Flames Rumors & News

  • Flames hire Bill Peters as new head coach

    Sportsnet "Bill Peters wasn’t out of work long. The Calgary Flames will announce Peters as their new head coach just three days after the 51-year-old resigned as the Carolina Hurricanes‘ bench boss. A press conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. MT. Peters posted a record of 137-138-53 in four seasons..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Hurricanes gave Flames permission to speak to Peters

    The Score "Bill Peters could be heading home. The Calgary Flames called the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday to ask permission to speak with head coach Bill Peters, which the Canes granted, a source told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Peters, a native of Three Hills, Alberta - located about an hour and 20 minutes..." April 20

  • Flames gas Gulutzan and other coaches

    Calgary Sun "The Calgary Flames made their first off-season move on Tuesday afternoon, firing head coach Glen Gulutzan. General manager Brad Treliving also relieved assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard of their duties. The news comes just over a week after the team’s annual internal exit..." April 17

  • Humboldt Broncos tragedy stirs painful memories for Brian Burke

    Sportsnet "There’s a hockey stick propped outside Brian Burke’s house and a lump in his throat as he tries to digest the emotions of it all. While Canadians from coast to coast continue to pay stirring tribute to the Humboldt Broncos, the enormity of the loss has been particularly hard on the Calgary..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • 'It was a grind': Monahan underwent four surgeries — and still had a career season

    Calgary Sun "Sean Monahan had a career season, scoring 31 goals and 33 assists in 74 National Hockey League games. And just imagine what the 23-year-old Calgary Flames centre would have done if he was healthy — because, as revealed during Monday’s Garbage Bag day/exit meetings, he was the furthest thing..." April 09

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Flames GM filled with disappointment, anger after team’s collapse

    Sportsnet "Emotionally drained following the most shocking face plant of the NHL’s stretch run, Brad Treliving knows he’s facing a summer of significant change. However, the fourth-year Flames GM insists that as he dissects all that went wrong in the final month of the season the reality is, “Things are..." April 04

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Gaudreau rejoins Flames after father’s cardiac event

    Sportsnet "Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau has rejoined the team after taking a two-game leave of absence due to a family matter and will play Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. Gaudreau’s father, Guy, suffered a cardiac event last weekend, prompting Johnny to fly home to New Jersey. Guy is doing..." March 31

  • Flames' Tkachuk, Brodie both 'doubtful' to return this season

    The Score "Somehow, the Calgary Flames' disappointing season continues to get worse, as head coach Glen Gulutzan dealt fans some more bad injury news Wednesday. Forward Matthew Tkachuk and blue-liner T.J. Brodie have both been dealing with upper-body injuries over the past few weeks, and according to..." March 29

  • Flames’ Tkachuk, Brodie ‘not expected’ to return this season

    Sportsnet "Already missing Sean Monahan and Kris Versteeg for the rest of the season, and currently without Johnny Gaudreau as he remains with his family, the Calgary Flames look likely to finish off 2017-18 without a couple more usual stars. Head coach Glen Gulutzan said Wednesday that he doesn’t expect..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Flames' Gaudreau flies home to handle personal matter, won't play against Kings

    Sporting News "Johnny Gaudreau flew home to handle a personal matter Sunday and will not play in the Flames' game against the Kings on Monday. The 24-year-old left winger didn't practice Sunday and the team confirmed that he won't be featured in Calgary's lineup for at least one game while he deals with a..." March 25

  • Flames centre Sean Monahan finished for season, will need surgery

    Calgary Sun "Sean Monahan was playing through one injury. Then, he was playing through two. And now that the Calgary Flames have plummeted out of playoff contention, a team source has confirmed to Postmedia that the first-line centre and leading marksman won’t be in action again until next season. “I..." March 23

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Why the Flames’ once-promising season went off the rails

    Sportsnet "It was four months ago Glen Gulutzan identified the problem that eventually railroaded the Calgary Flames season. "It’s basically the fear of failure," said the team’s second-year coach of his club’s penchant for pulling up lame. "When adversity hits you have to be at your best, you have to..." March 20

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Flames’ Kris Versteeg to return to lineup vs. Sharks

    Sportsnet "Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has confirmed that Kris Versteeg will make his return to the Calgary Flames lineup Friday against the San Jose Sharks. The 31-year-old was recently activated off of injured reserve on Wednesday and has been out since Nov. 24 with a hip injury. In 22 games..." March 16

  • Flames’ Travis Hamonic reflects on critics, expectations in Calgary

    Sportsnet "If scars and scabs were stats, Travis Hamonic would be amongst league leaders in leakage. On this day, the rugged Calgary Flames defenceman is sporting freshly dried blood and a version of road rash on the right side of his chin thanks to a Mike Cammalleri elbow. On his forehead is a large,..." March 16

  • Flames hopeful goalie Mike Smith could return Sunday vs. Islanders

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames could get a major boost to their lineup Sunday when they host the New York Islanders. The team is hopeful goalie Mike Smith will be able to start his first game since Feb. 11, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in..." March 11

  • Flames activate goaltender Mike Smith, assign Jon Gillies to AHL

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have activated goaltender Mike Smith from injured reserve and assigned call-up Jon Gillies to the AHL’s Stockton Heat. The Flames host the New York Islanders on Sunday and Smith is expected to start. Smith sustained a groin injury in the final seconds of a road win over..." March 11

  • How the Flames found Johnny Gaudreau: ‘Reminded me of Gretzky’

    Sportsnet "If not for a rebound in the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and its American counterpart, there’s a fair chance all-star winger Johnny Gaudreau wouldn’t be wearing a Calgary Flames sweater today. Since joining the organization in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, Gaudreau has..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Senators flip Shore to Flames

    TSN "Just days after being acquired in the Dion Phaneuf/Marian Gaborik trade, forward Nick Shore has been flipped by the Ottawa Senators to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round pick. In 55 games split between the Los Angeles Kings and the Ottawa Senators, the Denver, Colorado..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Flames promote Canadian Olympian Goloubef to two-way contract

    Sporting News "After winning a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics, Canadian defenseman Cody Goloubef will return home to a promotion. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced Saturday that the team will sign Goloubef to a two-way contract, paving the way for a potential return to the..." February 25

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Flames insist inviting players’ moms to Vegas just a coincidence

    Sportsnet "It’s the type of move that should put Brad Treliving in the conversation for GM of the year. No, not the Mike Smith acquisition or the Mikael Backlund signing. This move involved coming up with the perfect solution for a problem every team in the league started worrying about once Vegas was..." February 20

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Flames sign Mikael Backlund to six-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. The deal is worth $32.1 million, which means an annual cap hit of $5.35 million. Backlund is currently in the final year of a three-year, $10.725-million contract he signed in 2015..." February 16

  • Flames' Mike Smith listed as day to day with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames received some good news about goaltender Mike Smith on Tuesday. Per head coach Glen Gulutzan, Smith’s injury is not as serious as many initially thought. The news confirms an earlier report from Sportsnet’s Eric Francis." February 13

  • Islanders finally say a proper goodbye to Travis Hamonic

    New York Post "Signs welcomed him back and No. 3 Islanders jerseys were pressed up against the glass during pregame warm-ups Sunday night at Barclays Center. Travis Hamonic never got a real goodbye when he was traded to Calgary in June, but the crowd was on hand to say hello again. The club’s former..." February 12

  • Hamonic unsure what to expect in return to New York

    Sportsnet "Almost three years later, Travis Hamonic still isn’t comfortable revealing exactly what prompted him to ask for a trade. It was the fall of 2015 when a personal family matter prompted him to sit down for a heart-to-heart with New York Islanders GM Garth Snow that would eventually thrust the..." February 10

  • Flames GM: Trade rumour about replacing Ferland on top line ‘isn’t correct’

    Sportsnet "Unlike the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames are set to be buyers at the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline. Just don’t expect general manager Brad Treliving to make an official announcement about it on social media. “We’re probably going to stay away from the press releases,” he said on Hockey..." February 09

  • Burke: Flames won't deal draft picks for deadline rental

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames could use a winger who can provide offence, but that need may have to be addressed internally, acknowledges Brian Burke. The team president joined Prime Time Sports Wednesday evening on Sportsnet 590 and discussed the upcoming Feb. 26 trade deadline, saying he speaks daily..." February 07

  • Flames proving sometimes numbers and trends do lie

    Sportsnet "In the sporting world we live in today, analytics have given us so many numbers to delve into. In fact, for those so inclined, I wonder sometimes if the end game is to project absolutely everything before it occurs, or at least attempt to. Numbers do matter in sports. They always have and..." February 04

  • There will never be another Jaromir Jagr

    Yardbarker "Reality has settled in: Jaromir Jagr isn't going on an NHL farewell tour. After a failed run with the Calgary Flames that ended with him on waivers, everybody's favorite mullet-sporting veteran has returned to his native Czech Republic. It has everyone wondering if Grandfather Time finally caught..." February 01

  • Calgary Flames Officially Assign Jaromir Jagr To HC Kladno

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s official. Jaromir Jagr is no longer in the National Hockey League. The 45-year old legend has been assigned to Kladno of the Czech league after clearing waivers earlier today. Though he remains technically part of the Calgary Flames organization, it seems unlikely that he will make a return..." January 30

  • Jaromir Jagr's NHL career shouldn't have to end like this

    USA Today "Jaromir Jagr entered the NHL in 1990 as a colorful player with an overflowing amount of charisma and talent. He likely leaves the NHL in 2018 with the same devilish charm plus 1,921 points. The failed stint with the Calgary Flames doesn’t alter his stature as one of the NHL’s all-time greats...." January 29

  • Jarmoir Jagr clears waivers, likely heading to Europe

    TSN "Jarmoir Jagr's storied NHL career appears to be at an end. The Calgary Flames winger cleared waivers on Monday, and the 45-year-old Czech legend is now expected to finish out the season in Europe. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports the expectation is Jagr's contract will be assigned to..." January 29

  • Gaudreau wins puck control relay at Skills Competition

    NHL.com "Thank goodness for Amanda Kessel, and for good timing. Fuzzy on the rules, strategy and approach to the Gatorade NHL Puck Control Relay, an event that contained new components from years past, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau barely caught the demonstration of the event by Kessel, a..." January 28

  • Bettman: No basis for a Calgary arena deal anytime soon

    Sportsnet "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is holding strong on his opinion that the city of Calgary should contribute more to any future Flames’ arena development, despite the city’s strong opposition to that idea. “From talking to ownership in Calgary on a regular basis, they’re not on the same wavelength..." January 28