Tag: Roman Cervenka

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Flames’ Cervenka signs with KHL team


After just one season with the Calgary Flames, Roman Cervenka is going back to the KHL. The 27-year-old Czech forward has reportedly signed a three-year contract to play for SKA St. Petersburg.

Cervenka had nine goals and eight assists in 39 games for the Flames. His signing in February of 2012 was enthusiastically trumpeted by Calgary general manager Jay Feaster.

“Roman is a highly skilled player with great hands, excellent vision and the ability to score goals at an elite level of play,” said Feaster in a release. “Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line centre.  John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe. We made an aggressive pitch to convince him that Calgary was the perfect place for him to start his NHL career, and we are extremely pleased Roman agreed. We look forward to welcoming him to the Flames and our great city.”

So much for that.

The search for centers continues in Calgary.

Cervenka, Hudler returning to Calgary

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The Calgary Flames will soon get two of their biggest free agent acquisitions in the lineup.

The club announced on Tuesday that Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler are en route to Calgary and will be eligible to make their season debuts on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Cervenka, the KHL standout who signed with Calgary in May, has been away from the team while receiving blood clot treatment at the Mayo Clinic. He has been cleared to return to practice on Thursday, and could be in the lineup when Calgary takes on Edmonton at the Saddledome on Saturday.

Hudler, who Calgary pried away from Detroit with a four-year, $16 million deal in July, has been in the Czech Republic mourning the loss of his father, Jiri Sr. who passed away on Monday.

Hudler will join the Flames’ active roster on Wednesday but won’t participate in that evening’s game against Vancouver.

The Flames will be keen to get both back in the lineup. It’s been a rough start to the shortened campaign, as they’ve allowed nine goals in back-to-back losses to San Jose and Anaheim — and both games were in Calgary.


Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports Cervenka and Hudler could play on the same line together if/when they debut against the Canucks on Saturday.

Iginla (groin) misses start of training camp

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla hasn’t missed a single game in five straight campaigns. Will that trend end this season?

The Calgary Flames captain didn’t participate in the first day of training camp because of a groin injury, according to TSN.

GM Jay Feaster said that he’s not worried and that Iginla was kept off the ice for “precautionary reasons.”

Iginla is in the final season of his five-year, $35 million contract. He recently stated that his preference is to stay in Calgary. However if the team struggles, the Flames might finally decide to trade him for picks and/or prospects.

Iginla has built of reputation as being not just an elite player, but a remarkably consistent one as well. He’s reached the 30-goal mark in each of his previous 11 seasons, but that’s not likely to happen again due to the 48-game schedule.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames were also missing Roman Cervenka and Anton Babchuk on Sunday. Cervenka is on medication because of blood clots while Babchuk is expected to miss three weeks with a shoulder injury.

Flames’ Cervenka moves back to KHL

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Calgary forward Roman Cervenka has returned to the KHL, agreeing to a deal with Lev Praha.

The 26-year-old has yet to play for the Flames since signing a one-year, $3.77 million deal in May. The lockout has prevented him from both suiting up and making good on a number of performance bonuses (Cervenka inked an incentive-laden deal; his base salary is $925,000.)

Cervenka had spent the lockout playing for Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, scoring 13 points in nine games, but is now primed to return to the Russian league in which he made a name for himself.

In 2009-10, Cervenka teamed with Jaromir Jagr to play for Avangard Omsk, and the pair emerged as one of the league’s most dynamic scoring duos. Last year, with Jagr in Philly, Cervenka shouldered the load solo and wound up leading the KHL in playoff scoring (22 points in 20 games.)

“[Flames assistant GM] John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said upon signing Cervenka. “We made an aggressive pitch to convince him that Calgary was the perfect place for him to start his NHL career, and we are extremely pleased Roman agreed.”

With Lev Praha, Cervenka will play alongside fellow locked-out NHLers Zdeno Chara, Jakub Voracek and, perhaps most interestingly, new Flames teammate Jiri Hudler.

Jagr: Shanahan, Daly and Bettman helped process Czech league transfer


Here’s an interesting subplot from a New York Times piece about Jaromir Jagr’s return to Kladno HC, the Czech Extraliga team he began his professional hockey career with (and now owns.)

On Wednesday, Kladno played Slavia in a game featuring Jagr, Tomas Plekanec, Jiri Tlusty, Marek Zidlicky, Roman Cervenka and Vladimir Sobotka. With so much NHL star power involved, the contest was moved to the O2 Arena in Prague so that nearly 16,000 fans could attend.

According to the Times, free bus rides were provided to shuttle supporters from Kladno to Prague.

But the game almost didn’t get played due to sticky rules involving IIHF transfer cards — and that’s when the NHL lent a helping hand.

Here’s more, from NYTimes.com:

It took an act of cooperation from the N.H.L. to make the game happen. The six N.H.L. players were nearly unable to play because they were waiting for their international transfer cards to be processed. The procedure requires obtaining signatures from the incoming and outgoing national hockey federations, which assure that the player is not in violation of any contractual obligations.

Jagr said come Wednesday morning the players did not know if they would be able to play.

“We were ready to cancel this game,” he said.

To expedite the process, Jagr had made a late phone call Tuesday to his former Rangers teammate Brendan Shanahan, who is now an N.H.L. vice president.

“I have to say thanks to Brendan Shanahan who helped me a lot,” Jagr said. “Shanahan did a great job and put Gary Bettman and Bill Daly on the phone, and eventually we were able to play.”

Awfully nice to see a moment of cooperation in the middle of labor ugliness, no?

/hums theme song to Family Ties

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