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Buh-Bye Dion Phaneuf

Posted 31 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Hagman, Phaneuf, Sjostrom, Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs, trade

So it’s official. Dion Phaneuf is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames. The rumours that have been circulating for the last week came true today as Dion was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Freddie Sjostrom and Keith Aulie in exchange for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White.

In exchange for the notorious defenceman, the Flames get a couple players that can put the puck in the net. Hagman has 20 goals this season, while Stajan becomes the 2nd highest scoring Flames player with 41 points (1 more than Rene Bourque). More importantly, Stajan can score on the powerplay. He has 7 PP goals so far this season.

The Flames also get rid of 2 important things: salary and poison. It is no secret that Dion was a negative influence on the dressing room, and clearing him out could make a big difference to the team’s attitude. Most Flames fans were expecting to get someone like Kovalchuk for Phaneuf. Instead, the Flames get a short-term boost in their scoring output and the opportunity to clear some cap room to make a bigger move at the trade deadline or over the summer. What I like, personally, is that the Flames just gave themselves the ability to keep Backlund in the lineup for the rest of the season.

Overall, the salary cap difference isn’t that big, but it will be. The Flames moved $7,725,000 in salaries for Phaneuf and Sjostrom. They picked up $6,933,000 in return (a difference of $792,000). The big change comes at the end of this season, when Stajan becomes a UFA. Hagman has 2 more years left on his contract, but Mayers’ and White’s contracts are also up at the end of this season. That essentially frees up about $3M in cap space (once you factor in Phaneuf’s $6.5M out the door) for the end of the year. Mayers and White could also be included in the deal when Sutter makes his next blocbuster trade (you know, the one that brings Kovalchuk to Calgary…)

For those that don’t think the offensive difference will be that different, have a look at the Flames stat sheet now:
Phaneuf Trade

I’d say that Toronto was the overall winner after today’s trades (they also traded Toskala for J.S. Giguerre!), but I don’t think that this Phaneuf deal was a bad one for the Flames. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Flames Win in Toronto for First Time Since 2000

Posted 14 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Iginla, Phaneuf, Regehr, Road, Toronto Maple Leafs, Win

I suppose that Flames fans should be happy that they won tonight, taking their first 2 points away from Toronto since 2000. But after the way they played, I’m not sure we can be so happy. Sure the Flames took 5 of a total 6 points on their 3-game road trip through the eastern conference, but they didn’t finish on a high note.

The Leafs out-hustled the Flames for much of the game, including the entire 2nd period and much of the 3rd period. If it wasn’t for the continued stellar play of Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 38 of 40 shots, the Flames could have easily lost to the 2nd worst team in the league tonight.

I don’t mean to put down the Toronto Maple Leafs – their fans and media have done that enough already – but the Flames should have dominated the Leafs tonight. The final 5-2 score doesn’t do the game justice, and could have easily been the other way. The Flames were lucky to get the win tonight, and should be happy with the 2 points.

The game’s highlights were 2 goals from Jarome Iginla, including the game winner, and a +4 rating for Robyn Regehr who struggled at the beginning of the season with his plus-minus rating. Regehr’s defensive partner, Dion Phaneuf was also +3 tonight, which seems to indicate that the two seem to have found a way to play together.

Eric Nystrom, Dustin Boyd and Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Flames who are now 12-4-2 on the season. Francois Beauchemin and Matt Stajan scored for the Leafs who fall to 3-10-5.

The Flames return home for games against Colorado (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday) next week.

Primeau Traded to Leafs for Stralman and Stuart

Posted 03 Aug 2009 — by admin
Category Off Season, Primeau, Stralman, Stuart, Toronto Maple Leafs, trade

The Calgary Flames have freed up some necessary cap space by trading forward Wayne Primeau to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Anton Stralman and forward Colin Stuart. The Flames will receive Toronto’s 7th round draft pick in 2012 and the Leafs will receive Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2011.

The trade frees up approximately $1M of cap space for the Flames and brings in 2 young promising players while exfoliating an older, more expensive and less useful player that I have grown to ‘unlike’. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t hate Primeau as a Flame like I hated Alex Tanguay… and I certainly don’t hate him like I straight-up hate Anders Eriksson. But I’m glad to see Primeau go.

At $1.4M Primeau certainly didn’t pull his own weight. A total of 4 assists in 24 games doesn’t amount to much offense. Yes, he did do well on Keenan’s “energy line” and did his part to keep the other teams from scoring, but he’s not worth his salary against the cap on a team that has so much dedicated to Iginla, Phaneuf, Bouwmeester and Kipper.

As we saw in the Boyd signing, the other players will have to take a bit of a cut if they want a piece of the action.

Toronto Beats Calgary in Wild East Shoot Up

Posted 14 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Loss, Road, Toronto Maple Leafs

The Calgary Flames ended their 7-game roadtrip on the wrong end of an old-time hockey-style shoot-up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames dropped their 4th game of the road trip 8-6 to the home team in a game that looked more like a shinny game than an NHL game that could affect the Flames standings for the playoffs.
Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but the Flames managed to come back to tie it 3-3 by the end of the first 20 minutes. Neither team played much defense, and the Flames that found themselves down 2 goals before Olli Jokinen narrowed the gap with just under 2 minutes to go in the 2nd period.

Toronto came out gunning again in the 3rd period, scoring three more goals, including an empty netter, to steal the 2 points away from the Flames.

After the game, the unthinkable happened. Flames coach Mike Keenan actually accepted responsibility for the loss, saying that he never should have played Miikka Kiprusoff after the game he played in Detroit. Someone will surely correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not aware of a single time that Keenan has ever accepted responsibility in a situation like this. While he may not come out and say it outright he usually blames the goalie, and a lack of defense when his team gives up so many goals.

Tonight, Keenan said, “He’d like to have a better game I’m sure, but I think it was probably my fault for even playing him tonight because of what he had to go through and the work he had last game (in Detroit). I take full credit for probably starting the wrong goaltender.”

Many of Calgary’s veteran leaders laid blame at their own feet, including Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr.

“It wasn’t that we didn’t have an effort,” Iginla said. “We were working. We just didn’t get it done tonight for whatever reason. I thought right until the end we were going to find a way.”

The outcome of this up-and-down roadtrip, other than 6 of 14 possible points, will be seen in the coming weeks as the Flames continue to battle for positioning in the playoffs. The team will hopefully use this as a learning experience and come out stronger (defensively!).

The Flames return home for games against Dallas on Wednesday, St. Louis on Friday and Detroit next Monday. Nine of Calgary’s next 13 games come against teams that they could potentially face in the first round of the playoffs. The race in the Western Conference is very tight and its anyone’s guess who will end up where.

Flames vs. Leafs Highlights

Posted 13 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Toronto Maple Leafs, Win, home

Flames Burn Leafs

Posted 12 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Boyd, Iginla, Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, Win, home

Dustin Boyd had 2 goals and Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf added a goal and assist each to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flames, who had dropped 4 of their last 5 games were looking for a win against the Maple Leafs to get some of their mojo back. Thanks to Boyd’s 2nd goal of the game at 11:13 of the 3rd period, the Flames managed to do just that. But the end of the game wasn’t without it’s excitement, despite a 4-1 lead for the Flames.

Never really ready to roll over and die, the Maple Leafs came back with 2 goals late in the 3rd period to make it a game. The most impressive one was Matt Stajan’s with 54 seconds left. He put a bouncing shot on Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff right off the faceoff and it managed to find a way into the net. It was the kind of goal that any goaltender would like back, and one that many fans could not believe. The Flames fans were thinking, “WTF?” while the blue-and-white-clad Leafs Nation jumped, cheered and spilled their beer on themselves.

But the excitement was short lived as the Flames held on for another 54 seconds and took the 2 points. The win put the Flames back in sole possession of 1st place in the NW division, one point ahead of Vancouver and 2 up on Minnesota.

The Flames will face the top team in the NHL on Thursday when they travel to San Jose to face the Sharks. They will be without Jim Vandermeer (who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken ankle), and possibly Mike Cammalleri who is battling the Flu.

Leafs Drop Flames 5-4 in Overtime

Posted 14 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category GameBlog, Loss, Overtime, Road, Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto..5 (overtime)

Mats Sundin scored his 500th career goal fifty seconds into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win against the Flames tonight. Sundin also scored his 498th and 499th goals in the game, to make it a hat-trick for hit 500 goal milestone.

Toronto opened the scoring with 2 goals in the first period, and many Flames fans were biting their nails. Darcy Tucker scored his 5th goal of the season and Mats Sundin followed it up with his 2nd goal.

The Flames rebounded in the 2nd period, lead by 2 goals by rookie Mark Giordano and one by Matthew Lombardi. But Toronto didn’t sit back, and got the equalizer from Alex Steen and the go-ahead goal from Mats Sundin. The crowd went wild as Sundin scored, knowing that he was only one goal away from 500 for his career.

In the 3rd period, Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow for a wrist shot to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to overtime. Toronto took a penalty late in the 3rd period, giving Calgary an overtime powerplay.

Mats Sundin decided tonight was the night, though, and ended the game 50 seconds into the extra period. His 500th career goal came on a shot through a crowd that bounced off a Calgary defender.

The bright spot in the game for the Flames was that they finally scored more than two goals. They seem to be getting their lines organized and are getting some more offensive contribution from a variety of players.

Calgary’s next game is in Montreal on Tuesday.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
TOR: Tucker (5) A: Wellwood, Sundin
TOR: Sundin (2) A: McCabe, O’Neill

2nd Period
CGY: Giordano (1) A: Lombardi, Kobasew
CGY: Lombardi (1) A: Amonte, Yelle
CGY: Giordano (2) A: Iginla, Langkow
TOR: Steen (1) A: Stajan, Kilger
TOR: Sundin (3) A: Tucker, White

3rd Period
CGY: Langkow (1) A: Iginla

TOR: Sundin (4) unassisted