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Flames Make Biggest Splash on Trade Deadline Day

Posted 04 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Jokinen, Leopold, Lombardi, Prust, trade

In past years, the Calgary Flames have been relatively quiet on Trade Deadline Day. This year was a different story as the Calgary Flames were front and centre in the media on the last day of trades for the 2008-2009 season. They made trades with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche to improve their team for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Phoenix Coyotes v. Los Angeles Kings
While saying goodbye to 2 proven players – Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust – the Calgary Flames welcome back former Flames defenceman Jordan Leopold and add some offensive punch with big center Olli Jokinen.
Flames Celebrate another Goal in St. Louis
The Flames gave up Lombardi and Prust plus a 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft, and a 1st round draft pick in either 2009 or 2010. The Flames replaced these draft picks with a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft as a part of the Jokinen deal.

In response to the question of the loss of draft picks in the 2009 entry draft, Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter said that he looked deep into the Flames farm system to see if this would be a problem. There are currently 9 or 10 players that can be called up to the NHL at any time if necessary, so the impact of no first round pick next year will be minimal.

As soon as the news of the trade was announced in the media, the immediate response was, “How will the Flames fit this into the Salary Cap?”.

In response to this quesion, Sutter replied that the Flames went into today with about $1.5 million in cap space available. With injuries to several key players (Langkow, Bertuzzi, and Giordano), the Flames found themselves with more space to play with. This allowed them to make the move for Jokinen at a time when they could get him for a price they were willing (and able) to pay.

It is no secret that the Flames were looking to trade for Jokinen last summer before he was traded from Florida to Phoenix in June. The Flames have needed another big center for several years to complement their first and 2nd lines. Daymond Langkow has filled that role well, but some of the pressure will be off him with Jokinen in the lineup.

In Leopold, the Flames have found a suitable replacement for Mark Giordano who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Leopold was a big part of the Flames 2004 Stanley Cup Finals run and will surely help the team down the stretch this season. He he moves the puck incredibly well and is capable of playing with just about anyone.

Jokinen should flourish in the Flames organization as he will not have the pressure of being the “big leader” that he was in Florida and Pheonix. He will get a chance to come into a team that already has solid leadership in Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, and he should be able to prove himself on the ice.

Flames Sweep Preds with 3-1 Win

Posted 30 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category Lombardi, Nashville Predators, Roy, Win, home

Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to earn his league-leading 30th win of the season, and Matthew Lombardi, Andre Roy and Adrian Aucoin scored goals as the Calgary Flames won 3-1 to sweep their season series with the Nashville Predators tonight.

Predators Flames Hockey
Andre Roy’s game winning goal at 12:25 of the 2nd period was the 35th of his career and his 5th game winner. He was the lucky recipient of a nice pass from Eric Nystrom who broke in on net after Nashville coughed up the puck near centre ice. Nystrom dipsy-doodled around the Nashville defender and made a nice pass to Roy on the other side of the Nashville net. Roy made no mistake in roofing the puck over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

Nashville’s J.P. Dumont also scored his 10th goal of the season in the game. but the Predators could not beat Kiprusoff more than once.

The Flames goaltender played a rock-solid game, and was at his best during the 3rd period when the Predators were trying to tie the game. Kiprusoff had several great saves during the period, but none better than the stop he made on Ryan Jones, who had a wide open net while on the power play. Kipper flung himself across the net and made a stretching save with the paddle of his stick to keep the Flames up 2-1. He was rewarded by chants from the crowd, and evenually a 3-1 lead when Aucoin scored on a 5-on-3 powerplay.

With the win, Calgary moves to 30-14-4, which gives them 64 points and an 11-point lead atop the NW division. The Flames also find themselves 5 points back of Detroit for 2nd place in the Western Conference. The Flames completed January with an 8-3 record and now look towards February with 5 of 13 games against NW division opponents.

Flames Win Home-And-Home Battle With Canucks

Posted 30 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Iginla, Lombardi, Moss, Vancouver Canucks, Win, home

The Calgary Flames cut the Vancouver Canucks Lead atop the Northwest Division to just one point with their 2nd win during a home-and-home series with their rival.

After almost 2 scorless periods, Daymond Langkow opened the scoring with a powerplay deflection off a Dion Phaneuf shot from the point. It was an important goal because it shook-up Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, who was in his first game in the NHL.

Calgary increased their lead to 2-0 when David Moss broke in and fired a wrist shot past Schneider 6:11 into the 3rd period. It was Moss’ 2nd goal in 3 games and turned out to be the game winner.

Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff had his shutout bid ended when Canucks forward Kyle Wellwood scored 5 minutes later to make the score 2-1.

But the Flames continued to use their “new system” of trapping and forechecking to keep the Canucks on their heels and were rewarded with another nice goal. Jarome Iginla and Matthew Lombardi broke in on a 2-on-1 and when Schneider cheated towards an Iginla-shot, the Flames Captain fired a pass across to the speedy Lombardi who one-timed it into the back of the Canucks net.

Calgary now sits one point back of the Canucks for the lead in the Northwest Division and is tied with the Minnesota Wild.

Flames Earn Win #2, Beat Washington

Posted 21 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Iginla, Lombardi, Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Win, home

Capitals Flames Hockey
Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames held Russian sniper Alexander Ovechkin to one assist on the way to defeating the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1 tonight. The win is their 2nd of the season. Jarome Iginla scored his 2nd goal of the season, and Matthew Lombardi netted his first goal to win the game for the Flames.

The win is a big one for Kiprosoff and the Flames who have been struggling since the start of the season. Kipprusoff allowed only one goal, and the Flames showed up on defence tonight to help him keep the puck out of the net.

The Flames played solid defense against an offensively talented Capitals Lineup that includes Ovechkin and fellow Russian Alexander Semin, who is 2nd in the NHL in scoring (6) and points (10) so far. Semin has had an explosive start to the season and has made up for Ovechkin’s lack of scoring thus far. Ovechkin has only 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.

The best way to sum up the game tonight was penalty-ridden, with many missed opportunities. The Flames successfully killed off a 9-min Washington powerplay after Rene Bourque retaliated to a big hit on Daymond Lankgow. This was followed by 8-straight Washington penalties throughout the first and 2nd period. Jarome Iginla connected with the back of the net on one of these powerplays early in the second, but the Flames spent more powerplay time trying to get away from the pesky Capitals than they did controlling the play as they have been.

Matthew Lombardi’s goal at 2:42 of the 2nd period gave the Flames a chance to hold onto the lead through 2 periods. They didn’t dissappoint their fans tonight and pulled off a victory for the home crowd.

The Flames now head out on the road for games in Nashville on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday before returning to the Saddledome to face the Colorado Avalanche one week from tonight.