With Roman Cervenka reportedly heading back to the KHL for the 2013-14 campaign, the experiment is over.
The Calgary Flames took a chance on Cervenka after he dominated in the KHL, but he was never able to adjust to playing in North America. That being said, his tenure with the Flames wasn't disastrous. In fact, with nine goals and 17 points in 39 games, he probably would have gotten another shot with the Flames or a different NHL team if that's what he wanted. At the same time, he highlights the risk associated with grabbing mid-20s European star that has no prior North American experience. Sometimes it works out, but drafting a player in a fantasy league with those credentials is a roll of the dice.
Roman Cervenka has reportedly signed a three-year deal to return to the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg.
He had trouble adapting to the North American game with the Calgary Flames during the lockout-shortened season. He recorded only nine goals and eight assists in 39 matches.
Leland Irving's time with the Calgary Flames is likely done.
Irving is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, and the Flames have given little indication that they feel he's part of their future plans. He had a 3.33 GAA and .883 save percentage in six games this season. Irving's agent Ritch Winter naturally sang his client's praises, both saying that Irving will become a solid number one goaltender in the NHL and would like to re-sign with Calgary. Perhaps Irving will eventually become a good number one goaltender, but we don't have high short-term expectations for him. However, that could change if he signs with a team that lacks major competition.
Mark Giordano was the Calgary Flames' nominee for the King Clancy trophy, which goes to the player "that best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community."
Giordano does a ton of charity work off the ice, from golf tournaments to working with Habitat for Humanity. He was also one of the Flames who refused to pack it in and tank for a better shot at the top pick in draft at the end of the season. The winner will be announced at the NHL awards show during the Stanley Cup final.
Matthew Stajan is happy with how he did in 2013.
"I think it was my best year personally," Stajan said. "The coaching staff showed a lot of confidence in me early in the season and gave me an opportunity. I really appreciated that and wanted to make the best of it. I felt like I did a pretty good job." Stajan had five goals and 23 points in 43 games after recording just 18 points in 61 contests in 2011-12. It's certainly a step up, but we don't anticipate him having much fantasy value in standard leagues next season.
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to add toughness and grit on the wing and at center this summer.
Feaster specifically mentioned targeting Brandon Prust when Prust was a free agent last summer. The hard-luck GM also said he'd like to add toughness down the middle and it sounded like he might be interested in moving up from the No. 6 pick into the top four selections in June's draft. Whatever the case, Feaster made it clear he wants to Flames' "rebuild" to happen quickly, which is usually not a good way to go about rebuilding a team. Time will tell if Feaster's approach is the right one.
Joey MacDonald says he's feeling better after going to the hospital on a stretcher following Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.
MacDonald returned to Calgary on Saturday and there appears to be no lingering effects from the incident. The 33-year-old netminder could be in position to compete for Calgary's starting job next season if Miikka Kiprusoff retires as many expect.