Akim Aliu RW MON 10 Months
The Calgary Flames have summoned Akim Aliu from the minors.
Aliu has five points and 80 penalty minutes in 27 AHL games this season. As you might have guessed, Aliu will add some grit and nastiness to the Flames, which coach Bob Hartley wants to see more of from his team.
Akim Aliu RW MON Oct 01 '12
The Calgary Flames are looking to add some truculence to their lineup and may not need to look further than their farm system with Akim Aliu and Lance Bouma.
GM Jay Feaster added some scoring to the lineup with the signings of Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka along with Sven Baertschi, but still wants to add some grit to the lineup and with the NHL in lockout mode there can be no trades so Feaster will look to Aliu and Bouma when the NHL season finally begins. "If we were in camp right now in Calgary, those are two guys we would be looking at to see if they could be the guy we were looking for," Feaster said. "Overall, we had a good off-season. We like what we were able to do on the free-agent market and we like the way our team looks. We're excited about the coaching staff, but that's the one area we clearly didn't get addressed that we wanted to."
Akim Aliu RW MON Jul 05 '12
Akim Aliu will be hoping to crack Calgary's lineup at training camp and provide some grit to a team that appears to be lacking in that category.
"You know what? Obviously, I take a lot of pride in being able to come in and be that grit guy, get under the other team's skin," he said. "But what pisses off teams most is if you can do that and also put up numbers on the scoreboard. If you combine those two things, I can be effective for the Flames. Hopefully I get an opportunity. That's all I'm asking for." Aliu had three points and 12 penalty minutes in two games with the Flames last season, so he gave the team a sneak peak at what he can bring to the table.
Akim Aliu RW MON Jul 04 '12
Akim Aliu has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Calgary.
He will earn $695,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 in the minors. Aliu notched two goals and one assist in two games with the Flames after spending most the year in the minors with Abbotsford of the AHL and the ECHL's Colorado Eagles.