Brent Sutter says he and Iginla are just fine

For a team that’s likely to stay completely intact, but with major
personnel questions and salary cap issues, the Calgary Flames sure seem
to have a lot of drama surrounding them. Perhaps it’s us, the dirty and
evil media that is causing most of the issues. After all, the
media was pretty laughed at earlier this week
for even suggesting
that Darryl Sutter be fired.

One of the common themes toward the end of the season was
speculation surrounding Jarome Iginla’s disappointing play. Apparently
this led to some thoughts that there was a rift between Iginla and coach
Brent Sutter, something the coach says is completely false. From Ian
Busby of the Calgary Sun:

“It’s been kind of a laughing matter. Personally, Jarome doesn’t like
the fact it keeps getting mentioned and I don’t like the fact it keeps
getting mentioned because there’s no merit to it.

“That’s the truth.”

He hints that there were likely times during the season that there
might have been heated discussion fueled by the “intensity of the
competition”, but nothing along the lines of something that would cause
trouble between he and the the players.

I’m certain that things
were just peachy in the Flames locker room at the end of the season.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.