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Calgary Flames Sign Michael Stone

How could they do that?

No expert here but maybe the answer is he cleared waivers before being bought out.



added 5:12pm, CapFriendly with the explanation below.

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Video- Milan Lucic Plans To Put Less Pressure On Himself

via TSN's YouTube page,

Milan Lucic admits that he put a lot of pressure on himself to succeed in Edmonton and is hoping he can relax with a fresh start in Calgary. He even goes on to say that he already feels less pressure coming into this year than he has in the past.



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Evening Line- Bill Peters On Milan Lucic

“You always hear and you read articles in the summer, everyone’s got a chip on their shoulder. Anyone who’s gotten bought out or traded have a chip on their shoulder, and they’ve got something to prove and that’s true.”

“He’s in phenomenal shape. Very driven, very realistic about where he’s at and what he has to do. I like the fact he’s wearing 17 instead of 27. I think he had some good success when he was a Boston Bruin wearing 17. Looking forward to getting him in the lineup.”

-Bill Peters, head coach of the Calgary Flames on Milan Lucic.  Mike Johnston of Sportsnet has more from Peters.

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Calgary Flames Facing Cap Issues May Have To Move Travis Hamonic

from TSN,

Travis Hamonic is tuning out trade rumours as he approaches his third season with the Calgary Flames.

Hamonic, who along with fellow defenceman TJ Brodie is entering the final season of his current contract, said Tuesday he’s simply focused on training for the upcoming season.

“I’m someone that stays away from that stuff, first of all,” Hamonic told the Calgary Sun. “I obviously really like being here and feel I fit in well with the group and the team. I think you can’t listen to any of that outside noise and have to focus on the task at hand, which is waking up every day in the summertime and getting into the gym, training. And then when that’s over with, you just try to be a dad and not let any of that outside stuff affect you... for me, I just go about my business.”

Trade rumours have swirled around the Flames this off-season as the team has just $7.76 million in cap space with restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane in need of new contracts.


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Afternoon Line- Bill Peters

"Guys are going to be hungry, guys are going to be disappointed with how it ended, and we're going to hear about it all the time. Throughout the regular season, that's going to be the narrative, right? It's going to be, 'What are you going to do in the playoffs?'

'It's the same team,' this, that and the other.

"The night of the banner ceremony, that'll give it closure. Then, it's about getting ready to have a quality year once again and make the playoffs. The thing that people have to remember is that you still have to qualify for the playoffs, and when we hit the playoffs, we've got to be better prepared.

"What we're going to have to do is, A) Qualify, and B) Prove people wrong."

-Bill Peters, head coach of the Calgary Frlames.  Ryan Dittrick of CalgaryFlames.com has more from Peters.

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A Reflective Cam Talbot

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

On Dec. 27, the Calgary Flames will make the three-hour trek north for their first meeting with Talbot’s former club, the Edmonton Oilers — payors of his most significant contract and granters of his first real shot to stick as a starter in the National Hockey League.

"It’s kinda weird we don’t play till December," says Talbot, now finding himself aligned with the southern front of the Battle of Alberta. "It’s always been a heated rivalry, and I’ve been part of it for four years. It’s always an exciting time. I’m excited for the opportunity to switch sides."...

The last line of defence on a young club blessed with the most exhilarating forward in a lightyear, Talbot’s Oilers weren’t supposed to only qualify for the post-season once in his tenure.

He certainly wasn’t supposed to fumble hold of the starter’s gig to an unproven KHL import in his 30s, nor post a career-worst .892 save percentage and 3.40 goals-against average — the worst stat line of any NHL goaltender who played at least 30 games in 2018-19.

Nor was he supposed to be rented for spare parts to Philadelphia, where veteran goalies get recycled like every other Tuesday morning. Or watch his salary plummet from a career-high $4.2 million to less than $3 million.

"A perfect storm. Injuries to key players on the team. Some things went not so well for myself," says the Caledonia, Ont., native when we speak to him in Toronto. He’d much rather focus forward than pick apart the past.

"Once you start overthinking things, you’re not playing your game. You’re trying to do too much. I’ve taken some time this summer to step back and do what’s made me successful. Heading into training camp, I’ll be ready to play."

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Video- Previewing The Calgary Flames

7 minutes to watch,


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A New Start For Milan Lucic

from Sportsnet,

Milan Lucic couldn’t fathom the idea of being traded to an in-province rival, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this summer when the Edmonton Oilers sent the power forward to the Calgary Flames for James Neal.

After consulting with those closest to him, including his wife, agent, plus several former teammates such as retired Flames captain Jarome Iginla, Lucic agreed to the move and is now optimistic about the upcoming 2019-20 season.

“I think the main thing for me was just getting a fresh start,” Lucic told Sportsnet 960 Thursday.

“Coming to a good team, a veteran team, a team that took a big step in the right direction last year, for myself, it’s just coming in and just helping. I’m not coming in looking to be some saviour or anything like that. I don’t think it was like that going into Edmonton as well, but in Edmonton I think I put a little too much pressure on myself to be this leader, power forward, goal scorer, all this type of stuff. I think I put too much on my plate, too much for me to handle.”


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Calgary Council Approves New Arena Deal

from Meghan Potkins of the Calgary Herald,

Calgary city council has voted to ratify an agreement that will see the construction of a new $550-million arena that will be home to the Calgary Flames for the next 35 years, just eight days after details of the proposal were made public.

Council voted 11-4 in favour of the deal. Only councillors Evan Woolley, Druh Farrell, Jeromy Farkas and George Chahal were opposed.


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The Latest On A New Arena For The Calgary Flames

from the Calgary Flames,

The City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited confirmed today that they have agreed to fundamental terms and conditions for the development and construction of a new public sports and entertainment event centre.

The agreement lays out the terms of a partnership that will see the creation of facilities to serve as public gathering places for significant events, attract world-leading performing artists and serve as a new home to the Calgary Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks. In addition to the new event centre, the vision for the area adjacent to the facility includes a purpose-built outdoor festival space and infrastructure enhancements to Stampede Park, all of which will serve as a catalyst for the development of Calgary's Culture and Entertainment District.  


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