the small Western Canadian town beat out 531 other communities, a record number, to win the annual competition.

    After almost 16 million votes were cast throughout the competition, Sylvan Lake beat Kingston, Nova Scotia, by just over 100,000.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Calgary Flames make good after mascot screw-up

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    By Allan Muir

    When you’re a little kid, a chance to meet major-league mascot is kind of a big deal. So when Harvey the Hound, the Flames’ legendary slack-tongued ambassador of goodwill, failed to show as scheduled at a mite game in Black Diamond, Alberta, many tears were shed.

    Crying tots aren’t exactly the sort of PR that Calgary is looking for when the team books Harvey for events, so the Flames realized they had to do something special to make things right for the young players.

    Their plan started with an appearance by Harvey at the rink in Black Diamond the following week, but then they took it up a notch. Or two.

    Take a look at this video and imagine being one of these kids.

    Well done, fellas.


  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Rich Peverley, Stars medical staff greeted with standing ovation at AAC

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    By Mike McMahon 

    On Friday night, just days after suffering a cardiac event and collapsing on the bench, Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley returned to the American Airlines Center and was given a hero’s welcome — as were his doctors.
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  • Published On Mar 14, 2014
  • Canucks coach John Tortorella held back from Flames’ locker room after brawl

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    By Michael Blinn

    Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella had to be restrained from going into the Calgary Flames’ locker room after a heated first period on Saturday.

    A full-scaled donnybrook ensued after Flames coach Bob Hartley submitted his starting lineup of Kevin Westgarth, Chris Butler and Brian McGrattan, a trio not necessarily known for its goal-scoring prowess. Tortorella responded by sending out Dale Weise, Tom Sestito and Kellan Lain, a threesome with a similar pugilistic skill set.

    As soon as the puck dropped to open the game, a line brawl broke out with all 10 skaters joining in the fracas, which resulted in eight ejections and 152 penalty minutes. Tortorella was leaning over his bench toward the visiting Flames, screaming at Hartley, who did not respond.

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  • Published On Jan 19, 2014
  • Brian Burke’s kids tweak him via Twitter for shabby press conference appearance

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    By Allan Muir

    You know Brian Burke had a hard morning. He had to fire Jay Feaster, a man he described as a good friend, and another man, John Wiesbrod, that he said he hardly knew. No doubt there were meetings held on the fly, conference calls and all sorts of distractions. And honestly, he probably didn’t get a lot of sleep last night knowing that this whole thing was going down today.

    MUIR: Timing of Feaster’s firing is curious

    He had a lot on his mind. Enough that he probably didn’t give much thought to his personal presentation before he stepped up to the podium to address the media at the Saddledome.

    In other words, he had good reason for it … but the guy was a mess.

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • Calgary Flames fire GM Jay Feaster; does Brian Burke want Mike Futa?

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    Jay Feaster’s record in Calgary was underwhelming, but this season the Flames have overachieved. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Nobody should have been surprised this morning to learn that the Flames dismissed general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod.

    Feaster’s record could be kindly be described as “checkered.” There was the botched Jarome Iginla trade. The near-disaster of the Ryan O’Reilly free agent offer sheet. Questionable management of diminishing assets like Miikka Kiprusoff. Not to mention Calgary’s general decline under his stewardship. Sacking him, then, was hardly an out-of-left-field decision.

    MUIR: The Feaster Follies

    The timing, though, was a surprise, considering it came just three months after Feaster’s job was said to be safe. But it had to be now, said the man who made that promise, Brian Burke, the Flames’ president of hockey operations.

    “We’re not operating in a vacuum,” he said. “There’s another team [the Sabres] in the search. Time could be of the essence [in getting the guy we want].”

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov signs with Edmonton Oilers

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    During his ten years in the NHL, Ilya Bryzgalov has played for the Ducks, Coyotes and Flyers. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    During his ten years in the NHL, Ilya Bryzgalov has played for the Ducks, Coyotes and Flyers. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s official: Ilya Bryzgalov is coming in from — and into — the cold.

    The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with the colorful free agent goaltender on Friday night. Terms weren’t announced, but multiple sources say it is a one-year note worth a pro-rated $3 million. If that’s the case, it’s a low-risk deal that makes sense for a team whose situation between the pipes almost certainly can’t get any worse.

    Edmonton, currently in last place in the NHL’s Western Conference, has allowed a league-high 66 goals this season with Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman between the pipes. Dubnyk will stay on board to challenge Bryzgalov for ice time.

    Bryzgalov went 19-17-3 with a 2.79 GAA and .900 save percentage last season for the Flyers, but the team decided he was an ill-fitting part and bought out of the final seven years of his nine-year, $51 million contract over the summer.

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  • Published On Nov 08, 2013
  • Whiz kids Sean Monahan, Olli Maatta, Morgan Rielly staying in NHL

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    Center Sean Monahan will be staying with the Calgary Flames.

    If Flames center Sean Monahan, 19, sustains his hot start, he could be a Calder Trophy contender. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Sean Monahan made it easy on the Calgary Flames.

    The organization may have kept its expectations in check after drafting the promising two-way center sixth overall last June, but after watching the smooth transition he made to the NHL through his first nine games — highlighted by his team-leading six goals — there was no reason to return him to Ottawa of the OHL.

    And so, with the team’s 10th game coming up tonight in Dallas, the Flames made it official on Wednesday. The 19-year-old will stick in the NHL for now.

    The decision to employ junior-eligible players like Monahan past their ninth game isn’t always this simple. The long-term development of a player is of paramount importance, especially to a rebuilding franchise like the Flames. And just because a player starts hot (Monahan is among the league’s rookie leaders in points, with 10, and goals, 6), it doesn’t mean that the NHL is the ideal environment for him as a person. But Monahan proved himself up to the challenge, emerging as the team’s best forward on more nights than not and demonstrating his potential to handle the challenges that lie ahead. He earned his spot.

    MUIR: Progress reports for notable rebuilding teams

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013


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