The Flames complete goaltending changing of the guard

Ryan Pike
July 01 2016 04:20PM

Last season, the Calgary Flames had some problems – you might have heard. One of their big issues was that they were the worst National Hockey League club in terms of goaltending. Their save percentage was bad – an .898 overall. Their American Hockey League club in Stockton wasn't much better, posting a disappointing .896 save percentage overall.

So it probably wouldn't surprise you to learn that the Flames had planned off-season changes in goal. Last season's goaltenders on NHL contracts included Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller, Jon Gillies, Kevin Poulin, Joni Ortio and Niklas Backstrom (along with AHLer Kent Simpson). Gillies is the only surviving member of that group, and probably because (a) he was the only individual with a contract for 2016-17 and (b) he missed all of the games after November 6 due to hip surgery. Everybody else has been jettisoned (and when you see the results from last season, it's hard to argue against it).

Indeed, the Flames have very purposefully changed the net-minding guard throughout the organization.

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Flames sign G Chad Johnson (1 year, $1.7m AAV)

Ryan Pike
July 01 2016 10:45AM

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The Calgary Flames continue to revamp their goaltending. Per multiple Twitter reports, the club has signed veteran back-up Chad Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.

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Flames expected to be a front-runner for UFA Troy Brouwer

Ryan Pike
July 01 2016 09:37AM

The Calgary Flames are an up-and-coming team with a young locker room. They have very few established National Hockey League players that can play the right side, aside from maybe Michael Frolik.

So it makes a lot of sense that the Flames have been connected to veteran right-winger Troy Brouwer over the last while.

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2016 development camp runs July 4-7 at Winsport

Ryan Pike
June 30 2016 07:26PM

Just as surely as the 2015-16 season has finished up, we're about to begin with the 2016-17 hockey calendar. The annual Calgary Flames development camp, a rite of summer for the youngest members of the Flames organization, has just been officially announced by the club and is the first major event of the new hockey year.

The camp runs July 4-7 (this coming Monday through Thursday) at Winsport over at Canada Olympic Park, and the roster features a few fairly big names such as 2012 first round pick Mark Jankowski and 2016 first round pick Matthew Tkachuk.

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Why Dennis Wideman is still a Flame (for now)

Ryan Pike
June 30 2016 04:00PM

The National Hockey League's buyout window has now officially closed and despite public pleading from many on social media, and some pleading from this very site, Dennis Wideman will remain a member of the Calgary Flames.

Well, for now, at least.

The 33-year-old right-shooting blueliner had a rough year last season, missing time due to a tricep tear and as part of a still-ongoing saga following a late February collision with linesman Don Henderson, and playing at a much lower level than in previous seasons when healthy. Why, oh why, would the Flames hold onto Wideman? Here's what we came up with.

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