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Raitis Ivanans and Tim Jackman. When Sutter made these signings I couldn’t help but scratch my head. Jackman is 6’4” and 210lbs. Ivanans is 6’4” and 240-256 lbs, depending on which website you look at. Jackman had 98 PIM, 4 goals, and 5 assists last year in 54 games, while Ivanans had 136 PIM, 0 goals, and 0 assists in 61 games last season. Both were signed to one-way contracts; Ivanans received $600,000 and Jackman is making $550,000. Ivanans has played in every single league imaginable on his way into the NHL; The MetJHL, UHL, CHL, ECHL, AHL, UHL, ECHL x2, UHL again, AHL again, back to the UHL, and then finally landing in Los Angeles with the Kings. His p...

Rocket Robyn Regehr

Let’s do some role-play. Robyn Regehr plays Maverick , Jordan Leopold is Goose, and Dion Phaneuf is the Iceman. Maverick and Goose were a great pair, as documented, but once Goose was blown up (traded) Maverick has never been able to find that perfect wingman. “You can be my wingman anytime.” Iceman finally accepts Maverick, and vice-versa, at the end of Top gun. The only difference was at the end of the Flames version of Top Gun the Iceman never utters that homo-erotic line to Maverick; and trust me Maverick would never reciprocate. Regehr and Phaneuf hated each other off the ice, and so it made it even worse when Coach Sutter decided to pair to two together to start t...

A Steady Growth of Moss

When talking about players who were drafted in the 7th Round of an NHL draft, not many players really stick out at you. Sure, there are the Henrik Zetterberg’s(7th Round in 1999) or Pavel Datsyuk’s(6th Round in 1998) of the world, but for the most part the best a late-rounder will be is a third line grinder or bottom tier defenceman. Enter David Moss, drafted #220 overall in the 7th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The 6 foot, 200 pound right wing caught on with the Flames in 2006 scoring 10 goals in 41 games after being called up midway through the season. He broke out right away scoring the game-winner in his first game and potting goals in his first three games as a pro. Fol...

The Bouw-Meister!

Last year, the Calgary Flames traded for Jay Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights two days before the free agency period had opened and subsequently signed him to a 5-year deal with a cap hit of $6.68 million dollars per season. Jay Bouwmeester WAS the biggest off-season acquisition of last summer. A big ticket, free-wheeling defenceman who could quarterback a power play and move the puck up ice were his key attributes. He proceeded to flounder for most of the season and drastically fell short of most expectations. He had all of 29 points last year; a far cry from the four straight seasons of 35+. He did stay consistent with his assists total in having 26 helpers, but it was his goa...

Captain Jarome

With the season just around the corner, I thought I would run down the roster on the Flames one player at a time and prognosticate, if I may, about what lies ahead for each individual player. I would like to start this 22 part series by looking at the one, the only, Jarome Iginla. The Captain. The team’s life blood. The franchise. These are some of the words used to describe what Jarome Iginla means to the Calgary Flames. Coming off of a self-proclaimed ‘bad year’ though, many people in the city of Calgary have started to second guess if it would serve the Flames best interests to ship Iginla out of town when his value is still relatively high. Trading him before he gets too ...

Talk to Me About Depth Sutter

People who know me or read my blog, understand that I do not care much for Darryl Sutter and the way he has chosen to run this franchise. Well, Sutter’s comments on Thursday at the Flames Charity Golf tournament struck a chord with me, as they tend to do. Before I rant though, let’s start with a good quote from the farmer himself: "This is going to be the best training camp since I've been here; somebody isn't going to be happy." He was of course referring to the abundance of players the Flames have signed under one way deals and the negative balance the Flames currently hold in reference to the Salary cap. This was a good statement, albeit a little contrived, but still it...

The Flames Speak

It’s the start of September 2010 and summer is over. Well, in Calgary, it never really began weather-wise, but that's neither here nor there. For the Flames, it was time to give their “Hot House” members (people who are on the waiting list for Flames season tickets) an update on the team. The Flames invited all of their HH members to a lunch with Ken King - the Flames President. He answered questions on the team for about an hour, as well as the potential for a new ‘Dome, the new TV contract, and the waiting list for season tickets amongst other things. My friend/fellow blogger and I had the opportunity to grill him about the issues we cared about - Olli Jokinen and Ales ...

Flames Add Depth in 'Office' Positions

With the addition yesterday of Michel Goulet as their Western Professional Scout, the Calgary Flames have slowly surrounded Darryl Sutter with some much needed help for the upcoming season. Sutter has been on the hot seat with many fans, including myself, since the end of the season due to the Flames disappointing finish in last years regular season. With the addition of Jay Feaster as an Assistant GM and now Goulet as one of their top professional scouts, the Flames have surrounded Sutter with not only good hockey people, but winners, in every sense of the word. “You win, you always do!” Goulet has been with the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise for the better part...

Conroy is back...unfortunately

The Flames signed Craig Conroy to a two-way contract today. He will make the league minimum $500,000 if he plays in the NHL. He is 38 years old and in the twilight of his career. He scored all of THREE goals last season in 63 appearances. Now, I don’t mind that the Flames stay loyal to someone, but stay loyal to him by making him a coach or a consultant or something, maybe a man-leader (that’s a man cheerleader for those confused). The only thing he was good for last year was face-offs and I think that was the reason we traded for Matt Stajan in the first place. Plus, if you need extra help on the dot, your Captain is pretty darn good at winning the puck duels. This just c...