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Coach Glen Gulutzan, who was fired by the Flames on Tuesday, still thinks very highly of the team he's leaving behind.

"The only real regret for me is that I think it’s a great group, there’s great people here, it’s a great city and now I’m not going to be a part of a team moving forward that I think is going to be a real strong team in the years to come," Gulutzan said. "Their best players are their young players, and I think that’s a good recipe. I think Tre (general manager Brad Treliving) has done a heck of a job, to be honest with you, with managing the cap. So I think they’re going to be poised for success for a long time here. And that’s something you want to be a part of, but now you’re not going to …" The Flames certainly have a lot of potential, which is part of what made their inability to make the playoffs this season so disappointing. Still, with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk, and Dougie Hamilton, all still in their early-to-mid 20s, there is plenty of reason for optimism going forward.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 20 - 4:24 AM

Matthew Phillips had a strong campaign with WHL Victoria.

Phillips had 48 goals and 112 points in 71 WHL games. Although he wasn't taken until the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, he might end up having a shot to make the Flames' roster out of training camp next season. It's definitely far from a certainty and it will depend in large part on what Calgary does this offseason, but tentatively, he will be someone to keep an eye on during the preseason. It will also be interesting to see how much he can bulk up this summer because his size at 5-foot-7, 155-pounds is an area of concern. "(Pro hockey) going to be a lot more difficult than junior and I need to have a really good summer in the gym," Phillips acknowledged. "I battle gaining weight — it just doesn’t come easy for me to gain weight. But I think if I can keep getting stronger and work on my skills a lot more in the summer, I’ll hopefully be rolling when camp comes along."
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 4:30 AM

Mark Giordano feels like he let down head coach Glen Gulutzan, who was fired after the Flames' missed the playoffs.

"Obviously, the season didn’t go the way we wanted, obviously the expectation was to get in the playoffs and go on a run and we didn’t get there," said Flames captain Mark Giordano. "As a player, you just feel terrible. You feel a lot of responsibility for those guys losing their jobs. We, ultimately, were the guys on the ice and we didn’t get it done." Giordano noted that as the team's captain, he had a great relationship with the coaching staff. Calgary had a disappointing season, but Giordano more-or-less lived up to expectations. He had 13 goals and 38 points in 82 contests in 2017-18 while averaging 24:47 minutes.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 18 - 4:47 AM

Calgary has fired head coach Glen Gulutzan.

The Flames also announced that assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard have been relieved of their coaching duties. Calgary finished outside of the playoff picture in 2017-18 with a 37-35-10 record.
Apr 17 - 4:25 PM

Matthew Tkachuk wants to be one of the leaders for the Calgary Flames.

Tkachuk is only 20 but is already emerging as one of the leaders of the Flames. "You want to be that difference-maker," Tkachuk declared. "You want to be taking on more of a role, where you’re producing more and you’re taking charge that way, but you also want to be a guy in the locker-room who people start to look up to. The way I play, I want that to kind of be a staple of the way I want our team to play. I think the way we’re going to be successful, the way playoff hockey needs to be played, it’s played hard. I want to try to show that by how I play out there." Tkachuk had 24 goals and 49 points in 68 games this season and you should look for a lot more next season from the winger.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 16 - 6:47 AM

Mike Smith was a big aid in the emergence of David Rittich this season.

Rittich was quite upset at being sent to the minors at the start of the 2017-18 season and even thought about returning home to the Czech Republic but all is well now as he saw plenty of NHL action. Smith really helped Rittich adjust to the NHL as a rookie and he was grateful. "Smitty — he was huge for me," said Rittich. "Mentally, my game, I learned so much from him. I learned a lot of drills from RVA (Ryan van Asten) that I can do in the summer, too, so it’ll be a good summer for me. I want to be prepared for next year and we’ll see. (Smith) told me all of the time about my game and what I’m supposed to do and how I can do that. It was a really big part of my year. He’s a pretty good guy and a really good goalie. If I had a problem, I could go to him and ask him about it. He helped me with everything." Look for Rittich to back up Smith next season with the Flames.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 15 - 7:30 AM

While Micheal Ferland set new career-highs in 2017-18, the expectation is that he can do better next season.

Ferland took a big step forward this season with 21 goals and 41 points in 77 games. Going into the campaign, he had a career-high of 25 points. "A year ago, I told him I thought he could score 20-some goals. I think he can score 30 now," said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He has to find that level of consistency within himself too, to be more consistent and recognize he’s a pretty good player in this league. I think we got 50 really good games out of Ferly. I still think there’s room for him to play more." The belief that Ferland can do better if he was consistent isn't hard to understand. Ferland had 20 goals in his first 50 games this season and just one in his final 27 contests. So had he not gone through a drought in the final stretch of the season, a 30-goal showing in 2017-18 wouldn't have been out of the range of possibilities.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 12 - 8:21 AM

Head coach Glen Gulutzan isn't spending too much time worrying about his future with the Calgary Flames.

Flames GM Brad Treliving is in the process of evaluating the Flames' failed campaign and doesn't plan to rush to any decisions, so Gulutzan's status as the bench boss is still uncertain going forward. Gulutzan doesn't want to think about that too much though. "That distracts from the process," Gulutzan said. "I came in here this morning, getting prepared for each of the meetings I have. You owe that to your players before they leave, because you’re sending them home with a game-plan. Then tomorrow, I’ll sit down with Tre (general manager Brad Treliving) and go through the differences in the year. Those are the things that I’m focused on. I’m not too worried about where I stand. I’ve never been too worried about where I stand." Gulutzan completed his second campaign with Calgary. The Flames made the playoffs last year, but fell short in 2018.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 10 - 8:40 AM

T.J. Brodie suffered a concussion and a neck injury back on Mar. 18 against Vegas.

Brodie missed the last nine games of the season due to the injuries. He hasn't been medically cleared yet.
Apr 9 - 3:52 PM

Sean Monahan has undergone four surgeries since he was removed from the lineup.

Monahan had his left wrist reconstructed, he had procedures on both hips for hernias and surgery for an injured groin. He expects to be fine for next season after he missed the last seven games of the 2017-18 campaign. Monahan said he played hurt for about 35 games before his year ended.
Apr 9 - 3:28 PM

Matthew Tkachuk was out for the last 12 games of the year due to a concussion.

Tkachuk added that if the games meant something down the stretch then he would have been in the lineup, so it doesn't sound like the issue will bother him during the off-season. He also said that he won't play at the IIHF World Championship.
Apr 9 - 12:09 PM

Spencer Foo has been assigned to the AHL's Stockton Heat.

Foo potted two goals in four games with the Flames following his recall from the minors at the end of the season. He has accounted for 20 goals and 37 points in 59 games at the minor-league level in 2017-18.
Apr 8 - 2:44 PM

Calgary has sent Jon Gillies to Stockton of the AHL.

Gillies was in goal for a 7-1 win over Vegas on Saturday night in the Flames' regular-season finale. In 11 appearances with Calgary this year, he went 3-5-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .896 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 2:38 PM

Rasmus Andersson has been sent to the minors.

Andersson logged a season-high 20:28 of ice time on Saturday night in Calgary's regular-season finale. He skated in 10 games with the Flames in 2017-18.
Apr 8 - 2:34 PM

Spencer Foo scored for the second straight game Saturday.

A lot of pundits thought that Foo would start the season as a top-six forward for Calgary but that was not to be as the 23-year-old spent most of the season in the minors where he had 20 goals and 37 points in 59 games. But he ended the season with two goals in four games for the Flames and should start the 2018-19 campaign with Calgary.
Apr 8 - 7:53 AM


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