Flames’ Karri Ramo spectacularly takes a goal away from Rangers’ J.T. Miller

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Karri Ramo stops a shot by J.T. Miller (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo has struggled with consistency over the years, but on Tuesday against the Rangers, he robbed Rangers winger J.T. Miller of what looked to be an easy goal.

The play took place in the first period of the Flames’ road game against the Blueshirts: a shot from Rangers blueliner Ryan McDonagh deflected off of the goalpost behind Ramo, and the rebound bounced to Miller, who had an open net and could’ve scored his sixth of the season. That’s not what happened. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Trade watch for Flames’ Glencross, Panthers’ Bergeheim heats up

Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Curtis Glencross‘ days with the Calgary Flames could be numbered. The 32-year-old left winger is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday there was no contract discussions between Glencross and Flames management, fuelling suggestions he could be dealt by the trade deadline.

Those rumors ramped up Friday when reports emerged from Calgary claiming Glencross, who has a full no-movement clause, was asked to provide a list of preferred trade destinations. However, the Calgary Herald’s Kristen Odland reports GM Brad Treliving said the veteran hasn’t requested a trade, adding it was possible Glencross could finish the season with the Flames. Read more

T.J. Brodie caps Calgary comeback with bizarre buzzer beater

Jared Clinton
T.J. Brodie (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

To say the Calgary Flames have gotten their fair share of good bounces this season would be an understatement, and to call T.J. Brodie’s overtime winner against the Bruins Monday unusual wouldn’t be giving the bounce enough credit.

With seconds left in overtime of Calgary’s contest against Boston, Brodie drove down the wing and, from a sharp angle, threw a backhand towards the net. The puck deflected off of Brad Marchand’s stick, flipped up into the air, careened off the top of the net and back towards Tuukka Rask before striking the netminder in the back and skittering across the goal line. It was a magic backhander. See it for yourself. Read more

Steve Montador has died at age 35 of ‘natural causes’

Steve Montador

Former NHL defenceman Steve Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning. He was 35 years old.

Peel Regional Police say a friend found Montador dead at about 2 a.m. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police say an autopsy will be conducted but no foul play is suspected.

“It appears to be natural causes,” police said.
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Why Paul Byron has been a third-line hero for the Flames

Jared Clinton
Paul Byron (Brad Watson/Getty Images)

Years from now, when we look back at the 2014-15 Calgary Flames, the names that stick out will be Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau. But Paul Byron has been just as important to the Flames and their beating immeasurable odds to remain in the playoff hunt.

Byron, 25, doesn’t get a lot of press and there’s probably good reason for that. He has six goals and 17 points, which puts him in a tie for 12th on the team in points. He’s not going to wow anyone with displays of pure skill or find himself on the highlight reel often, if ever. That’s not Byron’s game. His game is that of a sound defensive winger, and he’s played the role to near perfection this season for the Flames. Read more

Jonas Hiller is sure glad he landed in Calgary this summer

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Calgary's Jonas Hiller (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

If the playoffs began today, three Canadian franchises in the Western Conference would be vying for the Stanley Cup. In order of least to most surprising, you have Vancouver, Winnipeg and then Calgary. The fact any of these teams is in the playoff picture (while Los Angeles and Minnesota are on the outside looking in) is mildly news, but the fact the Flames are making noise has been one of the good storylines of 2014-15.

When goaltender Jonas Hiller signed with Calgary in the summer, it seemed like he just needed a place to prove himself again. Now he’s thriving and the Flames are, too.

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The 10 worst free agent signings of 2014-15

Dave Bolland's five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers is one of the worst UFA deals handed out. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.

But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.

What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more

Blink and you’ll miss this Mason Raymond one-time blast

Jared Clinton
Mason Raymond (Brad Watson/Getty Images)Mason Raymond (Brad Watson/Getty Images)

Mason Raymond isn’t what one would call a goal scorer. Sure, he can score, but he’s not putting up 20-goal seasons with any regularity. On Wednesday, however, he looked every bit like Alex Ovechkin.

With Calgary attacking the San Jose Sharks zone, a deflected pass careened onto the tape of Flames center Joe Colborne who made a slick backhand feed to Raymond. Keep your eyes peeled because it takes less than half a second for the puck to rocket off the Flames winger’s stick, ping off the back bar and wedge itself into the net’s padding. Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock had no chance. Read more