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Edmonton/Calgary Still A Hot Topic

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

George Parros is coming to the game. But he doesn’t want to talk about it?

Meanwhile, just about everybody else seems to want to talk about nothing else but Game 787 of the NHL schedule Jan. 29 in Edmonton. It’s a game that has come to stand separately from all the others on the 2019-20 NHL schedule.

The renewal of hostilities of the finally-on-again Battle of Alberta following the Oilers recent 4-3 loss in Calgary featuring heels Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian has become the featured game of the entire regular season.

Parros, the NHL Director of Player Safety, has decided his presence will be required in Rogers Place to read the riot act to both teams and particularly both players in order to prevent a riot.

In all his years as a goon, playing 10 NHL seasons with career totals of 18 goals and 18 assists and 1,092 minutes in penalties, no NHL Director of Player Safety was ever required to show up for any jackpot Parros ever managed to get himself involved.


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Video- It Was The Battle Of Alberta

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Oh boy, how we’ve missed you, Battle of Alberta.

Fast, crisp, 4-3 hockey.

Big, edgy hits, with great quotes post-game.

And a hell of a fight… Oh, wait.

“He’s just a young punk that has to figure that aspect out in the game,” Edmonton’s Zack Kassian said of Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, after another Flames-Oilers game where Tkachuk played uber-physical yet refused an invitation to fight. “It’s sad because he’s a pretty good player but he’s a (expletive).”

The truth is, Tkachuk is exactly what this latent rivalry has lacked for so long — a skating, hitting, turtling stick of dynamite that ignited the Battle of Alberta once again on Saturday. He tracked down Kassian in the first period and labelled him, sending Kassian’s helmet flying.


Watch a different kind of game highlight package below plus the HNIC panel discusses the game.

added 3:40am, below, post-game video of Kassian and Tkachuk...

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Calgary Flames Re-Sign Rasmus Andersson

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames announced today they have signed defenceman Rasmus Andersson to a six-year contract extension.

This 23-year-old blueliner from Malmo, Sweden is in his second full season with the Flames. He has three goals and nine assists for 12 points and 33 penalty minutes in 44 games this year. Andersson spent his first two professional seasons with the Flames affiliate in Stockton where he scored 12 goals along with 49 assists for 61 points and 79 penalty minutes in 110 games and was named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Game.

AAV: $4.55 million

BORN: Malmo, SWE DATE: October 27, 1996

HEIGHT: 6'1" WEIGHT: 214 lbs.

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Who Knew It Was Trade Day In The NHL?

All within the last hour.

via TSN's Trade Tracker...

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Michael Frolik Tries A Wooden Stick After Practice

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

For a while now, I’ve wanted to conduct an experiment — to see how a player who’d grown accustomed to the new stick technologies might react to using an old-fashioned wood stick. I’d had a couple gathering dust in my garage, sticks that Nike made for Mario Lemieux to use at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lemieux was a right-handed shot, but Nike manufactured the sticks in both left- and right-handed versions, and I’d saved one of each....

Good-naturedly, Frolik agreed — quite interested to see how Mario Lemieux’s old stick pattern felt in his hands.

“The new technology is all about making it lighter – and this is a heavy wood stick, heavier for sure,” reported Frolik. “But it felt good. I mean, it’s no mystery why the wood stick was a long time in the league – and in the hockey world. They were good. Probably one of the greatest players ever played with that – so it must have been good.”...

“Obviously, the curve is way different than from what I use,” he said. “It’s straighter – and the blade is shorter and the shaft is really stiff – but good for sauces and passes. Even receiving the puck from the boards, it was solid. It stays on your stick. When you’re trying to get a feel for the puck, the wood stick has a pretty good feel. You can really feel the puck. But obviously, the shot is less hard for sure.”

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Video- It Looked Offside But It Wasn’t Calgary/Carolina

via Sportsnet,

The Carolina Hurricanes appear to go offside as the puck exits the Calgary Flames zone before being brought back in by Julien Gauthier, with the goal scorer Jamie McGinn still lingering, however, the referees determine that the play was onside.

The Flames were penalized for the challenge and the Canes scored.  It went from 0-0 to 2-0 rather quickly.



Watch the goal below.

added 6:11pm, Brian Burke explains the call, watch below.

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Video- Zac Rinaldo Hit On Nikolai Prokhorkin

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

McLellan, on whether he saw the Zac Rinaldo hit:
Well, of course I did. You guys all looked at it too. I’m always asked this question after. What usually happens is one coach says, ‘I haven’t looked at it yet,’ and the other coach says, ‘you know what, I think the player was in a vulnerable position, I think that the head was targeted, I think that the weight went up and I think the feet came off the ice,’ so figure out which coach was which. [Reporter: What about the heart from Kyle Clifford standing up for Pro and the moments that followed?] It’s a team move and that’s what Cliffy does for his teammates. [Reporter: Did they get tossed because it happened during a TV timeout?] Yeah.

Watch the hit below. and then the fight...

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Matt Stajan Announces His Retirement

TORONTO (Dec. 3, 2019) – Matt Stajan has announced his retirement from professional hockey today following 14 seasons playing in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Stajan tallied 413 career points (146 goals, 267 assists) in 1,003 NHL games. After he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (57th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, Stajan played five-plus seasons in Toronto prior to being traded to the Calgary Flames, where he played over eight seasons.

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The Calgary Flames Will Have A New Coach


added 11:19am, via Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames relieved head coach Bill Peters of his duties Friday in response to allegations made by former player Akim Aliu on social media, Sportsnet has confirmed.

On Monday night, Aliu alleged on Twitter that Peters had directed a racial slur toward him “several times” while the two were together in the AHL. Aliu played for Peters when he was head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, for five games in the 2008-09 season and 48 games in 2009-10. Aliu also appeared in 13 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in ’09-10.

Since the allegation, Peters has not run a practice for the Flames and was not on the bench for their Wednesday night game in Buffalo. He also did not join the team on their charter flight back to Calgary.

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Video- Brian Burke And Elliotte Friedman On The Statement From Bill Peters

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

The Hockey Central panel go over the statement released by Bill Peters and the short media availability held by Brad Treliving.


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