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Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has a long history of tossing rookies right into the mix to learn on the fly, and his use of left-wing rookie Sven Baertschi early this season will be no exception. Hartley told Baertschi Thursday that he has made the team, according to the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson.“He was happy this morning when I told him ‘You’re an NHL player.’ There was a big smile on his face,” Hartley said. “It’s a big accomplishment to start in the NHL. He’s a great kid, and we’re going to support him. He’s our baby.”Fantasy hockey owners who took a shot on him in deeper drafts and keeper leagues should be happy, too, since they should get some immediate returns on their investment. Baertschi scored three goals in a five-game cup of java late last season and should begin the season in a promising situation on a line alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Cammalleri, at least until Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka are back in the mix for the Flames.In my book, Sven Baertschi is the Calgary Flames best young asset in the whole organization. When Baertschi becomes more accustomed to life in the NHL we could see him make the move to center and become the reliable setup man Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. This upside is why people who took Sven Baertschi in keeper fantasy hockey leagues are looking pretty smart. Throughout his hockey career Baertschi has been a gifted goal-scorer.If the Calgary Flames like what they see early on, who knows... Sven Baertschi could be rookie of the year.
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The Calgary Flames have signed veteran center Steve Begin to a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000.
It's Begin's second stint with the Flames. He played for Calgary from 1997 to 2003 after being drafted by the club 40th overall in 1996.
The 34-year-old entered camp this year on a professional tryout after taking last season off because of a hip injury.
The Canadian Press Every NHL team wants to get out of the gates quickly in the mad dash for playoff berths this lockout-shortened season. The Calgary Flames will have to try to win early and often with coaches they're still getting to know.
Only Flames forward Alex Tanguay, who played for Bob Hartley in Colorado a decade ago, has more than initial training-camp impressions of...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today they have signed centre Steve Begin.
“Steve worked very hard during camp and demonstrated that he is an effective player killing penalties, making life difficult for opposing players and providing a spark and positive energy when needed,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He earned the right to be part of our opening...
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The Calgary Flames have placed both of their current backup goalies, Karlsson and Irving, on waivers. While there is no question that Kiprusoff would be playing the majority, if not entire shortened season, the Flames to date have a large question mark...
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Most NHL teams have games to get ready for today, and with that...pregame blogs! Well, the Flames get an extra day to prepare themselves for the NHL season and I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the team, as it stands.
It has been a...
Sven Baertschi. Picture from Getty Images.
By Ryan Holmer (@RyanHolmerNHL)
The Calgary Flame’s officially begin their season tonight, as they take on the San Jose Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This past off-season brought upon a few changes to Calgary’s roster, to attempt to increase scoring and depth.
Additions: Roman Cervenka, Dennis Wideman, Jiri Hudler, Steve Begin...