The Weekly Ignition: October 28 2013



A fairly busy week in Flames-ville, both on and off the ice. Let’s get to it!


Three games for the hometown heroes, as the Flames finished off a lengthy five-game road trip in the western United States and began a three-game homestand.

On Tuesday, in the back-end of a road back-to-back, the Flames fell to the Coyotes 4-2. Joey MacDonald started and Flames goals came from Lee Stempniak and Joe Colborne. The game ended the lengthy “every game is entertaining” streak the Flames had going and Mark Giordano didn’t play due to injury. [Post-Game]

On Thursday, the Flames got beat in Dallas. They were without Giordano, Karri Ramo started and things just weren’t very good. Lee Stempniak had the lone goal and presumably acquired his lower-body injury in this game. [Post-Game]

On Saturday, without Stempniak and Giordano, the Flames beat the Capitals 5-2. Karri Ramo started again. Goals came from Mike Cammalleri (with a pair), Jiri Hudler, Kris Russell and Curtis Glencross. Washington played okayish and the Flames were better. [Post-Game]

On Sunday, the Flames unveiled their third jersey. It looks fairly close to the NHL14/Icethetics leak, and the biggest news was that both Mark Giordano and Lee Stempniak appeared to be wearing walking boots on presumably injured lower extremities. Both are officially day-to-day.



The Flames bounced back from an awful, awful road trip with a pretty good effort against the Washington Capitals. Arguably the most impressive thing was their success in the face-off circle – Matt Stajan, Joe Colborne and Mikael Backlund were all over 60%. Their defensive play was a bit wonky, though, and they were hemmed into their own zone quite a bit in the second and third periods. But hey, two points is two points. The NHL’s worst-ever team, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals, only earned 21 points. The Flames need just 10 more points to guarantee that they won’t be the worst team ever. I think they can do it.

On the farm, the Abbotsford Heat split a pair of weekend home games with the Lake Erie Monsters. They won 4-2 on Friday (goals from Ben Street, Chad Billins, Carter Bancks and Corban Knight) and lost 3-1 on Saturday (goal by Knight). The Heat are 4-4-1 thus far. At Flames Fest, Craig Conroy was reportedly very complementary regarding the play of Reto Berra (he’s 5-3-1), Billins, Roman Horak, Max Reinhart and Knight.

Your prospect Three Stars for the past week: Vancouver Giants blueliner Brett Kulak (five points over four games), Gatineau Olympiques forward Emile Poirier (who has at least a point in every October game and 20 for the month) and Alaska Aces goalie Joni Ortio (who had two wins and a shutout in two starts).


The Flames continue their homestand, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs (on an early 6pm TSN broadcast) on Wednesday and wearing the new duds against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. After that, it’s back on the road, as they kick off a four-game trip to the midwestern United States with a Sunday visit to the Madhouse on Madison to check in with the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.

On the farm, the Abbotsford Heat also hit the road again, making their first trip to Utica, NY to see the Baby Canucks (the Comets) on Wednesday and Friday, then facing the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday night in the Steel City. And meaningful college hockey begins, as Boston College has a home-and-home with Northeastern, Providence has a home-and-home with Boston University and, of note, Yale faces St. Lawrence and Clarkson, where Craig Conroy played his college puck.


We’re getting into the meat of the NHL schedule, college hockey is beginning conference play and the farm team is already being impacted by call-ups. It must be almost November.

  • Benny12

    This site really seems like a haven for trolls and haters rather then Calgary fans I don’t understand the constant negative comments from supposed fans and some writers on this site that’s why I come here less and less….ridiculous!

  • loudogYYC

    Akim Aliu was called up for 5 games last year too Doggy doo, he must be on your short list to make the flames as well…………..?
    He has 3 goals in 8 games so far this year………..playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs.

  • Tommynotsohuge

    I love the new jerseys. I would prefer them with just the writing though, but overall they are awesome. The shoulder patches add a different element to Flames jerseys that we haven’t seen yet. Everyone hated the current home jersey when they first came out too, it just takes a bit of time to get used to them.

  • BitGeek

    Definitely think the new 3rd Jersey is lame. I thought they wanted to make money by selling a ton of these things? I think I’ll save my money.

    I hate to say it but the Horse Head was better.

  • Purple Hazze

    I don’t like the new jersey’s at all, they should have a cool symbol like redoing the “C” in a fancier way. The new jerseys look like some amature did it, though i guess better than the KHL sweaters with 300 sponsors on theirs.

    • beloch

      The redone C is on the shoulders. It doesn’t beat the flaming C, but it looks interesting enough that its odd they didn’t put a large version of it on the front of the sweaters.

  • beloch

    No more pumping Max Reinhart’s tires please;
    After 11 games with Abby he has one goal and 4 assists, and he is a lazy -5 again.
    lets hold on to him for now, and trade him to whatever team drafts Sam, they may be dreaming that they have the next Sedins or Staals and give up too much for him.

    • loudogYYC

      Pretty sure Reinhart is used as a defensive forward, and even in junior he was known as a defensively responsible centreman. Not sure what you’re expecting from him, but don’t expect a high +/- or high point totals.

      That said, I see a logjam of bottom 6 centres coming soon. With Backlund, Colborne, Horak, Knight and Reinhart all looking as potential 3C’s, and not to mention B. Jones, Street and Byron still around this season, it might make sense to include one of these guys in a trade package.

      Regarding the 3rd jerseys, they look like an expansion team jersey, not really fitting for a 33 year old franchise. I guess jersey sales will likely dictate how long they stay around, so I won’t be buying one. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

      • loudogYYC

        I expect him to get more goals than Kanzig….
        I expect him to show some effort in the defensive zone and not lead the league in minus….
        I expect him to get that smug look off his face as he was born with the last name, he has not earned To be that arrogant…
        Too much to ask for??

        • loudogYYC

          9 games in and you’re focusing on +/-? You’re out to lunch, man. Those stats don’t bean anything, specially this early in the season.

          You’re talking about his smug look and how he should make an effort cause he’s currently -5? I’m sure CalgaryPuck can’t wait to read more of your hockey opinions.

          • loudogYYC

            When you add context to that, no, it doesn’t “bean” anything, Walt.

            Troy Ward buried him last season as his go-to defensive specialist. As an AHL rookie to boot, so add that fact to your ground breaking hockey analysis.

            There’s a reason he was called up to the NHL last season, maybe it was his smug look??

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    I don’t mind the new jersey, even though it is a bit cluttered with the flaming C on the front, but thank Zeus they didn’t go with the cowboy boot skate with “Calgary” written it. That would be eleventy billion times worse that the horse head.

    • McRib

      “I don’t mind the new jersey, even though it is a bit cluttered with the flaming C on the front, but thank Zeus they didn’t go with the cowboy boot skate with “Calgary” written it. That would be eleventy billion times worse that the horse head.”

      Who in the world did the Flames employ to design the new third jersey?!?! Kind of ho hum on the finished product, don’t hate it, but much prefer the vintage ones (maybe they will move them to full time if we buy a boatload of these jerseys… Hopeful I know). Never was a fan of our current home/away (Flag Patches, Pin-striping, Hem-striping, Reebok Edge Clone). Actually think I like these thirds more outside of the cluttered wordmark/symbol than our current fulltime ones, but nothing will ever top the straight vintage red/yellow look. WHY BLACK?!?!?!

      Regardless the final choice is a million times better than all of the other symbols that they were considering during the design process…. All of those CF Weakass Horseshoes… Or Skating Cowboy Boots, I really hope they didn’t pay anything for that service. People on blogs like icethetics design better jerseys everyday for free!!! Haha.

  • Purple Hazze

    Can you guys bring back the prospect update that you use to publish last season. This weekly ignition report touches on the subject, but I think the more in depth prospect report from last season was much better for keeping tabs on our up and comers.

  • beloch

    It’s been good news from Providence so far. Jankowski has 4 goals and 1 assist in 5 games, which has him tied for #1 on the team in scoring and tied for #2 in points. Meanwhile, Gillies is 0.950 over 4 games! Small sample size, but 0.950!

  • everton fc

    Ferland seems to be struggling on the farm, and Nemisz actually looks good. Can anyone confirm?

    And I hate the third jersey. Bring back the vintage jersey from the 80s. Use the current jersey as the “alternate”.