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Bob Hartley | Center

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (53) / 9/7/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190

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Vancouver coach John Tortorella was furious with Calgary coach Bob Hartley after Canucks star Daniel Sedin was loaded onto a stretcher after a hit by the Flames' Paul Byron during the team's final game of the regular season last weekend.
Sedin was taken to hospital but was later released, while Byron received a five-minute major for boarding. "It’s been a rough year, but it’s embarrassing to coach against (Hartley)," Tortorella said. "Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it’s embarrassing." Added Tortorella: "I don’t like the way he does business. I don’t like him, and eventually, I guess why I am talking about it in this way is because I need to protect my players, and a lot of people don’t understand that. So I’ll just leave it at that. I don’t know why I opened it up. It aggravates the (bleep) out of me." The bad blood between Tortorella and Hartley dates back to Jan. 18, when the Flames put tough guys Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth in their starting lineup against the Canucks, and the result was a 5-on-5 line-brawl at the opening faceoff. During the first intermission, Tortorella tried to get to the visitors’ dressing room, earning a 15-game suspension. Apr 19 - 9:51 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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The AHL Abbotsford Heat will end its operations this spring.

Abbotsford was the Calgary Flames' AHL affiliate. The team is shutting down due to financial losses. The City of Abbotsford had 10-year agreement that guaranteed the team's local ownership $5.7 million in revenue regardless of whether or not the Heat were profitable. The Heat lost over $7 million over the first five years of the agreement and the city will pay $5.5 million to terminate the rest of the deal.
Source: Metro News
Apr 15 - 2:52 PM

Calgary Flames President Brian Burke was blunt in his assessment of the Calgary Flames' 2013-14 campaign.

"The conclusion of a season that doesn't include playoffs is a failure," Burke said. "But it was not a lost or wasted season, at all. There were a lot of positives. We had a major culture shift." Calgary did far better as the season went on, but by then it was too little, too late. Part of Burke's philosophy is that big, tough teams win, so that should influence the type of guys Calgary pursues over the summer.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 15 - 9:30 AM

The Calgary Flames have won 18 of their last 29 games.

No one can accuse the Flames of tanking at least. Given that their success came after they had much of a hope of making the playoffs, an argument can be made that it hasn't served them well as it's hurt their draft position. But naturally the players when asked about that suggested otherwise and said that they wouldn't simply try to lose on purpose - and all evidence suggests that they are honestly trying to win as many games as possible.
Apr 9 - 9:42 AM

The Calgary Flames played in their 48th one goal game of the season and are now just one away from the record.

The Pittsburgh Penguins played in 49 one goal games in the 2010-11 season. The Flames are near the bottom of the NHL standings but have won 18 of their last 29 games. This bodes well for next season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 8 - 7:34 AM

The Calgary Flames practice lasted roughly 20 minutes on Thursday because coach Bob Hartley ended it, frustrated with his team's efforts.

"If you're not ready to work, well, you might as well not work — simple as that," Hartley said. "I always tell them, 'If you don't want to practice, don't get on the ice. If you get on the ice, it's work.' We're very fortunate people. We work about an hour, an hour and a half, a day. You need to be ready. That wasn't the start we were looking for at practice." This is a first for Hartley during his tenure with the Flames. Calgary's season is essentially done as they haven't had any hope of making the playoffs for a while now. That being said, the Flames have been competitive lately and we're sure Hartley would like to finish the season on a high note.
Mar 28 - 9:24 AM

The Calgary Flames have been hot lately, but Flames coach Bob Hartley understands that it's too little, too late.

"This season, no matter what, this is kind of very positive," said Hartley. "But let's face it — I don't want to sound negative — but it's a failure." The young Flames have won five of their last seven games, including a 7-2 victory over Anaheim and an 8-1 win against Edmonton. Given that this was a rebuilding season for Calgary, this run can at least be taken as an encouraging sign going forward.
Mar 26 - 9:23 AM

The Calgary Flames are willing to retain player salary in order to maximize their trade value.

"It's absolutely within the realm of possibility," Calgary Flames president Brian Burke said. "We've made that clear. We can be a banker at this deadline. We can take contracts people don't want. We can retain salary on players that people want. Absolutely." Calgary has the cap space to do it whereas the biggest road block to a trade for many of the buyers this deadline is a lack of cap room. Look for Calgary to trade away a veteran or two before the deadline.
Mar 5 - 9:05 AM

The Calgary Flames visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight for the Battle of Alberta, usually a hyped-up affair with intensity galore.

But because both teams are longshots and are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Calgary coach Bob Hartley admits this game is not much to get excited about. "I understand the rivalry between Edmonton and Calgary, but I don’t believe in rivalries until you’re a Stanley Cup or a playoff contender," Hartley said. "Right now, I’m trying to build something. If we make enemies along the way, that might be part of our journey."
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 1 - 8:57 AM

Bob Hartley doesn't want to rule out the possibility of the Calgary Flames making the playoffs.

"We're showing some good signs of progress," Hartley said. "So the next 24 games ... a big key for us, give us a good swing. You never know what can happen. We're still in it. Obviously we know that we're a very long-shot. So we're not going try to fool no one. But, hey, we start on good streak and you never know what can happen." Calgary is 13 points behind, which might not sound insurmountable, but given how hard it is to make up ground in the NHL, it is.
Feb 21 - 7:28 AM

With the Calgary Flames returning to practice on Wednesday, Flames coach Bob Hartley is planning a mini-camp.

The Flames have almost their entire team back as Ladislav Smid is the only Calgary player still competing in the Olympics. They aren't going to make the playoffs, but they can use the rest of the break on laying the groundwork for the 2013-14 campaign.
Feb 19 - 7:49 AM

The Calgary Flames have played 100 games for head coach Bob Hartley.

A lot has happened to the franchise since Hartley took over behind the bench as the Flames blew up the team, dealing Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Tanguay and had long-time goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff retire. The Flames are in full re-build mode at this time so the playoffs could be a distant memory for the next few seasons.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 27 - 5:27 AM

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 by the NHL Monday for his part in Saturday's brawl between Calgary and Vancouver.

While coach Hartley may claim that starting his fourth line was meant as a reward to those players, the league saw it differently, as NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell holds him responsible for the actions of Kevin Westgarth in the game's opening seconds. In the eyes of Campbell, Westgarth "attempted to instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent -- the Canucks' Kevin Bieksa."
Jan 20 - 9:04 PM

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley insisted that starting his team's fourth line on Saturday was about rewarding effort.

When Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella saw that Hartley was starting the game with his fourth line, he responded in kind. That led to the two teams starting the contest with a massive line brawl. Tortorella was very angry about the incident and even tried to argue about it just outside of the Flames' dressing room during the first intermission. That incident might cause the league to fine or suspend Tortorella.
Jan 20 - 8:52 AM

The Calgary Flames aren't interested in trades that focus on the short term.

Why should they be when they're going to miss the playoffs this season and probably in 2014-15 as well? "The bulk of my time is chasing GMs and trying to make deals," Flames president Burke said. "But so far, teams making us offers make no sense." That could change in a hurry though as we approach the Olympic break.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 19 - 5:19 AM

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All Positions
C1Mikael Backlund
2Matt Stajan
3Sean Monahan
4Max Reinhart
5Bryce Van Brabant
6Paul Byron
7Bill Arnold
8Markus Granlund
LW1Michael Cammalleri
2Curtis Glencross
3T.J. Galiardi
4Lance Bouma
5Lane MacDermid
6Ben Hanowski
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Joe Colborne
3David Jones
4Brian McGrattan
5Kevin Westgarth
6Kenneth Agostino
D1Mark Giordano
2Dennis Wideman
3T.J. Brodie
4Kris Russell
5Chris Butler
6Ladislav Smid
7Chad Billins
8Tyler Wotherspoon
9Christopher Breen
10Mark Cundari
G1Karri Ramo
2Joey MacDonald