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Injuries, mystery signings and disappointment: a garbage bag day wrap-up

The Calgary Flames gathered at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday for exit meetings and final chats with the assembled media. We’ve dug through all the interviews to provide a quick and dirty rundown of the day’s discussions.

Who’s going to the World Hockey Championship?

The only player who’s definitely going is Michael Frolik, who will represent the Czech Republic. Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin are reportedly mulling their options.

Definitely not going are Travis Hamonic (being a dad), Mikael Backlund (having a baby), Matthew Tkachuk (doesn’t have a contract for next season yet) and David Rittich (injury). Probably not going are Elias Lindholm (injury), Sean Monahan (injury), Mark Giordano (being a dad) and Juuso Valimaki (injury).

Who’s hurt?

The Flames don’t have a laundry list of injuries like they did a year ago, but they have a few guys who are nursing some injuries.

  • Sean Monahan had a “crack in his thumb.”
  • Elias Lindholm had a “slight ACL sprain” from Game 5 against Colorado.
  • David Rittich was working through a minor knee injury that according to Brad Treliving wasn’t bad enough to keep him from playing, but was a “nuisance.”
  • Juuso Valimaki has “a little nagging thing” that will be checked out.

Rittich’s injury was interesting, in the sense that he admitted in his chat with the media that he was hurt on Dec. 31 and if you look at his underlying numbers, his save percentage dropped like a stone in the second half – he rocked a .935 save percentage prior to his injury and a .910 afterwards.

Another defensive signing coming

Treliving’s group has been busy with signings this spring, inking deals with Luke Philp, Artyom Zagidulin, Adam Ruzicka, Martin Pospisil and Dmitry Zavgorodniy (and AHL deals with Rob Hamilton and Corey Schueneman). But in his media availability, Flames head coach Bill Peters let it slip that they had another blueline signing on the way.

We’ll see if it materializes, but Yelesin is 23 and plays on the same team as Flames pick Rushan Rafikov (and former Flames great Jakub Nakladal). At the very least, the Flames are familiar with the player.

Lots of disappointment

A common theme in everyone’s chats with the media was the feeling that the Flames let a great opportunity slip away. They were the best team in the Western Conference during the regular season, but really struggled with Colorado’s speed and trying to take back momentum (in games and in the series).

Two quotes basically summed things up:

If you’d like to listen to the player interviews yourself, our pals at Sportsnet 960 The Fan have oodles of audio from garbage bag day. As always, we’ll continue to break down the Flames’ season and offseason throughout the next few months.

  • Gus Fring

    You guys do remember that in the summer Tre did try to sign Reaves and Maroon so he did try to bring in some size for this team! So I assume he sees a bigger urgency now to add size to this rooster.

  • Widemans Anger

    Hey Monahan! If you are injured… please sit out some someone who is not injured (Dube, Quine, Czarnik, anyone else) can take your spot and maybe impact the game… just a tip from the outside looking in….

  • Stu Gotz

    As much as I like Monahan management sticking up for this guy after poor performances is getting a bit tiring. The kid is talented blessed with sweet hands. But his skating may no longer be up to NHL standards.

  • buts

    Calgary Flames management and players. You picked the worst possible time to put out your worst possible performance. Tre said it’s not the time to over react but you shouldn’t under react either. This group is far away from a cup, the top 6 needs a overhaul only JG and MT are top line caliber SM and EL are 2nd liners. Backlund is a 3rd line centre. We have a lot of D assets to get the players needed.

  • The GREAT WW

    What would you give the Canucks for the last year of Markstrom’s contract?

    Sure; Stone, Neal or Frolik…..

    What if they wanted Brodie, Jankowski, Bennett or a draft pick…….?

    Not so funny now is it…?!


  • Off the wall

    I don’t read the wrap up quotes, nor watch any of it. I just don’t like rhetoric and cliche’s.

    It’s not as if our players have anything else to add. They didn’t get it done. Period.

    Now we need to take a hard look at this group. That’s where the answers lie, not with mandatory quotes from players.

    My nickname given by my old timers teammates is , “animal”.

    I don’t think it’s an compliment necessarily, it’s more of a reflection of how badly I hate to lose. I’m the smallest guy on the team, not really that good, but losing isn’t in my mindset. Ever.

    I’m too intense they say for old timers. I don’t agree. If you play with intensity, it makes you be accountable to yourself. Why go play a game that keeps score, if you don’t want to be competitive?

    Doesn’t make sense to me. And I’m no athlete. Just a regular Otw.

    Give me 23 players who HATE losing. I don’t care if they love winning, everyone does.

    I want a team that will not accept LOSING. If that means getting rid of some good players, then so be it. This is something analysts can’t measure. An athletes makeup. His brain, his desire, his heart.

    That’s where we should be reinvested. It’s going to take more than statistics to find the players who actually fit that mold. Betty Crocker doesn’t make them. You have to search for the right recipe.

    Good luck Treliving. You’re going to need it, to get this team into a mindset of HATING losing.

    Give me 23 “animals”!
    I’ll take that any day…

    • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

      Everyone wants a team full of “nice guys” and “character”, but the last time we won a Stanley Cup we had Vernon, Gilmour, Fleury partying so often at Cowboys they had a private washroom to do blow. Patrick Kane’s, Alexander Ovechkin’s and Phil Kessel’s of the world win you Stanley Cups. Everyone wants the “nice guys”, but when you go to war you need to get dirty.