Joni Ortio is now a restricted free agent

Ryan Pike
March 17 2016 01:00PM

A little while back, we took a look at Joni Ortio's status for this coming summer. Due to his age and National Hockey League experience, Ortio was likely to become a Group 6 free agent at the end of the season...unless he played a certain number of games of 30 minutes or more.

After last night's game, Ortio has played enough games (26) to be a restricted free agent on July 1.

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How did Freddie Hamilton do in his Flames debut?

Ryan Pike
March 17 2016 10:00AM

Due to Kenny Agostino being a healthy scratch, his Stockton Heat teammate Freddie Hamilton got to play in his first contest as a member of the Calgary Flames last night.

Best known as Dougie Hamilton's older brother, Hamilton's been a big part of the Heat's offense this season and has been one of the reliable older players on a pretty young team. How did his return to the National Hockey League go?

Overall? He was pretty solid, if unspectacular.

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Post-Game: Aspirational Victories

Ryan Pike
March 16 2016 11:22PM

On Sunday, the Calgary Inferno won the Clarkson Cup as CWHL champions. By all accounts it was a really entertaining game, and the Inferno gutted it out and came out on top. They were recognized prior to tonight's game between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The 60 minutes of hockey that followed weren't nearly as important or entertaining as the Inferno's victory on Sunday, but they were a step in the right direction. The Flames took advantage of an inferior opponent, got a lead and held on, as they won 4-1 over the Jets for their 30th victory of the 2015-16 season.

It was by no means a picture perfect game, but it was a step in the right direction.

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Freddie Hamilton Debuts Tonight, Kenny Agostino Out

Ryan Pike
March 16 2016 08:00PM

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to feast your eyes on the Brothers Hamilton for the first time in the National Hockey League. Freddie Hamilton is officially in for the Calgary Flames tonight, joining little brother Dougie in a big league line-up for the first time.

Winger Kenny Agostino was absent from warm-up and is a scratch tonight with an unspecified injury. Initially the belief was that Sean Monahan might not play - head coach Bob Hartley said he was a game-time decision - but eagle-eyed Canadian Press reporter Darren Haynes spotted only 18 skaters during warm-up.

Hamilton is wearing #25 for the Flames tonight.

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Brad Treliving Named Co-GM For Canada's World Championship Team

Ryan Pike
March 16 2016 05:42PM

The Calgary Flames may be finishing up their schedule when the 2015-16 campaign ends on April 9, but their general manager is now going to be a little bit busier than usual.

In addition to working on NHL Draft preparation, Brad Treliving will be serving as co-general manager for Team Canada's entry at the 2016 World Hockey Championship, working alongside veteran hockey executive George McPhee. The tournament runs May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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