First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

February 22 2015 12:53PM


Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

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Lance Bouma's rise from fourth liner to local cult hero (who is still a fourth liner)

Ari Yanover
February 22 2015 11:00AM

Take yourself back to June 20, 2008. It's the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, and the Flames have just selected a nearly-point per game centre by the name of Greg Nemisz.

Flash forward to present day, and Nemisz is in the Carolina Hurricanes' farm system, toiling away at a .667 point per game pace. So... not great.

Instead, go back to June 21, 2008. It's the second round, and the Flames have selected a WHLer who's over a point per game by the name of Mitch Wahl. He's looking pretty decent, too, until he gets concussed. He's a point per game guy now, which is good. He's also in the ECHL, which is less impressive.

Let's try this again.

It's the third round. The Boston Bruins have just selected a goalie named Michael Hutchinson. Up next are the Flames, and while they don't know it, they're about to make their first successful pick of the draft. He's a not-even .500 point per game player with nearly 100 penalty minutes by the name of Lance Bouma.

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Report: Flames' Curtis Glencross expands trade list to include at least 5 teams

Thomas Drance
February 21 2015 07:56PM

The Calgary Flames seem likely to trade second-line winger Curtis Glencross before the NHL trade deadline. 

The Flames are reportedly working with Glencross, who is on the final year of a contract that carries a full no-trade clause, on expanding the list of teams he's willing to be dealt to. Their efforts have proved successful as the 32-year-old middle-six forward has expanded his list to five teams. 

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Breaking Down The Sam Bennett Decision

Ryan Pike
February 21 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames finally returned Sam Bennett to his junior club, the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs. The announcement was made this morning and followed by a media availability both with Bennett and Flames general manager Brad Treliving.

Here's the gist of what happened and the decision-making regarding Bennett's assignment.

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Joni Ortio Out 6-8 Weeks

Ryan Pike
February 21 2015 01:00PM

Amidst the assignment of Sam Bennett to the OHL, Flames general manager Brad Treliving dropped another big announcement at his media availability today.

Goaltender Joni Ortio, the starting netminder in Adirondack and the undisputed #3 man in the pecking order, is out 6-8 weeks with what Treliving described as a high ankle sprain. Per Treliving, the injury occurred in the first period of Adirondack's 4-3 overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Barons last night in OKC.

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