News and Notes - March 20 2014

Ryan Pike
March 20 2014 05:15PM

It's a practice day for your Calgary Flames as they prepare for a clash on Friday night with NHL Draft implications with the Nashville Predators!

Here's what's happening.

TALKIN' BOUT PRACTICE

It appears that goalie Karri Ramo and forward Jiri Hudler are close to returning. Both participated in full practice today. Lines, for the curious:

  • Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
  • Glencross - Stajan - Hudler
  • Agostino - Monahan - Colborne
  • Bouma - Galiardi - McGrattan
  • Brodie & Giordano
  • Butler & Russell
  • Smid & Wotherspoon

After practice, it was confirmed by coach Bob Hartley that Joni Ortio will start but Ramo won't dress. Agostino gets his first NHL game in. Guys wearing the green "healthy scratch" jerseys were Ben Hanowski (he of the brutal giveaway that led to Buffalo's only goal) and Kevin Westgarth.

In terms of injuries, don't expect Dennis Wideman back this season. And Markus Granlund and/or David Jones probably won't be back until close to the end of things.

PLAYOFF, ER, DRAFT IMPLICATIONS

Nashville is five points up on Calgary with the Flames having a game in hand.

  • Calgary wins? Predators have 68 points (with 11 games left), Flames have 65 points (with 12 games left)
  • Nashville wins? Predators have 70 points (with 11 games left), Flames have 63 points (with 12 games left)

Add in a Saturday night date up in Shelbyville with lowly Edmonton Oilers, there's a decent chance the Flames could really close the gap with Nashville by early next week. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

Don't get too cozy with the Flames drafting 5th, gang. Nashville, Carolina and Ottawa are *right there*, and with the way Calgary's been competing, they could catch at least one of 'em.

ABBY UPDATE

The players eligible to play in AHL post-season are (1) anyone on the AHL roster as of the NHL trade deadline, (2) anyone called up from the ECHL on a PTO contract or (3) anybody brought in from college or major-junior on an amateur (ATO) contract.

In terms of players with names? Here's the players that would fit into those three groups. Bolded names are under Flames contracts.

  • G: Joey MacDonald, Joni Ortio, Olivier Roy, Aaron Dell
  • D: Brady Lamb, Tyler Wotherspoon, Dean Arsene, Chris Breen, Derek Smith, John Ramage, Shane O'Brien, Chad Billins, Kane LaFranchise, Patrick Sieloff
  • F: Ben Street, Turner Elson, Sven Baertschi, Josh Jooris, Evan Trupp, Jordan Kremyr, Blair Jones, Corey Locke, Michael Ferland, Carter Bancks, Adrian Foster, Trevor Gillies, Brett Olson, Brett Lyon, Ben Hanowski, Corban Knight, Markus Granlund, Max Reinhart, Tim Miller, Brendan Connolly, Garnet Hathaway, Kyle Ostrow, Allan McPherson

Basically, the "on roster at deadline" rule is designed to protect from NHL teams dumping bubble guys that spent the year in the NHL onto AHL rosters for the playoffs.

As of this morning, the Heat need 18 points - either earned by them or lost by 9th place Oklahoma City - to clinch a playoff spot.

JOB OPTIONS

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 Bean-counting cowboy
March 20 2014, 05:38PM
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Ryan, seeing that you have an in with the mayor :) could you use your connections to get a trending tweet going to keep Bob Hartley for next season and see if it can get Burke's attention?

Something like #KEEPHARTLEY ?

I would fully support such an initiative and if the fan base speaks loud enough, Burke may listen.

I love what Hartley is doing with these guys.

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#2 Derzie
March 20 2014, 05:45PM
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I agree but it should be "keep artley" to be phonetically sound.

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#3 Baalzamon
March 20 2014, 06:07PM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

Given how often Burke has said "the coach isn't going anywhere" I think there's a good chance Hartley is safe regardless of what the fanbase does. I think if Burke was going to can Bob, he'd have done it when he axed Feaster.

And I mean, really; who is actually available for a coaching position who wouldn't be, like, completely awful?

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#4 Baalzamon
March 20 2014, 06:08PM
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Also, that is starting to look suspiciously like an NHL lineup again.

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#5 Chambers
March 20 2014, 06:33PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Given how often Burke has said "the coach isn't going anywhere" I think there's a good chance Hartley is safe regardless of what the fanbase does. I think if Burke was going to can Bob, he'd have done it when he axed Feaster.

And I mean, really; who is actually available for a coaching position who wouldn't be, like, completely awful?

Agree Hartley is worthy of at least finishing his term and perhaps an extension.

But....if Niewy is appointed the next GM he may decide to bring in Glenn Gulitzan?

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#6 ultrathinzigzags
March 20 2014, 06:51PM
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Hanowski/Westgarth out? Agostino/Hudler in? Guess its so long tankmode. I smell a "N YOU CAN PUT EM IN THE WINNNN COLUMNN!!!!" coming up

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#7 T&A4Flames
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Baalzamon wrote:

Given how often Burke has said "the coach isn't going anywhere" I think there's a good chance Hartley is safe regardless of what the fanbase does. I think if Burke was going to can Bob, he'd have done it when he axed Feaster.

And I mean, really; who is actually available for a coaching position who wouldn't be, like, completely awful?

Word is Barry Trotz (NSH) is on the hot seat.

I like 'Artley but Trotz would be tempting.

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Derzie wrote:

I agree but it should be "keep artley" to be phonetically sound.

or maybe... "you know like, keep artely"

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#9 Bean-counting cowboy
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Baalzamon wrote:

Given how often Burke has said "the coach isn't going anywhere" I think there's a good chance Hartley is safe regardless of what the fanbase does. I think if Burke was going to can Bob, he'd have done it when he axed Feaster.

And I mean, really; who is actually available for a coaching position who wouldn't be, like, completely awful?

I hope your are right!

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March 20 2014, 07:50PM
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@Derzie

Speaking of Hartley, this mock-twitter account is gold. https://twitter.com/coachbobhartley

"Like I know dat everyone want us to like lose but sometime when you like ave a stable of orses like we do you ave to let dem like gallop "

XD Oh man, hilarious!

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#11 MontanaMan
March 20 2014, 07:58PM
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I'm not convinced Niewy is the next GM. If Niewy was the next GM, he'd be signed. Clearly, Burke has said many times he wants to speak with 2 or 3 current GM's or Assistant GM 's, including those heading to the playoffs. Thus, the reason he won't be hired until after the draft.

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#12 EugeneV
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MontanaMan wrote:

I'm not convinced Niewy is the next GM. If Niewy was the next GM, he'd be signed. Clearly, Burke has said many times he wants to speak with 2 or 3 current GM's or Assistant GM 's, including those heading to the playoffs. Thus, the reason he won't be hired until after the draft.

MacInnis?

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#13 Burnward
March 21 2014, 03:11AM
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Kane LaFranchise? That is so much win.

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#14 joeyjoejoejr
March 21 2014, 06:38AM
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sounds like carolina is going to have a fire sale. anyone we should be targeting given our needs?

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#15 Bean-counting cowboy
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joeyjoejoejr wrote:

sounds like carolina is going to have a fire sale. anyone we should be targeting given our needs?

We could take Cam Ward off their hands if we can somehow get Ryan Murphy out of the deal.

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March 21 2014, 08:45AM
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"(3) anybody brought in from college or major-junior on an amateur (ATO) contract."

I'm a little bit foggy on this point. A few days ago Steinberg tweeted that NCAA players signed after the trade deadline are not eligible to play in the AHL, i.e. - Arnold, Gaudreau, etc.

So are they able to get around this by signing an ATO to play with the Heat then sign their Flames contract after the season is over? Does anyone know how this works? Is it possible we'd see Johnny and Bill playing for Abbotsford this season?

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#17 SeanCharles
March 21 2014, 02:53PM
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You the man Nenshi!

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