They’re Out: Gaudreau, Monahan and Bouma Sit Tonight

Last season, the Calgary Flames scratched their best and brightest on April 11. It was the 82nd game of the regular season and the game was fundamentally meaningless, as the Flames had a playoff spot sewn up and were worried about injuries before the post-season began.

Tonight? The Flames have scratched three of their best and brightest again. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are officially healthy scratches for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Aside from last season’s finale, this is the first career healthy scratch for the 21-year-old Monahan. While he missed 7 games due to an injury in his rookie season, he’s played every game that he’s been medically cleared to play since he broke into the NHL as a fresh-faced, mop-headed 18-year-old.

Besides Game 82 last season, Gaudreau was famously parked in the press box at the tail-end of last season’s lengthy opening road trip – an expected precursor to an AHL demotion. But since his October 17 benching in Columbus, he’s been superb (and Calgary’s best, most consistent player).

Due to his role, Bouma’s been more prone to being a healthy scratch over his tenure. But since he’s been an NHL regular (beginning with the 2013-14 season), he’s only sat seven times as a healthy body over the past three seasons (including Game 82 last year).

Guesswork llines, based on practice:

Colborne – Granlund – Hudler
Bennett – Backlund – Frolik
Ferland – Stajan – Jones
Bollig – Jooris – Engelland

Giordano – Brodie
Russell – Hamilton
Smid – Nakladal

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    I agree I’m not sure what changed from last year but we had a group rallying to make a playoff run and now we have this year’s flames I don’t think it’s just regression. This is a young team maybe we are seeing growing pains and frustration within the hockey club


  • MattyFranchise

    I dunno… last time I slept in and showed up to work hungover I got fired. I would have really appreciated the night off instead lol

    Not really seeing what all the fuss is about. Especially since, as many others have pointed out, OV got the same punishment for the same thing earlier in the season.

    • everton fc

      The biggest difference with sending this message to future stars vs established stars like OV, Seguin, and Benn is approximately 7 million dollars. I don’t recall OV and Benn being dicipline while they built their careers….Seguin was a different story.

      The organization needs to help manage the image of its players as they navigate through their careers, by keeping issues in house. There is a price to pay for accepting the money and notoriety. However, other people have stumbled in to work after a night of partying and did not have to worry about being publicly ostercized.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Buddy of mine said the world’s tallest midget has a clause in his contract that would have paid him an extra $10K if he played all 82 games this season. That gone and Hockey is apparently pissed over that. Even if the Flames try and appease him by covering it with $10K in his new contract that won’t cut any ice because he was raised with the ethic that you don’t get money for nothing. Buddy says this matter is going to get very, very ugly before it is put to bed. By that he meant the price for extending Hockey just went through the roof and/or Hartley is going to be outta work by the end of the season.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    The message that it wouldve sent the rest of the players if they didn’t sit them would have been pretty brutal. Seems like it was more of a “no special treatment” regardless who you are.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    Hartley’s starting to realize it’s crunch time. The end of the season may be the end of his time behind the Flames bench if he doesn’t take some extreme measures. I like it.

    Also to everyone saying they lost respect for the three kids… c’mon. You never showed up for work hungover when you were 21 or 22?

    Kane, Ovi, Doughty, Giroux… the list goes on and on: A lot of great players have passion that extends beyond the rink and it’s just a matter of having that leadership and learning about the consequences. Good move and interesting time in the development of our young team.