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The improvements Calgary made on defense and in goal have Glen Gulutzan feeling optimistic about the 2017-18 season.

The Flames acquired goalie Mike Smith from Arizona and they completed a draft-day trade for Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic. "The thing that gives me the most optimism is the way we’ve solidified our defensive core, along with our goaltending — I like the tandem that we have, the size of the goalies and their character and their play — and then up front, just the growth of our young guys. So this is a three-pronger for me," said Gulutzan. "I feel we’re better anchored at D, we’ve solidified our goaltending for the next couple years, and we have this young group of forwards that just keeps pushing forward."
Source: Calgary Sun
Aug 19 - 10:40 AM

Mark Jankowski played in one NHL game last season and he can't wait to get back there.

Jankowski was Calgary's first round pick, 21st overall, in 2012. The 22-year-old put up solid numbers in the AHL last season, as he accumulated 27 goals and 56 points in 64 games with the Stockton Heat. "Getting that one game in made quite an impression on me, as I'm sure it does on everybody in the same position," admitted Jankowski. "If anything, it just lit a fire in my gut to get back. Ever since I was sent back down, my focus has been on being in Calgary again, and staying. I think this is my time. I really have to seize the opportunity. This is a team I believe I can make and I plan on doing that." With a solid training camp, he might be able to crack Calgary's roster.
Aug 18 - 7:04 PM

Sam Bennett remains an unsigned restricted free agent.

Bennett completed his entry-level contract at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He has generated 63 points through the first 159 games of his NHL career. Bennett notched 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 matches last season. The fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has plenty of potential, but could receive a "bridge" contract to prove himself first. The Flames also still have to sign fellow RFAs Brett Kulak and Tyler Wotherspoon.
Aug 12 - 6:28 PM

Dillon Dube will probably spend the 2017-18 campaign in the WHL, but he wants to make a better impression on the Flames at training camp this fall.

Dube sustained a fracture in his right knee during Calgary's first preseason game last September and he missed seven weeks. He accounted for 20 goals and 55 points in 40 games last season with the Kelowna Rockets. Dube took part in the World Junior Summer Showcase and he'll likely be back with Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championship.
Aug 12 - 12:35 PM

Tyler Parsons doesn't know where he will be playing this year yet.

"It's tough," said Parsons. "I don't know where I'm going to play yet, whether it's junior or the [ECHL] or the AHL. You don't really find that out until the middle of main camp, whenever camp starts. You've got to move all your stuff." Parsons had a great season in the OHL with London last year and he won the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with the United States. David Rittich and Jon Gillies are expected to handle the goaltending duties for Stockton, so Parsons might be in the ECHL with Kansas City if he turns pro.
Aug 10 - 9:27 AM

Garnet Hathaway wants to play for Calgary on a full-time basis this season.

Hathaway split the 2016-17 campaign between Stockton of the AHL and the Flames. He picked up 20 points and 67 penalty minutes in 31 matches with the Heat along with five points and 44 penalty minutes in 26 appearances with Calgary. "I guess you could say there was a sense of accomplishment last year … but more encouragement, really," he said. "It's a lot different than the AHL, the minor leagues, and it was exciting for me. I gained a lot of confidence. I mean, it's the best league in the world. To play with those guys and not seem out of place, to know you have the caliber to play there, is huge." Hathaway has a chance to land a spot on the fourth line out of training camp.
Aug 7 - 7:35 PM

Matthew Phillips wants to stay on Hockey Canada's radar for the 2018 World Junior Championship.

Phillips took part in the World Junior Summer Showcase and he contributed some goals to make a positive impression. The sixth-round pick of the Flames in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft scored 50 goals and earned 90 points in 70 games for the WHL's Victoria Royals last season. Phillips also had one assist in one match as a member of the AHL's Stockton Heat. He skated in two contests in the playoffs as well. Phillips learned from the experience and he's eager to put those lessons to the test in 2017-18.
Aug 7 - 1:40 PM

Adam Fox has been contributing offense at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but he wants to be known as an all-around blueliner.

"Trying to show myself as more of a two-way guy, not just an offensive or power-play guy," Fox said. "Just having a well-rounded game is what I'm focused on now. ... Not getting caught up in the rush, picking my spots to go on offense. I've been trying to block a lot more shots in the [defensive] zone." He scored twice in a 4-3 win over Finland on Friday. Coach Bob Motkzo has been impressed with Fox's progress compared to last year. The 19-year-old was chosen in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft by Calgary. He accounted for 40 points in 35 matches with Harvard University in 2016-17.
Aug 5 - 4:06 PM

Calgary prospect Juuso Valimaki will be Finland's captain at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He is currently representing the squad at the World Junior Summer Showcase, where he has 13 shots in three games, and he was chosen 16th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. "It means a lot," Valimaki said. "It's a huge honor for my home country and playing with that jersey on and having the C, it's something special for sure. It's a really big honor." Finnish coach Jussi Ahokas appreciates Valimaki's leadership qualities and he'll probably log heavy minutes at the tournament in December.
Aug 3 - 7:25 PM

Calgary has named Don Maloney as Vice President of Hockey Operations.

He will report directly to GM Brad Treliving. Maloney originally joined the Flames in 2016 as a pro scout. Calgary also announced the re-signing of assistant GMs Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall. Derek MacKinnon will serve as the team's director of pro personnel, while Rob Sumner and Fred Parker will be assistant directors of amateur scouting under director of amateur scouting Tod Button. Additionally, Chris Snow was declared as the Flames' director of hockey analysis.
Aug 3 - 6:55 PM

Calgary assistant GM Craig Conroy can see Spencer Foo playing in the NHL next season.

"My expectation for him is to push and make the NHL club," Conroy said. "He's got speed, he's competitive, and he's got skill. The thing I like probably the most about Spencer is about how hard he competes. Does he start in the NHL? That'll be up to him. But I see him playing in the NHL next year. I expect that, and he probably expects that himself too." Foo feels like he can take advantage of his opportunity and claim a roster spot with the Flames. The team isn't deep at right wing, which could also work in his favor. The 23-year-old forward had 26 goals and 62 points in 38 games for Union College last campaign.
Jul 24 - 8:27 PM

Matthew Tkachuk says the Flames need to get off to a better start next season.

"We all saw what Nashville did last year, you just have to go on a run," Tkachuk said. "Hopefully we can go on a run this year. You can't think about the playoffs already, but for us, we didn't have the start we wanted to last year, so this year we just need a better start. We were a little bit streaky last year, but this year if we play more consistently, we should have a good team and do well."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 23 - 5:28 PM

The Calgary Flames have re-signed David Rittich to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Rittich posted a 2.27 GAA and .924 save percentage in 31 AHL contests in 2016-17. With Mike Smith and Eddie Lack positioned to be the Flames' top two goaltenders next season, Rittich will start the 2017-18 campaign in the minors.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 22 - 5:28 PM

Jon Gillies has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames.

Gillies posted a 2.93 GAA and .910 save percentage in 39 AHL contests in 2016-17. He's projected to start in the minors again, but might be summoned in the event of an injury.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 22 - 5:26 PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Juuso Valimaki to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Calgary selected Valimaki with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Given that the Flames already have a strong defense, it's unlikely that he'll be able to find a way to stick with the team out of training camp, but he's still worth keeping an eye on. He had 19 goals and 61 points in 60 WHL games in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 4:43 PM


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