Player News - Flames

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Johnny Gaudreau has a goal and nine points in eight games in the 2018 World Championships.

Gaudreau has been playing for Team USA, which has advanced to the semifinals. Their next opponent is Sweden, which includes Gaudreau's Flames teammate Mikael Backlund as its captain. The World Championships has offered Gaudreau with a chance to end the campaign on a more positive note after Calgary failed to make the playoffs, though the 2017-18 was certainly a productive one for him offensively as he had 24 goals and 84 points in 80 games.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 18 - 8:30 AM

Johnny Gaudreau hasn't had much of a chance to talk to new head coach Bill Peters yet.

Gaudreau has been busy playing for Team USA at the IIHF World Championship and Peters has been working as the coach of Team Canada. "I've seen some interviews and stuff and have talked to him for a minute or two before the tournament started," said Gaudreau. "He said we'd grab coffees over here. We haven't got to have coffee with him yet, but I'm looking forward to sitting down and chatting with him a bit. I'm excited to get this fresh start going." He is optimistic that Calgary can return to the playoffs next year.
May 14 - 6:06 PM

Calgary Flames prospect Glenn Gawdin was named the WHL's playoff MVP.

Gawdin, who was drafted in the fourth round, 116th overall in 2015 by the St. Louis Blues but they never signed him and Calgary swooped in and inked him to a three-year entry-level deal in November. He led and captained the Swift Current Broncos to the WHL title and a place in the Memorial Cup which will begin in nearby Regina later this week. He had a team-leading 32 points in the playoffs after a huge overage season in which he had 56 goals and 125 points in 67 games. Gawdin will start next season in the minors but has a shot to make it in the NHL.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 14 - 6:19 AM

Glen Gulutzan has reportedly received assistant coaching offers from the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Gulutzan was recently fired from his job as head coach of the Calgary Flames, so he's looking to jump back into the league as fast as possible. The Sabres have since denied that there was any contact made between them and Gulutzan, but Friedman insists that an interview took place. Teams have reportedly contacted him to run their AHL clubs, but it doesn't sound like that's something he'd be interested in for now.
May 11 - 5:46 PM

The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins will play two preseason games in China.

The first will take place on Sept. 15th in Shenzhen and the second will happen on Sept. 19th in Beijing. This is a follow-up to the NHL's 2017 preseason series in China, which featured two games between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. This is all happening ahead of China hosting the 2022 Winter Games.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 3 - 7:58 AM

Flames GM Brad Treliving is grateful for all the help former Flames president Brian Burke gave him along the way.

Burke stepped down as he felt Treliving had grown to the point where his role was redundant. Burke hired Treliving to be the team's GM four years ago, but they go back much further than that. "I went to the Vancouver Canucks training camp at age 20 and he was the assistant GM who brought me in," said Treliving. "I met him there and when I said I was excited to be a part of the organization and that I wanted to be a great player he was sort of like, ‘you may want to think that again.’ He was the one who told me, ‘you’ve got a hell of a lot of courage son, but your career in this game may be on my side of the desk, not the one you are currently on.’" Treliving did eventually end up on the business side, so it was him coming full circle when he came to Calgary for the initial interview. The Flames have a lot of potential, but Treliving has his work cut out for him to get the team back into the postseason after the disappointing 2017-18 campaign.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 2 - 7:07 AM

Juuso Valimaki has been a stud on the blueline in the playoffs for the Tri-City Americans.

The Americans are still in third round of the WHL playoffs thanks to the Flames first round pick and 16th overall in 2017 who had a pair of goals Saturday as they defeated the Everett Silvertips to trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven round. "I’ve seen Juuso play in a few of the games, and he’s been excellent," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "He’s playing big minutes. He’s playing an important role on a good team. He’s had a good playoffs. What I like about him is his proactive approach. He’s one of those players — and it’s a great attribute to have — that you almost have to pull him back a little bit rather than cattle-prod him to get him going. He wants to make a difference. He wants to impact the game positively every time he’s out there. His skating has improved. He’s playing against the top players. He’s just been a real impressive player." Valimaki has a good shot to make the Flames next season so keep an eye on him.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 30 - 6:38 AM

Flames president Brian Burke announced that he was parting ways with the team, effective May 1.

"When we extended Tree’s (GM Brad Treliving) contract last summer I said ‘at some point I’m going to be redundant now.’ And here we are. I’m absolutely comfortable with this. I think people often try to color things and say, ‘it’s a mutual agreement,’ when it’s not. But it is in this case," Burke said. He served as the Flames' president of hockey operations for five years. Burke hired Treliving four years ago to be the team's general manager. Initially, Treliving leaned on Burke's experience, but Burke feels that's no longer necessary. Burke also cited his family as a reason for him stepping down. His 12-year-old and 14-year-old daughters live in Toronto and as Burke put it, he's "sick of the commute." Because he wants to stay in Toronto going forward, he doesn't believe he will take another job as an NHL executive. He'll spend the rest of the playoffs as a Sportsnet analyst.
Apr 27 - 1:30 PM

One area that new head coach Bill Peters might be able to help the Calgary Flames in is their discipline.

The Hurricanes were the least penalized team in the league in three of the four seasons that Peters oversaw them. Meanwhile, the Flames took the second most penalty minutes in 2017-18 with an average of 11:07 minutes per contest. That puts a lot of pressure on the team's penalty kill and has the potential to create unfavorable momentum swings during games. Peters might be able to help the Flames crack down on that and perhaps that alone will turn some would-be losses into wins next season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 25 - 4:11 AM

Bill Peters has officially been hired by the Calgary Flames as the team's 19th head coach.

Peters resigned from coaching the Carolina Hurricanes this past Friday. He served as head coach of the Hurricanes for the last four seasons, but failed to make the playoffs each time.
Apr 23 - 1:13 PM

Bill Peters could be named the new coach of the Calgary Flames Monday.

This may be one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL as Peters had been linked to the Calgary job before Glen Gulutzan was even fired. Peters resigned from coaching the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and the Alberta native seems to be a sure bet to be behind the bench with the Flames. "I’d like to work — I’d like to coach," Peters told the Raleigh News & Observer after exercising his opt-out with the Hurricanes. "I hope something is in place soon." Peters is slated to leave on Wednesday to coach Team Canada at the World Championships in Denmark which starts May 4.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 23 - 7:15 AM

Bill Peters has decided to resign from his position as the Carolina Hurricanes' head coach.

Peters had one season remaining in his contract with Carolina, but he had an opt-out clause and this was the final day that he could exercise it. There has been reports that Peters is the leading candidate to become the Calgary Flames' new head coach, so perhaps that will come to pass in the days to come. "I want to thank Tom Dundon, Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis for the trust they put in me to lead the team," said Peters. "I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach. I also want to thank Don Waddell and the entire front office and PNC Arena staff. This business requires hard work and long hours, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of the many people I have worked alongside during the past four years. We enjoyed our time in Raleigh, and my family will always feel a connection to North Carolina. I feel like this is a good time to move on, and I am looking forward to my next challenge."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 12:54 PM

Paul Krepelka has been named as the Hurricanes' vice president of hockey operations.

Krepelka previously served as the director of player development for the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals, but he's also a former player and agent. He'll help with player contract negotiations among other duties. "Paul has been involved in professional hockey for nearly 30 years, developing experience and relationships that will be of great value to the Hurricanes," Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said.
Apr 20 - 4:29 AM

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


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