Flames' Jon Gillies puts on a show in 1st game of 2016

Thomas Drance
September 17 2016 12:17AM

For hotshot Calgary Flames goaltender Jon Gillies, Friday night's 4-1 Flames win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Penticton Young Stars Tournament was just about getting his head and his body back into it. Talking to him after the game though, it seemed that what he was most excited about wasn't the victory, or the fact that he'd performed well in his first game of the 2016 calendar year.

“I made a standing breakaway save!” Gillies exclaimed, basically unprompted, post-game.

If Gillies' standing save was a throwback, it was an oddly appropriate one for his first game back from hip impingement surgery. 

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Thomas Drance
September 09 2016 11:14AM

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Should the Flames pursue reportedly available Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen in a trade?

Thomas Drance
December 04 2015 10:00AM

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This was supposed to be the season in which the Brian Burke-Brad Treliving era Calgary Flames took a major step forward, but shoddy goaltending has sabotaged those lofty preseason expectations. 

From the perspective of performance, spending efficiency and asset management, the Flames' goaltending has been a bit of a disaster. The club ranks 30th in all situation save percentage by a good margin, despite having committed the fourth most salary cap space among all NHL teams to the goaltending position, according to NHLNumbers.com. That's ugly stuff.

The good news is that Calgary's big-money goaltenders are on expiring contracts, but it's clear that the Flames need to address their goaltending going forward, and there could be some intriguing names available on the trade market. One that stands out in particular is Danish-born Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who may shake loose in Orange County as a result of John Gibson's stellar recent performance, according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger. Is this the sort of deal that the Flames should pursue aggressively?

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Report: Flames interested in trading for Hamonic, but Islanders ask of T.J. Brodie a 'nonstarter'

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 07:34PM

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is a big name top-of-the-roster defenseman on the trade market. The 25-year-old logs major minutes in all situations and has a consistent (and positive) two-way impact at even strength. He's hoping for a trade that would send him from Brooklyn, NY to Western Canada (or somewhere with direct flights to and from Winnipeg).

When a player like Hamonic is on the trade block, you'd be more surprised to find out that a team run by Brian Burke and Brad Treliving weren't involved in trying to make a deal, than you would be to find out that they're pursuing the possibility aggressively.

According to a report on Saturday from Sportsnet's Damien Cox, it would seem that the Flames are indeed very interested in adding Hamonic to their roster. There's a massive fly in the ointment though, and that's the Islanders' asking price. Islanders general manager Garth Snow reportedly would want T.J. Brodie back in return for Hamonic, which is a nonstarter for the Flames. As well it should be.

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T.J. Brodie nears return; is a game-time decision Wednesday vs. Senators

Thomas Drance
October 28 2015 10:36AM

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Hallelujah!

Key Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie is nearing a return to the lineup, and could play as soon as Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators. The lanky 25-year-old puck-moving defenseman has yet to play this season as a result of a hand injury, and his absence has been sorely felt by a Flames team that has struggled enormously for any number of reasons.

If Brodie returns on Wednesday, he'll play on a defensive pairing with Mark Giordano. Of course. Where else would he play?

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