Flames Rumors & News

  • Calgary Flames brass happy with their haul at 2016 NHL Entry Draft

    Calgary Sun "The overall evaluation of the Calgary Flames weekend at the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft was positive. Of course, every team says that five minutes after the two-day event is over. But walking out of Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on Saturday afternoon — with the sixth overall..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Flames acquire Elliott from Blues

    The Comeback "The Calgary Flames have acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 35th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional pick. The Flames were rumored to be interested in several goalies (Fleury, Bishop), but ultimately they landed on Elliott. Though the Blues..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Flames ‘in a bunch of different markets’ for goalie, want to get something done at draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "“They tell me it’s good to have one.” That was Brad Treliving’s quip when asked about the Flames’ goaltending situation on Thursday — a situation that was a real sore spot last season, something Treliving wants to fix over the NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo. “We’re in a bunch of different..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Marc-Andre Fleury price too high, Flames turn to Ben Bishop?

    Yahoo! Sports "The trade negotiations between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury appear to have become a “who’s more screwed?” competition. The Penguins seemed pretty screwed. Fleury makes $5.75 million against the cap through 2019, and his no-move clause necessitates..." June 21

  • Penguins want first-round pick as Calgary Flames bid to acquire proven starting goaltender

    Calgary Sun "And then there was one. One NHL team looking hard for a starting goalie. With the Toronto Maple Leafs giving up a first-round pick (30th) and a second rounder next year to acquire Frederik Andersen from Anaheim Monday, the Calgary Flames are the only team left with a gaping hole between the..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Ron MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada. He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago - Ron MacLean. When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey..." June 20

  • Flames confident they'll sign Gaudreau, Monahan

    NHL.com "The Calgary Flames "have every confidence" they will reach agreement on new contracts with forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Gaudreau and Monahan each can become a restricted free agent on July 1. "We continue to work away at it," general manager Brad Treliving told the Flames..." June 20

  • Calgary Flames eye move into top three or four at NHL draft

    Ottawa Sun "The talk will heat up in earnest this week. “There has been a lot lately, but mainly it’s guys talking about concepts,” one league executive told Insider Trading on Friday. “Teams are looking to see if they can parlay draft picks into NHL players.” With the season officially in the books,..." June 19

  • Calgary Flames expected to hire Glen Gulutzan as head coach today

    Calgary Sun "Despite reports and rumours circulating early this week, the Calgary Flames have yet to announce a head coach. The hiring process, led by general manager Brad Treliving, has been ongoing for over six weeks as the team prepares to head into next weekend’s National Hockey League draft in..." June 17

  • Flames contact Penguins about Fleury

    Calgary Sun "For the better part of the last month, it's been evident the perfect solution to the Calgary Flames' goaltending void is Marc-Andre Fleury. It's also a solution for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Fleury himself. Anyone who saw the 31-year-old Penguins veteran half-heartedly hoist the Stanley..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Calgary Flames GM says field of candidates for new head coach has been narrowed down

    Calgary Sun "The Calgary Flames’ coaching search is almost over. “We are much closer to the end than we are the beginning, that’s for sure,” said general manager Brad Treliving. “No announcements (Monday), but we’re getting there.” Treliving has been on the hunt for a new head coach since dismissing..." June 14

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Calgary Flames zeroing in on Czech goalie, say reports

    Calgary Sun "Apparently, the Calgary Flames have added another goaltender to their system. Reports suggest that Czech goaltender David Rittich has signed a one-year deal with the club. The 23-year-old has played the last two seasons with Miada Boleslav BK in the Czech Extraliga. Last year, the 6-foot-3,..." June 11

  • Niklas Backstrom returning to Finland on 1-year deal

    The Score "Call it un-Finnished business. Niklas Backstrom signed a one-year contract with HIFK Helsinki on Friday. The veteran goaltender played four games for the Calgary Flames this season after being traded from the Minnesota Wild on deadline day. He was the odd man out in Minnesota due to..." June 10

  • Joe Colborne ‘closer’ to new deal with Calgary Flames

    Sportsnet "Brad Treliving needs two hands to count all the restricted free agent forwards he must make decisions on this off-season. The Calgary Flames‘ busy general manager has already begun contract negotiations with Joe Colborne. Treliving must find a new head coach and prepare for the NHL Draft..." June 09

  • NHL sues NHLPA to vacate Wideman suspension

    TSN "The National Hockey League has applied for a judicial review, a form of a lawsuit, against the NHL Players' Association to vacate the reduced 10-game suspension of Calgary Flames' defenceman Dennis Wideman. Wideman's suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27 originally drew a..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Colborne gears up for Canadian Armed Forces Benefits concerts and, hopefully, a new contract

    Calgary Sun "For those beardless National Hockey League types, this time of the year usually consists of hitting the golf course and settling into summer routines. Joe Colborne’s off-season, however, has been busy. Very busy. Exploring South America’s Andes Mountains and hiking around Machu Pichu in..." June 02

  • Randy Carlyle interviewed for Flames coaching job

    The Score "Randy Carlyle has interviewed for the Calgary Flames' vacant head coach position, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman stated in his latest 30 Thoughts column. Carlyle met with the Flames as well as the Anaheim Ducks - which was expected, according to Darren Dreger - on Tuesday at the NHL combine,..." June 01

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Flames' Jokipakka could miss World Cup after hip surgery

    The Score "Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka underwent hip surgery upon the completion of the Calgary Flames' season, president Brian Burke revealed Friday on Sportnset 960 The Fan radio. The procedure may keep Jokipakka from playing for Finland at this fall's World Cup in Toronto, Burke said. Jokipakka was..." May 30

  • Matthew Tkachuk enjoys visit to Alberta, would welcome being drafted by either Oilers or Flames

    Calgary Herald "Matthew Tkachuk has enjoyed his time in Alberta. He might even make it his permanent home. The London Knights winger is ranked second among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL Draft. Which means, once Auston Matthews and the two Finns come off the board, that puts Tkachuk in the..." May 29

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • While Green gets press, Gulutzan gets Flames interview for vacant head coaching gig

    Vancouver Province "Travis Green got the press. Glen Gulutzan got the interview. But neither may get the gig. According to Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, the Calgary Flames asked for permission to speak with Gulutzan, the Canucks’ assistant coach. But they have yet to ask for permission to speak to Green,..." May 25

  • Fleury a potential ‘transitional guy’ for Flames

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames are in search of some help between the pipes, this we know. General manager Brad Treliving has said as much, stating “goaltending is obviously a priority for us,” as the 2015-16 regular season came to a close. How the Flames go about filling that void in goal could become..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving trying to find right ‘personal fit’ in coaching search

    National Post "In the last week, general manager Brad Treliving has narrowed down his search for the next head coach of the Calgary Flames. But it was not exactly done by choice. With Minnesota hiring Bruce Boudreau on Sunday, Guy Boucher and Marc Crawford taking jobs in Ottawa one day later, and Darryl..." May 15

  • Dallas loss robs Calgary Flames of first-round draft pick

    Sportsnet "Dallas Stars fans shouldn’t be the only ones waking up and cursing the St. Louis Blues today. By virtue of the Stars’ 6-1 loss to St. Louis in Wednesday’s Game 7, the Calgary Flames lost out on a first-round draft pick. In February’s deadline trade that sent defenceman Kris Russell to..." May 13

  • Report: Flames ask Wild for permission to interview Yeo

    The Score "Now that Bruce Boudreau and Guy Boucher have landed new NHL coaching jobs, it's Mike Yeo's turn to be in demand. The Calgary Flames have asked the Minnesota Wild for permission to interview him, the Star Tribune's Michael Russo reports. Flames general manager Brad Treliving is serving as..." May 11

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Carlyle, Gulutzan expected to interview for Flames' coaching vacancy

    The Score "Bruce Boudreau's off the board; now it's the Calgary Flames' turn to make a move. TSN's Darren Dreger reported shortly after news broke that Boudreau would be the next coach of the Minnesota Wild that Calgary is expected to "zero in" on their coaching search Monday - or a week after firing Bob..." May 08

  • NHL, Oilers, Flames each donating $100K to Fort McMurray

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta. Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Travis Green could be the fresh face to replace Flames' Bob Hartley

    Vancouver Sun "In a candid moment before the NHL regular season concluded, Bob Hartley was asked about the Calgary Flames falling to the Colorado Avalanche syndrome: Kids play great one year and team hits the highs. Kids’ heads get big in offseason. Kids play poorly the following year and team hits the..." May 04

  • Five potential coaching candidates for the Calgary Flames

    Calgary Sun "1. Bruce Boudreau Head coaching resume: Anaheim Ducks (2011-2016, four first-place finishes in the Pacific Division, four playoff appearances), Washington Capitals (2007-2012, three first-place finishes in the Southeast Division, four playoff appearances), Hershey Bears/AHL (2005-2008),..." May 04

  • Flames GM Brad Treliving cites style of play in decision to cut Bob Hartley loose

    Calgary Sun "The text Bob Hartley sent as he boarded a Florida-bound plane Tuesday was a simple one: “Please say hello to my buddy Benny and thank the fans for me,” wrote Hartley, alluding to a 10-year-old dressing room visitor he took a particular shine to. They were the type of parting words expected..." May 04

  • Flames' Treliving: Hartley took the team as far as he could

    The Score "Bob Hartley did all he could, but ultimately it wasn't enough. The Calgary Flames dismissed the 55-year-old Tuesday after his fourth season with the team, a decision general manager Brad Treliving insists wasn't made lightly. "This decision was not based solely on this season," Treliving..." May 03

  • Flames fire Bob Hartley

    Calgary Herald "The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Bob Hartley, the team announced Tuesday morning. In a brief statement, the team said it had “relieved Hartley of his coaching duties.” It added that associate coach Jacques Cloutier will also not be returning to the team. In four seasons as the..." May 03