NHL Notebook: Calgary Flames to hire Craig Conroy as general manager, add Jarome Iginla and Dave Nonis to staff; Canada stunned in World’s

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Zach Laing
11 months ago
The Calgary Flames have a busy week ahead of them as the club is expected to name Craig Conroy the ninth general manager in franchise history.
News of that hiring broke on Sunday morning, but on Monday, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported the club would be adding other names to their managerial staff in Jarome Iginla and Dave Nonis.
While Nonis is expected to join in a senior management role, Iginla will likely be entering the mix in an advisory or consultant role for the time being.
Here’s some of what Daily Faceoff’s Anthony Trudeau wrote about the moves:
Nonis joins after nearly winning Conroy’s job and will have a major role in Calgary’s front office.
Though his stints as GM of Toronto and later as an executive in Anaheim were not terribly successful, Nonis’s experience in higher management should be valuable to Conroy, a first-time NHL GM.
Iginla’s addition is newsworthy as he is perhaps the Flames’ greatest-ever player. A quintessential power forward, Iginla holds franchise records for games played (1,219), goals (525), and points (1,095). He notched 625 career goals during one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring periods and joined the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020.
The former Ted Lindsay Award winner will return to the Flames’ employ for the first time since being traded to Pittsburgh in 2013. He will join in an advisory capacity.
Between Iginla and Conroy, who was also a beloved Flame during his playing days, Calgary’s front office will have no shortage of credibility with the team’s fans. That could be valuable in the wake of Daryl Sutter’s second stint on the Flames’ bench, which left a sour taste.
Calgary fired Sutter shortly after the departure of GM Brad Treliving, who left the team after nearly a decade at the helm. Treliving hired Conroy as his assistant in 2014, but he and Sutter left his one-time protege in a precarious position going into 2023-2024.
Calgary has much of its cap space tied into underperforming veterans Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri, and Jacob Markstrom. Those questionable contracts combine with a bevy of expiring deals to leave the Flames, who won the Pacific Division just a season ago, wondering where they stand in a rapidly-improving Western Conference.
Though Conroy brought in valuable reinforcements in the form of Nonis and Iginla, rehabbing an aging, expensive Calgary roster remains a colossal task. The 51-year-old will start by finding Sutter’s replacement.

Canada stunned at World’s

Team Canada has been stunned in the men’s World Hockey Championships after falling 3-2 to Norway on Monday.
The Norwegians took a 2-0 lead over Canada in the game, but the Canadians fought back to force overtime and eventually a shootout. There, they would fall in the shootout.
Here are some notes from Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis on the game:
  • First and foremost, Norway’s entire blueline deserves credit for their work today. Canada outshot them, but they did an excellent job of forcing Canada’s attack to the outside. They made Canada generate chances from the blueline quite often, and put three guys near the net to help clear away breakaways. In the end, it worked.
  • What a game for Jonas Arntzen, who made an impressive 31 stops. Between this, and his effort against Switzerland earlier on, all he’s had to face is quality competition and has given Norway more than they could ask for. That’s his first World Championship win, by the way.
  • Sondre Olden picked a hell of a time to score his first goal. He scored Norway’s second of the game and added another in the shootout, helping to wake him up in what’s been a quiet tournament for the forward.
  • With Canada needing something, anything to get going, Lawson Crouse (ARI) scored the tying goal for the Canadians with 11 seconds left. He led the way with six shots, including four in the final few minutes. It was fitting that he scored, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
  • Tyler Toffoli (CGY) didn’t score, but he was arguably Canada’s best player. He had five shots and was a big play driver on a team missing some talent in Joe Veleno’s absence.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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