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CALGARY - The Calgary Flames did not make the playoffs for a fifth straight year. Scarpe Salomon a Poco Prezzo . The difference between this spring and the previous four is the Flames did not underachieve this time around. When since-deposed general manager Jay Feaster brought himself to say the word "rebuild" last summer, it confirmed following the departure of Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jay Bouwmeester that the Flames were going to be a lunchbucket squad until new stars emerged or were acquired. Calgary (35-40-7) finished 27th in the 30-team league this past season and second-last in the Western Conference above only Edmonton. The 77 points was the teams lowest total since 2002-03. The Flames went 19-14-1 after brawling with the Canucks in Vancouver on Jan. 18, but they were already in next-year territory after winning just nine games through November and December. The slow start opened the door to audition for the future. A dozen players made their NHL debut with the Flames this season. Calgary has a top-five pick in the NHL draft in June for the first time since 1973 when they were the Atlanta Flames. The Flames have a 10.7 per cent chance of winning the first overall pick in Tuesdays draft lottery. But in contrast with Oilers to the north — where people tossed jerseys on the ice in disgust — the Flames had more goodwill and patience from their fanbase. Calgary compensated for its lack of talent with tenacity. The Flames were involved in 49 one-goal games this season and went 25-24 in them. "The conclusion of a season that does not include playoff is a failure and we acknowledge that failure, but it was not a lost or wasted season in any sense of the word," said hockey operations president Brian Burke, who is also interim general manager until he hires a new one. "I think there were a lot of positive developments in this season that Im proud of. I think we gave (the fans) a product they enjoyed watching." Bob Hartley squeezed effort out of his group in his first full season behind the bench. The head coach has one year remaining on a three-year contract and Burke says Hartley will coach the team in 2014-15. "Once we get a general manager in place, Ill encourage that person to address that situation," Burke said. "Its not the end of the world when a coach works in the last year of his contract, but its not ideal. That will be up to the next GM." Hartley said prior to Calgarys home game "our report card still says we failed" but the coach said Monday that it was a "great day." "We decided late last year that we would get a new face to this organization. We would go with younger players," Hartley said. "From the inside — I dont know about the outside because Im not on the outside — from the inside, I saw commitment, I saw progress. Those guys gave us everything that they had." Unlike the previous four seasons when an expensive, veteran squad with stars on its roster fell short of the post-season, there was less disappointment and more optimism as the Flames packed their bags this time. With 22 goals, forward Sean Monahan became the first Flames rookie to score more than 21 since Iginla in 1996-97. The 19-year-old from Brampton, Ont., confirmed hell play for Canada in the world championships in Minsk, Belarus, next month. "Down the stretch, these last 20 games, carrying the puck, I felt more confident with the puck," Monahan said. "Thats something I want to be able to do next year, be confident with the puck, make plays and I guess produce a little bit more." Monahan and veterans Matt Stajan and Chris Butler raved about Mark Giordanos leadership skills in his first season as captain. The 30-year-old was also a key contributor on the ice with 47 points and a plus-12 rating. Giordano played himself into consideration for Canadas Olympic team. He declined the chance to participate in the world championships, saying a hand injury needed time to heal. When he was healthy, Karri Ramo played himself to No. 1 on Calgarys goaltending depth chart with a 17-15-4 record. The Finn has one year remaining on a two-year contract. "The players like him because he battles," Burke said. "I think Karri Ramo has established that he deserves to come back here as the No. 1 goaltender." Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau, who led the NCAA in scoring, signed a contract on the weekend and scored in his first NHL game Sunday in Vancouver. The players believe theyve built a foundation upon which to build for next season. All eyes turn to Burke, who he chooses as his new GM and assistant GM and how they in turn handle the draft and Calgarys cap space in free agency. "The GM search, were going to approach teams that missed the playoffs," Burke said. "If they have candidates were going to approach them today, some of them. "If we have to wait until after the draft to fill that position, we will." Burke took over as interim GM when he fired Feaster in December. Burke was brought on board in September as hockey ops president to accelerate Calgarys rebuild. His goal is to make the Flames bigger, stronger and meaner. He acquired a second- and third-round draft pick at the March 3 trade deadline, but added no players to the team. "I think truculence is part of this game," Burke said. "Everyone likes to make fun of that word because the first time I used it, a lot of people said its kind of a new word in hockey, but its not. "I think tough teams win. You look at the St. Louis Blues. Theyve been a dominant team all year. Their average weight is 208 pounds. In the West (conference) especially, if youre not a hostile team with size, youre not going to have success. We need to get bigger." Mike Cammalleri, Calgarys leading scorer and most expensive player counting $6 million against the salary cap, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 unless he re-signs with the Flames. "I dont have anything to report," the 30-year-old said. "Just had some exit meetings and talked to Brian. He said wed talk again. Today wasnt the day to talk about that sort of thing. Today was a day to address the season. I am far from having ruled Calgary out as far as my future." Butler, 27, will also be a UFA for the first time in his career. "Its a unique opportunity, being unrestricted and having control of your destiny and being able to choose potentially where you want to go," Butler said. "Its an opportunity not everybody gets and it is something you earn and you work for. "Its something Ill think about, but its still a few months away and its kind of hard to think about right now having just played last night and wearing that jersey for the last three years." Forwards Paul Byron, Joen Colborne, Lance Bouma and T.J. Galiardi are among Calgarys restricted free agents this summer. Scarpe Salomon Offerta . "I honestly dont know," he said. Try this: 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds by Rajon Rondo, a 62-37 rebounding advantage by the Celtics and a horrible 4-for-30 shooting performance on 3-pointers by the Nets. Outlet Salomon Online . Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Kings stretched their streak to seven wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. http://www.salomonoutlet.it/ . The NFL announced Friday that the Texans sixth-year veteran offensive lineman will replace Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters in the Jan.CLEVELAND – Relievers will tell you one of the things they appreciate about their roles is the near-immediate opportunity to make amends for a poor performance. Starters, when they struggle, have to live with it for five days. For Sergio Santos and Steve Delabar, two of the three men who authored one of the ugliest pitched innings in Blue Jays franchise history on Thursday night, the bounce-back chance came right away. Both were up to the task, each a significant contributor to Torontos series-opening 3-2 win over the Indians. Delabar came on in relief of starter Drew Hutchison in the sixth. Hutchison had given up a two-run home run to Carlos Santana, which turned a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit, and one out later was the victim of an Asdrubal Cabrera triple. Delabar walked David Murphy, the first batter he faced, putting Indians at the corners with one out but worse, creating the sort of uh-oh moment he was looking to avoid so soon the meltdown in Minneapolis. But then, he bore down. Delabar jammed former Blue Jay Yan Gomes with an inside fastball, inducing a pop up to shortstop Ryan Goins, before dropping the hammer on Lonnie Chisenhall for an inning-ending strikeout. The Jays escaped down only a run and wouldnt you know it, the offence responded with a two-run seventh to reclaim the lead. The bullpen would ensure the lead wasnt lost again. "Get in there and brush off whatever," said Delabar. "Like even today, whatever I did today is in the bank and we wipe the slate clean and go out there and do the same thing tomorrow." Scoreless innings from Brett Cecil and Neil Wagner followed, paving the way for Santos, who only 24 hours earlier had faced three batters, walked each of them, committed three wild pitches leading to three runs and was tagged with the blown save and the loss to the Twins. It was an eventful ninth inning. Chisenhall led off with a double. Santos bounced back to strike out Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher but, with two outs, he walked Jason Kipnis and Santana, loading the bases and creating a game-deciding showdown with Michael Brantley. Manager John Gibbons, who typically restricts his trips to the mound to pitching changes, paid a visit to his closer. He wouldnt divulge his message. "Thats between us, a manager and one of his players," said Gibbons. "We believe in him. He did a heck of a job. It got a little hairy there. I dont know how they laid off some of the pitches they did." Brantley hit a screamer to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who knocked the ball down and beat Bradley to the bag for the final out. Game over. Had it all the way, right? "I just kind of told myself on the mound, I said just try and relax and take it pitch by pitch," said Santos. "I wasnt trying to look too far ahead as far as who was coming up or what the situation might be. It was just, (Dioner Navarro) put the signs down and I just went to attack. Luckily I was able to get out of it." The win improved the Blue Jays to 4-3 on their nine-game road trip. The victory was an important one coming on the heels of a two-loss day. It also reset the bullpen, so effective prior to Thursday, on a positive track. Thats the beauty of baseball. As bad as things can seem one day is as good as things can seem the next. Lind to disabled list; Franciscos contract purchased Adaam Lind was moving around the visitors clubhouse in Cleveland better than the day before in Minneapolis but the slight progress wasnt enough to keep him off the disabled list. Salomon Scarpe Outlet. "We just decided we may as well give it the full rest and not try and push it," said Lind. "Just let it heal, fully." Lind, who has a history of back problems but nothing of significance since the 2012 season, felt his lower back tighten up in the fourth inning of Tuesday nights game against the Twins. He remained in the game until the seventh when he was lifted for pinch-hitter Josh Thole. Lind will leave the team and head to Dunedin, where hell be under the care of the Blue Jays medical staff. He expects to receive an injection in his back on Monday. His stint on the disabled list will be made retroactive to April 16, making Lind eligible to return on May 1. The Blue Jays have purchased the contract of infielder Juan Francisco to take Linds place. Francisco signed a minor league deal with the club on April 2. Like Lind, Franciscos a left-handed hitter who can play first base and designated hitter. He could also play third base in a pinch. Francisco has some pop. He hit 18 home runs in 348 at-bats for the Braves and Brewers last season. To make room for Francisco on the 40-man roster, the club transferred infielder Maicer Izturis (knee) to the 60-day disabled list. Reyes returns Saturday The Blue Jays will formally activate shortstop Jose Reyes from the disabled list in time for Saturday afternoons game against the Indians. Reyes has been out since the first inning of the season-opening game in Tampa Bay, when he aggravated a left hamstring strain that had been bothering him since mid-March. Infielder Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to facilitate Reyes return. Janssen returning to Toronto Casey Janssen will resume throwing bullpen sessions when the Jays get back to Toronto after their series in Cleveland. Hell have to go back out on a rehabilitation assignment before stepping into a big league game. "Hell have to start that all over again," said Gibbons. "I mean, think about it, he really didnt have spring training much at all anyway. Then in Montreal, when that flared up, he hasnt thrown much in the last couple of months." Janssen suffered an abdominal strain in Montreal on March 28. He appeared in only three spring games due to stiffness in the back of his pitching shoulder. Redmond unimpressed with protective cap prototype Dont count Todd Redmond among those impressed with a prototype protective cap that found its way into the Blue Jays clubhouse. "I just played catch with it," said Redmond. "Its probably a pound and a half, at least." Holding it, the prototype feels heavy enough to affect a pitchers delivery. The hat got passed around and those who put it on garnered a laugh from the assembled mass. Its heavy padding gave it a hockey helmet look. Redmond has an open mind when it comes to wearing better head protection in the wake of line drive incidents involving J.A. Happ, Alex Cobb and Brandon McCarthy. "If something comes out and it looks like a regular hat and felt like a regular hat, itd be fine," said Redmond. "I wouldnt object to it if they made it mandatory but as long as its not mandatory I dont think anybodys going to wear that." Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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