Kevin Poulin hurt in Stockton Heat victory

Ari Yanover
November 22 2015 12:07AM

When it comes to Calgary Flames goaltending, this is the darkest timeline.

In a season in which absolutely nothing has gone right, with goalies putting up career-worst performances and getting injured alike, the Flames have had to bring new bodies into the fold. In part doomed due to the threat of the waiver wire, they have too many goalies in the NHL - and now, maybe not enough in the AHL.

When Jon Gillies was injured mid-game for the Stockton Heat, the Flames traded for Kevin Poulin

Now, Poulin appears to be injured as well.

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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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The Resurrection of Karri Ramo

Ryan Pike
November 21 2015 04:15PM

Karri Ramo played his 10th consecutive game last night, which represented a couple milestones.

First of all, it's the most starts he's had consecutively in his National Hockey League career. That in itself is ironic considering that a month ago, Ramo went through waivers and was assigned to the American Hockey League. Much like the proverbial last slice of pizza, Ramo wasn't considered good enough for anybody to want him (even without giving up an asset to get him) and, thus, was thrown into the scrap heap.

And last night, he beat the Stanley Cup champions and became waiver eligible again in one fell swoop. Given how his season began, both are pretty impressive accomplishments.

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How have the Calgary Flames been one quarter through the season?

Ari Yanover
November 21 2015 02:15PM

With 21 games played, the Flames are now just over a quarter of the way through the season. They have a 8-12-1 record to show for it, with five of those victories coming in overtime, and the one loser point thanks to failing to win in the one shootout they've played thus far.

They're also sixth in the Pacific division, but only four points out of a playoff spot, still with a ton of divisional games to go. They've scored 50 goals - 20th in the NHL - but have given up 75 - dead last, by a fair margin (the next worst team is the Columbus Blue Jackets, and they've only surrendered 66 goals).

So this hasn't been the best start to a season. In fact, it's been one of the worst in franchise history. This is a team that can't keep the puck out of their net, and can't win in regulation. This is still a rebuilding team.

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If Russell's Out, Who Gets Called Up?

Ryan Pike
November 21 2015 12:00PM

In Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Calgary Flames saw defenseman Kris Russell leave the game with an upper-body injury. The game's telecast suggested that Russell hurt his right hand blocking a shot from Blackhawks forward Ryan Garbutt mid-way through the first period.

Anyway, this was the most reliable word we had on the injury last night.

In the event Kris Russell is sidelined for a bit, with the Flames headed to California on Tuesday to begin a three-game trip through Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose, it's likely they'll need to recall a player rather than ride with six healthy defenders.

So who would they recall from the AHL's Stockton Heat?

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