Flames sign NCAA free agent Kenney Morrison to 2-year, entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 08:00PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Western Michigan defenseman Kenney Morrison, 23 to a two-year, entry-level contract, the club announced on Thursday.

Morrison's contract won't kick in until the 2015-16 league year (which begins on July 1), according to TSN's Bob Mckenzie. So in contrast with how the Flames offered to burn a year of Johnny Gaudreau's contract in order to entice him to sign and forgo his senior year of college hockey, Morrison will be available to sign a tryout deal with the Adirondack Flames and participate in the Calder Cup playoffs. He's recently done precisely that, according to McKenzie.

Read on past the jump.

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FGD #71: Frying the Flyers (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 01:00PM

Just 48 hours after their second straight loss and a fairly decent effort against the powerhouse St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames are back at it this evening as they face the Philadelphia Flyers.

And better yet - it's retro night, so expect old-school tunes and old-school uniforms at the 'Dome tonight! And the Flames get an old-school opponent in the form of the Broad Street Bullies, who the Flames faced in the playoffs in their first season in Calgary (1981).

The Flyers are out of the playoff hunt and are poised to play spoiler, while the Flames are hopeful to end their small losing stretch at two games and get some points under the belts. Based on their last meeting in Philly, it should be a spirited 60 minutes of ice hockey.

The puck drops at 7pm MT and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Get Well Soon, Paul Byron

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 11:00AM

Paul Byron is many things.

He's a winger for the Calgary Flames, who is presently injured. While we haven't been given specific timelines for his return, he's expected to be returning to full practice in the near future and - knock on wood - he'll potentially return to the Flames line-up before the end of the season.

Byron's got a lot of positive attributes. While he's not big, he plays bigger than he is, often throwing body checks. Heck, he took out a Sedin in last season's finale - thankfully the opponent was fine afterwards, but the fact that 5'7" Paul Byron is that physically engaged is damned impressive.

And Byron's quietly emerged as one of Calgary's best possession players.

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5 things: What's ahead?

Ryan Lambert
March 19 2015 09:00AM

1. First the good news

As I write this the Flames are currently outside a playoff spot, having been demolished on Tuesday night by the St. Louis Blues — who to be fair demolish a lot of teams these days — while the Winnipeg Jets lit up San Jose 5-2.

That pushed the Flames a point out of the playoffs in the West as far as the wild card is concerned, and into the bad side of a nominal tie with Los Angeles at 81 points. The Kings had, at that point, played one game fewer. (They're up to 82 after an overtime loss to Anaheim last night.) Now, one or even zero points over 12 games isn't a lot of ground to make up in general, and even if you're playing badly like the Flames are, you can fluke your way to a pretty easy situation down the stretch.

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Flames Recall Markus Granlund From Adirondack

Ryan Pike
March 18 2015 03:55PM

In a move that seems a bit odd to me, the Calgary Flames announced this afternoon that they've recalled Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames. Presumably he'll fly in tonight and join the team on the ice tomorrow.

No corresponding assignments were announced, so this appears to be a straight-up addition to the roster and the burning-off for the third of the team's four non-emergency recalls.

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