Flames Sign, Recall Krys Kolanos



It was announced today that the Calgary Flames have signed the Heat’s leading scorer Krys Kolanos to a two-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 per year.

It’s been a bizarre journey back to the big leagues for the Calgary native. Picked 19th overall by Phoenix back in 2000, Kolanos scored 11 goals and 22 points in his rookie season in the NHL. That would be his high water mark in the big league, however, with Kolanos bouncing around the AHL and other European pro leagues including the Finnish Elite League and and Swiss-A over the next decade or so. He also managed a few cameo appearances with The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild, often as an injury replacement type player.

Kolanos re-appeared in North America for good in 2007-08 with the Quad City Flames, Calgary’s then AHL affiliate. He scored 30 goals and 66 points in 65 games, good for second on the team. Upon his return this year, Kolanos has been by far the best forward on the club, recording 18 goals and 40 points in just 34 games. Jon Rheault is second on the team with 30 points despite playing two more games.

It’s unclear what role Kolanos will play on the parent club. Most AHL scoring leaders over the age of 30 tend to be minor leaguers for life, so there’s a good chance Kolanos is mostly a depth/leadership signing for the organization. Even then, it’s a big day for a guy who has battled injuries including recent hip surgery and has suffered the life of a wandering nomad amongst the various hockey leagues for a long time.

  • everton fc

    I, for one, applaud this move. Perhaps I should be kinder about Feaster!

    I think he’ll add to the squad. Slot him into Stempniak’s spot. See what happens….

  • Vintage Flame

    I am an Oilers fan in Edmonton, yeah yeah whatever. But.
    Classy Move last night Calgary with the tribute to Brad.
    Very Well done. Did the Wings contribute at all ? I did not catch all the ceremony. You would think while the Family was there they would have
    done something, unless they did in Detroit already or will be.

    Anyway, nice stuff Calgary. Now back to despising you. [All in fun]


  • xis10ce

    My quick NHLE calculation puts him at potentially as high as 16pts in the remaining 31 games for Calgary. IF he played all 31, but I don’t know if the 0.44 AHL to NHLE factor takes into account going from 1st Line AHL and top PP mins (I assume) to 3rd line NHL.

    [(Points ÷ Games Played) x 82] x League NHLE Value=NHLE

    [(40/34)x82]x0.44 (31games left / 82total) = 16

    EDIT: PS, thanks JazzyV for your: http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/2011/8/12/2357969/understanding-advanced-stats-part-three-nhle-and-pdo

  • I am happy with this move as well. Not only for Krys but for all the young guys who thought they would not get a fair chance in Calgary. Feaster is standing by his word, if you work and hard prove you deserve a chance then you will get the opportunity to play for the big club. This was a great move for the Flames organization and will make the flames more appealing to the young players out there who want a chance to play in the NHL.

  • PrairieStew

    This is a team that right now needs some kind of offensive spark, even if it is on the third or fourth line. Kolanos seems to have proved himself out in Abby and deserves a chance. With all of the UFA’s at forward this summer, signing him to the second year is pretty low risk. More moves coming?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Wow, I was 1/2 kidding about a Kolanos call-up last night, on Live Chat. I thought for sure Byron would get the call. Feaster continues to reward his players in Abby, and this is another good message for the troops there.
    Who knows this might become a real feel good story for the player and team.

    Now we know why Morrison was moved for an AHLer. I’d like to see what Kolanos is about. It should be interesting.

  • I went to the same school as Krys and his siblings, played rugby with his younger brother – good guys. Glad to see Krys get the call up to the big show and play a couple games (hopefully). My only issue is that he is a 30-year old beating up on teens and twenty somethings in the AHL. The NHL is a much different story.

    However, I’d like to relate a story about him, from a friend of mine who was at the school during the elementary years.

    The older kids (5th or 6th grade, something like that) were doing joint projects with 1st or 2nd graders. Krys was the partner of my buddy, and they spent the whole time researching space and generally screwing around. When the day came for them to present, Krys was late, and they ended up using their socks to make sock puppets and gave a shoddy presentation. They both “failed”.

    I have this horrific image of him showing up late for the game and then playing with sock puppets on the bench that he made from Olli Jokinen’s used game socks.

    …I like stories.

  • Nice story, good vibe, good for him, ect. Seriously though, if he plays 4th line with TK and Jackman, he has a chance of putting up less points now than when he has played anywhere else before, in the NHL. If you want this guy to succeed, put him with some offensive talent for god sakes!

    • I bet he slots into the 2nd or 3rd lines. The 4th line is fine with TK – Stajan – Jackman. He’ll give Tanguay somebody to pass to when he’s lining up a slapshot in the slot. 😉

  • I’d like to see what Kolanos is about. It should be interesting.

    From what I remember from years past and heard from Heat fans this year, Kolanos is pretty much all offense. He doesn’t play in the defensive zone and has never been very fast or interested in becoming an all around player. There’s a reason he’s spent most of his career outside the NHL aside from just injuries.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      If you’re right, where does a player like this fit on the Flames? It’s not like the team is blessed with a bunch of 2-way forwards that can help shelter him. I have to believe Ward is recommending players for call up to the big team, and that Feaster is listening. If this is the case, then aside from the production what do Ward and the Flames see in this guy? Are they looking to flip him to a playoff team, looking for some depth scoring? Puzzling.

  • RexLibris

    They should put Kolanos on a line with Jokinen and Comeau, those three would make very odd aesthetic linemates, to say the least.

    It’s good to see a player like this get a shot. I don’t know that anyone can expect too much, given that he has bounced around nearly the entire hockey world (the Krefeld Penguins?!) and has a dog’s breakfast of a career on paper, but some guys come to the game late and might only need one good shot.

    I should point out that he played six games for the Oilers back in ’05-’06 and therefore, as part of the standard Old-Oiler Burn Rule (see Torres, Raffi), he will score at least one goal or two assists should he play in the next game against Edmonton.

    Honestly, though, I think the Flames are probably auditioning him to see if he fits as either a replacement talent (perhaps for Stempniak) or even if he can perform well enough to garner some interest in a trade. The Flames might as well see what they have in this guy against NHL talent before the season is out and doing it while you have a window of opportunity with injuries is as good a time as any. If he can play well enough, then it allows Feaster to sell (at least one position) at the deadline without conceding defeat in the playoff hunt.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      “I should point out that he played six games for the Oilers back in ’05-’06 and therefore, as part of the standard Old-Oiler Burn Rule (see Torres, Raffi), he will score at least one goal or two assists should he play in the next game against Edmonton.”

      Don’t forget Steve Staios.

      • RexLibris

        I don’t remember if Staios got a point in the game we played against the Islanders, but that game was so awful that perhaps in spite of scoring himself, Staios’ post-Oiler juju rubbed off on his whole team.

        Doug Weight got his Stanley Cup against Edmonton in 2006. *sigh*

  • RexLibris

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Unfortunately, Feaster doesn’t look like he bold enough to trade real assets (i.e. Kipper, Giordano, Jokinen, Brodie, Iginia and Backlund) to really try and improve the team). It sounds tough but hey, that’s what he is paid to do. Until he does this, Calgary won’t be able to get much better.

    • everton fc

      Is Backlund a player teams really want? I mean, what is his value?? I can’t see him having value outside of being part of a bigger deal… Say to unlaod JBo’s salary…

  • Wanyes bastard child

    great public relations move by feaster, reward a minor league talent with a brief callup and a new contract. in real hockey terms this move means nothing,absolutely nothing.

  • xis10ce

    At $525K if he gives us the same as a Stempniak at 1.9M, we get value for Stemper & reduce salary for a similar player. Problem is, how bad is Stemper’s injury? If he’s injured, he’ll be tough to trade. I’m sure he’ll be better than Stajan but who in God’s name will take Stajan off of our hands.:(

  • xis10ce

    Hew, at least we did not complete the Carter trade yet. We finally have the number one centerman that we have always wanted.

    On a more serious note. I am glad that Kolanos has been able to get his career in order and am glad that the organization is willing to reward him for his efforts.

    However, I dont see how using up the open contract spot is a benefit, and I would have waited for the summer to sign him to a two way deal. I would have brought back Byron for the injury time that Stempniak is out.

  • xis10ce

    @Rex – “They should put Kolanos on a line with Jokinen and Comeau, those three would make very odd aesthetic linemates, to say the least.”

    HAR! I love it. The “Weird Line.”


    Good for Kolanos, but to me this smacks of desperation because the team can’t score.

    That said, they may as well play him top 6 for at least 10 games. He’s either a revelation or what I consider him – an AHL ringer.

  • RKD

    I thought Kolanos should have been a few years ago when he was having good seasons. He was probably held back by Darryl Sutter. When Sutter was GM he barely played the younger players and relied solely on veteran to carry the load. Kolanos had:

    08/09 Houston AHL 31 20 51
    07/08 Quad City AHL 30 33 63

    I hope things work out for him here and he can help this team. I heard that Stempniak has a high ankle sprain and is out 6-8 weeks like Glencross.

    • supra steve

      I can hold D. Sutter responsible for a lot of player moves (some good/more bad) but entirely unclear on what he had to do with keeping Krys Kolanos down.

  • RKD

    I can hold D. Sutter responsible for a lot of player moves (some good/more bad) but entirely unclear on what he had to do with keeping Krys Kolanos down.

    Pretty simple Steve, Sutter moved out youth and picks and kept us fans under the illusion we were one player away from being an elite team.

    • supra steve

      I’m more then in agreement if you want to hold D Sutter responsible for his horrible drafting and free agent signing record. My understanding is; Kolanos became Calgary Flame property only 2 days ago and joined Abbotsford only a few months ago. Sutter was fired over a year ago, so if you are going to hold him responsible for holding Krys Kolanos down you will also have to spread the blame to 29 other organizations that didn’t sign and insert Kolanos into their NHL lineup since Sutter/the Flames passed on him in 2007. Scratch that, it is not logical to blame Sutter for Krys Kolanos life path. It is a great story so lets just be happy for his new opportunity, not sure he’s going to be any kind of game changer though.