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POSTED ON Friday, 03.01.2014 / 8:04 PM
By Jason Johnson - CalgaryFlames.com (@jay__jo) / calgaryflames.com Blog

Team USA general manager David Poile joined Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon on Friday to talk about remarks made by Brian Burke regarding Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan and the role the media played.

Poile defended Burke's comments stating that the entire story wasn't articulated and only bits and pieces were reported.

"When you take snapshots of the full story, you don't get the full story," Poile told Hockey Central at Noon. "Brian Burke drafted Bobby Ryan. When I asked the group to submit their Olympic rosters, Bobby Ryan was on his (Burke's) team. "

Poile also said that nothing that could be potentially damaging was to be reported.

"There's a lot of things said about a lot of players, both good and bad," Poile said. "Nothing was supposed to happen that could be damaging to USA Hockey or the players."

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.01.2014 / 7:56 PM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog

Calgary Flames 2013 first round pick Morgan Klimchuk will return to the lineup on Friday night in the Regina Pats' battle with the Saskatoon Blades.

Klimchuk, who signed a three-year entry level deal with the Flames last month, has missed 14 games with a lower body injury he sustained in the 2013 Subway Super Series.

Through 26 games played this season, the Calgary, AB product has 12 goals and 29 points.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.01.2014 / 11:26 AM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog

Since joining the Alaska Aces after being acquired in the Ladislav Smid trade, netminder Olivier Roy has been absolutely tremendous.

The 22-year-old has played 14 games in Aces silks, going 8-6-0 with three shutouts to his name. He has a 2.07 GAA and a .925 save percentage through those 14 games. He was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week for his play Dec. 2 through Dec. 8; he went 2-1-0 in three games at Utah that week with back-to-back shutouts, a 0.65 GAA and .976 save percentage.

Check out one of Roy's incredible saves this season - highway Roy-Bery on Utah!

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 31.12.2013 / 11:09 AM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog



Calgary Flames prospect Joni Ortio will close out 2013 with a 15-2-0 record - the best record in terms of wins in the AHL.

Drew MacIntyre, who plays for the Toronto Marlies, has also has 15 wins to his name but slides into second overall with a 15-8-1 record.

Ortio, who was the Flames sixth round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, has been the backbone of a young Heat squad this season and the coaching staff has placed a lot of responsibility on the Finn's shoulders due to his consistency in the cage.

"The biggest thing I've been impressed with has obviously been his consistency and his calmness in the net," goaltending coach Jordan Sigalet said earlier this month.

"It kind of reminds you a little of Danny Taylor with how calm he is in there. The biggest things we've been trying to work on has been his rebound control. Just getting better with his stick and not relying on his pads as much."

Ortio also ranks high amongst AHL netminders in goals-against-average (2.21) and save percentage (.926). He has made 473 saves on 511 shots.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.12.2013 / 12:02 PM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog

Calgary Flames prospects Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski and John Gilmour came up strong for Providence College on Saturday, helping push them to a 3-2 victory over Brown in the 28th annual Mayor's Cup game.

Gillies made 32 saves in the win and boosted his record to 10-1-2 this season. His .846 win percentage leads all netminders in Hockey East.

Gilmour notched an assist against Brown and now has a helper in his last four games. He leads all Providence defencemen in scoring with 10 points on the year.

Jankowski, who put four shots on net in the game, also recorded an assist.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 28.11.2013 / 7:59 PM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog

The Calgary Flames aren't the only team dealing with a plethora of injuries this season.

The Abbotsford Heat have been forced to make a few recalls this year as well as their blueline has been hit with the injury bug; Patrick Sieloff, Mark Cundari, Tyler Wotherspoon and Brady Lamb are all out with maladies.

"Cundari's update is that he is starting to do better," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said on Thursday. "It's [a] back problem - spasms. His is upper back as compared to Galiardi, which is lower back. He's coming along. I don't know if he would be ready for the weekend or not but he's progressing nicely.

"Brady Lamb suffered a cut and the doctors feel he is in a situation where he can try to skate ... he might be available for the weekend. Wotherspoon with the concussion-like symptoms, he will be reevaluated by the neuro-pysch person tommorrow and he may be available for Saturday."

Sieloff is back in his home state of Michigan, dealing with an infection. His projected timeline to return to action is early in 2014.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 24.11.2013 / 11:26 AM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog

The Providence College Friars have reached the 10-win mark in 13 games played, their fastest to 10 wins since opening the 1989-90 season, and three Calgary Flames prospects have played a big role in their success this year.

Jon Gillies, who was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Year last season, has been absolutely dominant in the 2013-14 campaign. The Flames third round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft has a 9-1-1 record with a 1.70 GAA and .946 save percentage. Earlier this month, he set a new Friars record, becoming the all-time shutouts leader with 8 in 45 games played at Providence College.

In 47 career starts, Gillies has let in two or fewer goals 33 times.

Mark Jankowski, the Flames first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has recorded eight points (seven goals, one assist) in 13 games this year. He is currently fourth in team scoring, just a single point behind Shane Luke and Steven McParland, who are second and third respectively.

Sophomore John Gilmour leads Providence defencemen in scoring through 13 games with two goals and eight points. The Flames selected the Montreal, QC native in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

As of Saturday, Nov. 23, the Friars were first in Hockey East with 12 points on the year.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 24.11.2013 / 11:00 AM
By Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson) / calgaryflames.com Blog


Photo Credit: Clint Trahan

For many European players, making the leap to North America isn't an easy transition.

The pace, the physicality of the game, the ice size, language barriers, cultural differences ... all of these things impact players coming over from Europe. It takes time, hard work and dedication to work though the growing pains.

Markus Granlund appears to be ahead of the curve when it comes to adjusting to the North American game.

The Flames second round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft is just 18 games into his first professional season on North American soil and he is already an impact player for the Abbotsford Heat.

He has points in 10 of Abbotsford's first 12 games in November, scoring 7 goals and 11 points in that span. Two of his tallies have come with the man advantage. He has wired 33 shots on net in November and set a single game high on Nov. 9 when he was credited with 6 shots.

Granlund also hasn't shied away from playing in the hard spots or jostling with other players along the boards or in front of the net. He has, seemingly, embraced the physicality. What makes this more impressive is that he doesn't pick up a lot of penalties. He was whistled down for just one minor infraction this month.

"I need to find him more ice to be quite honest with you," Troy G. Ward told CalgaryFlames.com's Heat correspondent Mike Cadarette. "I've got to find him more ice. He's a really good player. He has a great feel for the game offensively. He's learning the game defensively after coming over from Europe. He's learning to play on a smaller rink. There's not as much time and space out there, but he has a great great feel for the game. He has a feel for his teammates. He's more competitive than people realize.

"So I'm the one that's the issue there. I think he's playing well. I think he can play better, but that's on me. I've got to put him with the right people and I've got to find him more ice time. But I'm really proud of him."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.11.2013 / 4:49 PM
By Aaron Vickers - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers) / calgaryflames.com Blog
CALGARY, AB -- Heading into an off-day on the eve of the Grey Cup left just one question in the Calgary Flames’ dressing room.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders or the Hamilton Tiger-Cats?

Unbiased Hamilton, ON product Brian McGrattan had the answer.

“Hamilton, for sure,” he said. “It’d be great to see them win.”

McGrattan's Prediction?

“I said 34-20 yesterday.”

That’s a result Joe Colborne could live with. The Calgary native isn’t overly fond of his provincial neighbours.

“I refuse to cheer for the Riders,” he said. “I’m cheering for the East.

“When I went out to Notre Dame (to play midget), I was one of two or three Stampeders fans. It was painful. Every day someone was wearing Riders gear. I can’t cheer for them. I can’t do it.

“I would cheer for the (Edmonton) Eskimos before the Riders and that’s saying something because I hate Edmonton. Riders fans are so obnoxious. It’s hard to deal with. I think they thrive on that.”

That attitude might land the 23-year-old in hot water with coach Bob Hartley, though.

After the Ticats roughed up his Montreal Alouettes in the East final, Hartley is throwing his support behind the West’s Riders.

“Riders, Riders, I love the Riders,” Hartley said. “My Alouettes didn’t make it on the East side, so I’ll rally to the Western boys.”
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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.11.2013 / 4:14 PM
By Aaron Vickers - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers) / calgaryflames.com Blog

CALGARY, AB -- Sven Baertschi let it be known that Reto Berra is the 'King of Shootouts in Switzerland'.

Sean Monahan might challenge the throne in Calgary.

Though Berra has stopped 10 of 14 opposing shooters in two shootout victories this week, Monahan went 2-for-2 on opposing goalies in the same span - nabbing the extra point with both shootout winners for the Flames in each contest.

What would happen if the irresistible force meets an immovable object? Could the shooter beat the stopper?

Monahan wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know, Berra’s a good goalie,” he said. “He’s big and he’s quick. It’d be tough. You’ve got to read goalies and I think it’s tough to figure him out in that instance. I don’t know what would happen.”

The 6-foot-4 keeper felt he knew the answer.

“I have to say I’d probably stop him,” he said. “I think I would beat him.”

Baertschi was quick to weigh in, throwing support behind his countryman.

“You really put me on the spot here,” Baertschi said. “It’s tough to say. I’d probably go with Berra.

“I mean, Monny had two goals with the same move. I don’t know if he can pull any other moves out. That’s the thing. I don’t know if he can stickhandle and pull a nice move on Berra. Right now, Berra would probably be ready for that shot.”

Coach Bob Hartley was a little more scientific, and diplomatic, in his approach to answering the question.

“Usually, percentages the goalies always have the edge because you miss the net, hit the post, it still counts as a no-goal,” he said. “The pressure’s always on the shooter. On a one-shot (scenario), it could go either way."

The notion piqued Hartley’s curiousity though, promising a showdown to determine shootout supremacy.

“We’ll do it at practice on Monday.”

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