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After being fired by the Calgary Flames, Bob Hartley made it clear he'll be looking for another coaching job.

"Obviously coaching is my passion, coaching is in my blood," said Hartley. "There’s no doubt that I want to coach. I’m only 55 years old and I believe that I’m in great shape. I love this game. I love teaching. I love competing to win hockey games." Calgary only made the playoffs once over his four campaigns with the club, but Hartley still has an impressive resume. He's got 944 games as a head coach under his belt with a 463-361-61-59 record, won a championship with Colorado in 2001, and was the 2015 Jack Adams Award winner.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 5 - 10:26 AM

The firing of coach Bob Hartley was "an eye-opener for a lot of our players," according to Mark Giordano.

Hartley spent four seasons with Calgary and the team posted a 134-135-25 over that span. The Flames failed to make the playoffs in three of those four campaigns, including the 2015-16 season. "You always just feel terrible as a player. There’s no other way to describe it, because you feel like you let someone down," Giordano said. "I’ve been in this situation before, but being the captain of the team, it’s a little bit different. And having a good working relationship and off-ice relationship with Bob, as well, it’s tough. I talked to Bob and thanked him for everything."
Source: Calgary Sun
May 4 - 7:43 AM

Mark Giordano has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

The award, which comes with a prize of $25K, is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Along with his wife "Team Giordano" works with the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program. In turn Team Giordano provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools, including school supplies like computers and journals plus floor hockey equipment. The two-year-old program has impacted over 1,400 kids in the area while Giordano himself has donated over $200K. Should the Giordano's win, they'll become the second Flames to win and the first since Jarome Iginla in 2004.
Source: NHL.com
May 3 - 8:14 PM

The Calgary Flames have fired Bob Hartley.

Hartley went from winning the Jack Adams Award in 2015 to being fired just a year later. Of course, he spent four years in Calgary and in that span the Flames had a 134-135-25 record and only made the playoffs once, so in that context his dismissal is not surprising. Hartley has 944 games as a head coach under his belt between his stints with Calgary, Colorado, and Atlanta. Along the way he led the Avalanche to a championship in 2000-01. The Flames have also parted ways with associate coach Jacques Cloutier.
May 3 - 10:14 AM

GM Brad Treliving is not expecting Czech star Daniel Pribyl to make the Calgary lineup in October.

Treliving is trying to curb the expectations of the 23-year-old and stated that the signing is a two-year project. "He’s still a young player. This is still a two-year project," cautioned Treliving. "I know people will say, ‘Oh, slide him beside Johnny and Mony,’ but I look at this as a two-year commitment right now. It might not be October, and quite frankly, I’m not expecting it to be October that all of a sudden he’s the answer to our prayers. It would be nice, but we look at this as a player who may have to spend time — and who knows how much time — in the minors and grow and develop there." Pribyl was drafted by Montreal in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft but the Habs never signed him, making Pribyl a UFA. He had 16 goals and 45 points in 45 games in the Czech League this season with 11 points in nine playoff games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 30 - 7:27 AM

Daniel Pribyl has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Calgary.

It was reported nearly two weeks ago that this would happen, but now it's official. Pribyl came up big in the Czech league this season with 16 goals and 45 points in 45 contests. He had another five goals and 11 points in nine playoff contests.
Apr 29 - 3:30 PM

Colton Orr has announced his retirement.

Orr is hanging up his skates after recording 12 goals, 24 points, and 1,186 penalty minutes in 477 games with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in his final NHL game on April 11, 2015 and played in 10 games with the AHL's Stockton Heat in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Apr 28 - 4:18 PM

Jonas Hiller has agreed to a three-year contract with Swiss League club EHC Biel.

The Flames were not going to re-sign Hiller after he posted a 3.51 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage in 26 games during the 2015-16 season.
Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Daniel Pribyl will reportedly sign with the Calgary Flames.

Pribyl had 16 goals and 45 points in 45 Czech games in 2015-16. Montreal originally drafted Pribyl with the 168th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but they never ended up signing him so now he can commit to any NHL franchise. Obviously Pribyl has been successful in the Czech league, but he hasn't played in a North American professional league yet, so it remains to be seen how that transition will go.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 18 - 5:45 AM

Johnny Gaudreau would like to improve defensively in 2016-17.

"I think, personally, be better in the defensive zone," Gaudreau said, when asked where he could demand more from himself. "There are a lot of guys, including myself, we have to help our goaltenders out a little bit more." The Flames could certainly use help in that regard as the team allowed more goals than any other in 2015-16. Gaudreau had a great campaign offensively with 30 goals and 78 points in 79 games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 14 - 8:34 AM

Sam Bennett's rookie season was one with some pretty extreme hot and cold streaks.

"I definitely had a lot of ups and downs," Bennett said. "But I think there’s a bit of a learning curve. I’m happy to have my first year under my belt. Hopefully I can come in next year ready to have a stronger season. For me, (consistency) was my biggest challenge this year. I have to figure out a way to be a lot more consistent." It's not unusual for a young player to have consistency issues so we're not too worried about them as it relates to Bennett. He did have a solid rookie season overall with 18 goals and 36 points in 77 contests.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 13 - 10:40 AM

Flames GM Brad Treliving has termed the 2015-16 campaign as a "failure."

While Treliving can find some positives in the 2015-16 campaign, like the growth of some of the team's younger players, he will be doing a full evaluation of the squad and that includes Flames head coach Bob Hartley. "You don’t have the season we’ve had and not evaluate everything," Treliving said. "In terms of (coaching) changes, that’s something I haven’t contemplated at this point. But from management on down, from the general manager on down, that will all be evaluated starting now." Hartley has served as the Flames' bench boss for four seasons and has a 134-135-25 record with the squad.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 12 - 10:50 AM

The Calgary Flames had by far the worst save percentage in the league at .892.

The next worst was the Carolina Hurricanes, which sat at .902. The good news for the Flames is that they have an opportunity to significantly revamp their goaltending over the summer. Jonas Hiller, Niklas Backstrom, Joni Ortio, and Karri Ramo are all set to become free agents this summer and Ortio is the only one that's a pending RFA. Of course a new goaltender alone won't fix that problem with the Flames, but it has the potential to help significantly.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 11 - 8:45 AM

Oliver Kylington picked up an assist in his NHL debut Saturday.

The defenseman was taken with the last pick in the second round of the 2015 Draft and it was quite a comedown as many pundits had him going in the mid-late first round. Kylington must be determined to show everyone why he deserved to go higher. The talented offensive defenseman is someone to look out for in the coming years.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 10 - 7:53 AM

Brandon Bollig scored on Saturday, no seriously.

Not only did Bollig stay out of the box, he scored his second goal of the season and 10th of career. Too bad that's probably not why you picked him up.
Apr 10 - 2:08 AM


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