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'You have to have the confidence in knowing you can earn a spot and play in the NHL.'

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

There's an opportunity knocking on the door.

Flames prospect Morgan Klimchuk is ready to answer it.

The 23-year-old recently re-signed with the Flames with a one-year, two-way deal, after another strong season with the Stockton Heat.

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Flames strength and conditioning coach has plan in place to help players excel in China - and when they return home to start the season

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

The 9,802 kilometres of flight distance isn't what has Ryan van Asten's attention.

It's the 9,802 back.

"Obviously it's imperative you start the regular season strong,'' says the Flames' strength and conditioning coach. "We've seen that time and time again.

"We'll have two weeks after we get back to get ourselves ready and I think that's enough.

"But you can make return jet-lag problems worse by not structuring those two weeks properly. It's going to be a busy time for everyone.

"So just prioritizing when guys play is important - that's a coaching decision, of course, but I would definitely give some advice on that.

"Certain guys are just resilient. Mark Giordano, for instance. He can pretty much do anything and he never gets fatigued.

"Other guys are on the opposite side of the spectrum and you have to really be careful.

"We have a bunch of pre-season games as soon as we get back and we know some players are more resilient than others. So you have to know when to push and when to dial back."

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'This is his time. To show us what he's all about.'

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Even for someone as innately chill as Jon Gillies, the mugginess of Indiana, an annual summer hangout spot, can be a bit oppressive.

It's already 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with 40% humidity on this Tuesday morning.

"I'm not,'' confesses Gillies, "a big heat guy."

 He has, though, been a big Heat guy, playing a major role in Stockton with the organization's top minor affiliate.

In this, his full third season pro, the aim is to be a big Flames guy.

When training camp opens in September, Gillies and AHL goaltending sidekick David Rittich are widely expected to duel for the Flames' back-up puck-blocking role in support of main man Mike Smith.

A two-year contract - at $750,000 per - so fresh the ink has barely dried on the page now finalized, the 24-year-old Gillies can continue to focus on honing his craft. 

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Calgary signed the netminder to a two-year deal


The Calgary Flames announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Jon Gillies to a two-year contract.

Gillies, a native of Concord, New Hampshire played in 11 games last season for the Flames posting a 2.88 GAA and a .896 save percentage. The 24-year-old was impressive in the 2017-18 campaign for the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League: in 39 appearances, Gillies posted a 17-16-3 record with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 SV%. Gillies has a career 12 NHL appearances under his belt sporting a 4-5-1 record with a 2.71 GAA and a .903 SV%. The 2015 NCAA Champion was drafted by the Flames in the 3rd round (75th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Contract Status: 2 Years (First Year: Two-Way/Second Year: One-Way)

AAV: $750,000

BORN: Concord, NH DATE: January 22, 1994

HEIGHT: 6'6" WEIGHT: 220 lbs.


DRAFT: CGY - 3rd round, 75th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft  

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Flames expect Lindholm's game to round out during new six-year pact

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Those back-to-front 185 feet, the toughest slog of any ascent to authentic, any-way-you-want-to-play/all-around stardom, are already in the mists behind him.

Have already been scaled.

Only 15 more to go to plant his flag at the summit.

And Elias Lindholm is preparing for a final assault.

"If you really study his game, he's been just excellent over 185 feet of the 200 feet of the ice surface,'' said Flames' GM Brad Treliving Monday, shortly after announcing that RFA Lindholm had been signed on for the next six seasons.

"It's from the hashmarks in where he hasn't produced to a level that a lot of people predicted when he was drafted.

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The forward has inked a six-year deal with the club


The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Elias Lindholm to a six-year contract. 

Lindholm, a native of Boden, Sweden was acquired by Calgary on June 23 in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes which saw himself and defenceman, Noah Hanifin become Flames. The 23-year-old was drafted fifth overall by Carolina in the 2013 NHL Draft. In his five seasons with the Hurricanes he has netted 64 goals and added 124 assists for 188 points in 374 games. Last season he potted 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 81 games.

Contract Status: 6 years                 

AAV: $4.850M

BORN: Boden, SWE DATE: December 2, 1994

HEIGHT: 6'1" WEIGHT: 195 lbs.


DRAFTED: CAR - 1st round, 5th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft

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The forward signed a one-year, two-way deal


The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Morgan Klimchuk to a one year, two way contract.

Klimchuk, a native of Calgary, Alberta, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Flames. Klimchuk made his NHL debut on February 19th of this past season. In 62 games with the Stockton Heat this season, Morgan finished second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points.

Contract status: One year/two-way

AAV: $700,000

BORN: Calgary, AB DATE: March 2, 1995

HEIGHT: 6'0'' WEIGHT: 190 lbs.


DRAFTED: 1st round (28th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft

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Joe Cirella was adept at adapting his game as a player and brings same mindset to Stockton Heat bench

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Adaptability, in most any field of endeavour, is the key to achieving objectives.

"Oh, man," chuckles Joe Cirella, in town for last weekend's Flames' development-camp at Winsport. "My first pro coaches? Well, Bert Marshall and Marshall Johnston, for starters. Both old-school guys, right?

"Then there were the Doug Carpenters, the Tommy McVies. Jim Schoenfeld. Roger Neilson. Pierre Page.

"As a young player, you had some (tough) coaches and you had guys who were very good communicators, good motivators.

"So, sure, you do pick things out, make mental notes, keep things tucked, from 'back in the day' … both good and bad.

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Goalie Schneider ready to move on to the next chapter of his career in the pro ranks

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

It's onto a new chapter. 

Nick Schneider headed into last week's Flames development camp with a different focus than in year's past.

That's because the recent WHL grad is set to take the next step in his career. 

"It's exciting knowing that I'll officially be turning pro," said Schneider. "To say I'm going pro is something new to me but I'm looking forward to everything that comes with it.

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