News: The Flames have recalled Akim Aliu from AHL Abbotsford.
Analysis:Akim Aliu has recorded 11 points with a career-high 111 penalty minutes in 42 AHL games this season. He will give the Flames added depth at right wing.
News: The Flames have assigned Akim Aliu to AHL Abbotsford, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Akim Aliu, who saw 15:08 worth of ice time Saturday, heads back down to Abbotsford, where he has recorded 10 points and 106 penalty minutes in 39 AHL games to date.
News:Akim Aliu was recalled by the Flames on Saturday, Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS reports.
Analysis: With the Flames looking ahead to next season, perhaps Akim Aliu will see a larger role this time around with the big club.
News:Akim Aliu was assigned to AHL Abbotsford on Friday.
Analysis:Akim Aliu returned from a lower body injury Thursday and logged 4:34 against the Avalanche, but it seems the Flames decided it's best he gain experience in the AHL for the time being. The newly-acquired Brian McGrattan was recalled to take Aliu's spot on the roster.
News:Akim Aliu (lower body) is likely to play in Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
Analysis:Akim Aliu has only played in one game this season for the Flames, but managed to rack up 10 PIM before suffering a lower body injury Saturday against the Wild.
News:Akim Aliu (lower body) will not play Sunday against the Coyotes.
Analysis:Akim Aliu saw his first 4:24 of ice time of the season Saturday, along with 10 penalty minutes, but it seems he suffered a lower-body injury at some point. Little is known about the ailment, but he's considered day-to-day.
News: In his first NHL action of the season, Akim Aliu was whistled for a ten-minute misconduct in the second frame of Saturday's contest against Minnesota.
Analysis: What, did you think the team hired him for his deft passing touch? If your league emphasizes penalty minutes, he's your man on the Flames, who otherwise lack a credible enforcer.
News:Akim Aliu was called up to the Flames Thursday, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley has seen a lack of toughness from his team in recent games, and Akim Aliu was called up to add some size and scrappiness. He has a little scoring ability but is used as more of a pest to get under opponents' skin. He will likely reside on the fourth line.
News:Akim Aliu re-upped with the Flames for a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis:Akim Aliu has a decent chance of making the Flames roster in the fall, as he is a big forward that's a bit of a pest. In two games with the Flames in 2011-12, he scored two goals, an assist and added 12 penalty minutes.
News:Akim Aliu was assigned to AHL Abbotsford on Sunday, the Flames' official Twitter page reports.
Analysis:Akim Aliu scored two goals while adding an assist and 12 penalty minutes in just two games with the Flames this season. While it's hard to imagine Aliu keeping up that pace when he gets another chance in the NHL, his scoring abilities make him a player to watch going into the 2012-13 season.
News:Akim Aliu tallied twice Saturday and now has three points in two games to begin his NHL career. He also picked up 10 PIMs after being involved in a tussle with Anaheim's George Parros.
Analysis: It's been a long road to the NHL after a tumultous junior career for Akim Aliu, but he's making his presence felt quickly. Keep an eye on him during training camp, because he could be noteworthy if he breaks camp with the Flames next fall.
News:Akim Aliu has been recalled from AHL Abbotsford, the Flames' official site reports.
Analysis:Akim Aliu, who is still looking to make his NHL debut, has notched ten goals, four assists and 55 penalty minutes in 40 games for Abbotsford since joining the team in late January. He'll provide the Flames with some depth up front for their remaining two games.
News: Blackhawks center prospect Akim Aliu has struggled since his trade from London (OHL) to Sudbury. He has managed just one goal and one assist in five games after totaling eight goals and 10 assists in 16 games for London.
Analysis: Aliu signed an entry-level deal with the Blackhawks back in August, but the team opted to send him back to junior hockey instead of the AHL. He is a developing two-way player, but Aliu is still far off from his NHL debut. He remains just a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: The Blackhawks announced Monday the signing of right wing Akim Aliu to a three-year, entry-level deal. He was Chicago's third-round pick (56th overall) in 2007.
Analysis: The 19-year-old forward had a career-high 61 points (28 goals) for the London Knights (OHL) in 2007-08. Aliu notched 58 goals, 123 points and 316 penalty minutes in 160 career regular-season OHL games dating back to 2005. He made his debut in the AHL late in 2008, appearing in two games. He will likely start the season with the Chicago Wolves and is nothing more than a long-term Fantasy keeper.