Sutter out, Sutter in

Kent Wilson
June 09 2009 10:56AM

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To no one's surprise, Brent Sutter made his departure from the Devil's organization official today. I think we can all agree that his appearing behind the Flames bench in the near future is a fait accompli, yes? The question is: will it be for this coming season or the next? TSN reports that Lamoriello cannot ask for compensation from the Flames under the auspices of this CBA, but is within his rights to refuse to allow Sutter out of his final year (and thus to coach anywhere else this coming season).

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Curtis McElhinney re-signed

Kent Wilson
June 06 2009 02:21PM

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Check another name off the free agent list. It was announced yesterday that Darryl Sutter has re-upped back-up Curtis McElhinney for another couple of years. Rumor is the contract runs for two years at just over 500k per year.

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Fantasy GMing - Trade Kipper

Kent Wilson
June 04 2009 11:55AM

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Summer is, in some ways, the best time of year for the engaged hockey fan: it's the blank slate. A time of infinite possibilities. It's where all the armchair GM's can pretend they're in charge of the club and make imaginary moves according to their own criteria.

Which is what I'm going to do here. In this on-going series, I'll share what I would do as the Calgary Flames General Manager this summer - by which I mean, not what I think Sutter realistically might do, but what I would do if I magically woke up tomorrow in the big chair.

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It's all over but the cryin'

Kent Wilson
April 28 2009 11:49AM

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Lots of post mortems to come in the wake of another first round Flames exit. Let's take a tour around the immediate reactions:

- Eric Francis points multiple fingers. He also ponders the potential fate of the Flames pending free agents.

- Allen Cameron talks to Keenan about the Flames spate of injuries. The list of wounded by the end of the season was fairly extensive.

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The Flames miss Giordano

Kent Wilson
April 20 2009 10:42AM

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There's no question Calgary has missed Robyn Regehr through the first two contests of this seris. And Cory Sarich. And, arguably, the speed of Matthew Lombardi.

But one guy who's not being talked about very much is Mark Giordano. Felled by a wonky shoulder, the club sure could use his blend of speed, passing and tenacity against the Hawks. Chicago's uptempo forecheck and team quickness has been forcing the Flames remaing rear-guards to make sub-optimal decisions and passes, especially in and around the neutral zone. A lot of rushes and break-outs have been stuffed by bouncing pucks and long, waist-high coss-ice lobs that are easily picked off. 

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