Hartley was damned if he did, damned if he didn't

Ryan Pike
February 10 2016 02:00PM

On Tuesday night, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley ignited a proverbial firestorm when he scratched Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma for disciplinary reasons. The reigning Jack Adams winner has drawn both praise and criticism for the move, which we all first learned about mid-afternoon on Tuesday and which became official shortly before the team took the ice for the pre-game warm-up.

Praise Hartley for his gumption or criticize him for a potentially rash move, but keep one thing in mind: once it was reported that those players had been late for practice on Monday morning, he was basically painted into a corner.

He was damned if he did, and damned if he didn't.

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Bob Hartley talked scratches post-game

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 11:00PM

Aside from the Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, all the hockey world wanted to talk about today was the Calgary Flames' decision to scratch Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma from tonight's game with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

And of course, it was the topic du jour at Flames head coach Bob Hartley's post-game press conference. For your reading pleasure, here's a rundown of the relevant questions (and answers) from this evening's pow-wow with the reigning Jack Adams winner.

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Post-Game: Flames Overcome Leafs, Absent Friends

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 10:21PM

It had all the trimmings of an American Hockey League clash.

The Calgary Flames, without Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma for disciplinary reasons, faced a Toronto Maple Leafs team missing five regulars. The Flames played fairly well early-on and spotted themselves a lead - having an edge of up to 4-1 at one point - and then clung on for dear life en route to a bowling shoe ugly 4-3 victory in front of a very blue (and partisan) crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The ugly ones count the same as the pretty ones, but the Flames are probably just gonna dispose of tonight's game tape.

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They're Out: Gaudreau, Monahan and Bouma Sit Tonight

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 06:24PM

Last season, the Calgary Flames scratched their best and brightest on April 11. It was the 82nd game of the regular season and the game was fundamentally meaningless, as the Flames had a playoff spot sewn up and were worried about injuries before the post-season began.

Tonight? The Flames have scratched three of their best and brightest again. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are officially healthy scratches for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Flames have not had contract talks with Jiri Hudler

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 02:00PM

The hockey world was abuzz today with Dion Phaneuf trade news, but a really interesting piece of information came from our friend Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia following the Calgary Flames morning skate.

Hudler is in the fourth and final year of a deal that carries a $4 million cap hit annually. He was eighth in the entire NHL in points last season - potentially a byproduct of a strong season alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau - but sits roughly 140th as of this writing.

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