Picking Your 13th Forward

Kent Wilson
August 10 2010 10:10AM

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08: Sean Bergenheim #20 of the New York Islanders prepares for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on April 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 7-3. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


Although the Flames currently have 13 NHL forwards under contract, one of them is Ales Kotalik who is the most likely candidate to be cast into purgatory should the club fail to shed salary in some other fashion come October 1. So assuming Kotalik makes his Abbotsford/KHL/SEL debut this season, the Flames will have one open roster spot up for grabs.

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Staffan Kronwall Looking to Move Back to Sweden

Kent Wilson
August 10 2010 09:13AM

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Staffan Kronwall #8 of the Calgary Flames makes his way to the ice for warm-up prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)


According to an article out of Sweden, Flames defender Staffan Kronwall is hoping to be released from his NHL contract so he can return home. Kronwall has one more year left on his deal set to pay him $500,000.

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Vesa's Gone?

Pat Steinberg
August 09 2010 05:52PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Goalie Vesa Toskala #35 of the Calgary Flames stops Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks while on a breakaway during the second period of NHL action on March 14, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

We all knew Vesa Toskala wouldn't be a member of the Calgary Flames for this upcoming season, as GM Darryl Sutter said as much following the season.  However, it now seems Vesa won't find employment period in the NHL, as various reports have him bolting for the Swedish Elite League.

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In the Face

Kent Wilson
August 09 2010 02:20PM

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 15: Riley Cote #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Godard #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins square off during a first period fight at the Mellon Arena on December 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Riley Cote announced today that he would retiring at the age of 28 in order to take a coaching position with the Flyers AHL squad. As Gabe notes here, Cote did little more than sit in the penalty box during his professional career, which got me wondering just what wisdom he of one goal in 156 games might be able to impart to the next generation of NHLers. As a result, here's how I figure a Cote dressing room chalkboard session might go: (some NSFW language)

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Calgary's PP: Bad by design?

Robert Cleave
August 06 2010 12:28AM



As I look back at last season, I'll confess that for all the annoyances I may have had with certain players on last year's Flames' club, I'm not sure that they always were properly deployed by their coach. One particular gripe that I had virtually all season was the insistence of Brent Sutter to use Regehr or Staios on the PP unit. Neither man has any recent history suggesting that they add any offence, and what made that choice even more galling was the fact that the Flames employed players that had excelled as PP point men elsewhere, and I'm not talking about defencemen either.


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