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Battle Of Alberta Starts Early

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.

The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….

With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go.  Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.

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Loob Remembers The Moment

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The city had scarcely cleaned up the debris from the Stanley Cup parade in late March of 1989, though, when (Hakan) Loob announced he’d be heading back to Sweden in order for his young children, Henrik and Niklas, to grow up at home. He sacrificed a significant amount of dollars in the process.

“I come in here today and some guy had already pulled out of the screws,’’ he joked when collecting his nameplate and saying goodbye.

“My name was just hanging there, crooked. “I thought: ‘At least wait until I’m gone.’”

He was 28, at the peak of his powers.

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Morning Line

“I think the floor affects teams that aren’t doing very good at the gate, aren’t doing very good on the ice, which results in them falling into a position where they are entitled to revenue-sharing funds from teams that are doing well.

“Our plans and decisions are based as a team on the number of season ticket-holders we have, so we know what percentage of that will go towards salary and our overall budget, and what percentage has to go towards revenue sharing.”

-Flames GM Darryl Sutter.  More on the cap at CBC Sports…

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All Tough Guys

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Last season, a lack of grit among some of his Flames teammates led to Regehr bluntly calling them out more than a couple of times.

That sentiment hasn’t softened after a longer-than-expected summer.

“We moved out some really skilled players, but they were players also that didn’t fit our new philosophy as a team,” the big blueliner said yesterday, before the team took off to Edmonton for tonight’s pre-season matchup against the Oilers.

“They were also players that were a little soft sometimes, and that didn’t really bode well for us in the tough games and also in the playoffs.”

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Flames Impress Keenan With Fitness Level

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Mike Keenan isn’t an easy man to impress.

So, when he praised his players yesterday as being the fittest team he’s ever coached in the NHL, the statement carried some serious clout.

“I’m very happy. It’s the highest levels that I’ve seen in my NHL experience, as far as a team average is concerned,” Keenan said yesterday. “And, individually, the number of players in the elite is impressive and significant.

“It’s a tribute to their preparation.”

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Someone Needed To Support Iggy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla, in short, represents the one constant on the Flames. The issue is what happens when Iginla is not on the ice? How will the second line look? Is there any more secondary scoring than there was a year ago, when half-a-dozen regular forwards contributed five or fewer goals?...

Right now, coach Mike Keenan is looking at a second line that features newcomers Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque, playing with 19-year-old rookie Mikael Backlund.

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The New Bertuzzi

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The reading when Todd Bertuzzi stood atop the scale was 226 lb.

It’s been a few years since the Calgary Flames forward played at that weight.

“Uhh, I think in midget or pee wee,” he said. “I had a good year then, so ...”

New city. New team.

New Bertuzzi? At least physically.

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Bertuzzi with Iginla and Langkow in Training Camp

From the CP via TSN,

Keenan, who coached Bertuzzi when the two were with the Vancouver Canucks in the late 1990s, said he’s excited to see what the six-foot-three, 226-pound forward can accomplish this season.

‘‘He’s more experienced than when I coached him,’’ Keenan said. ‘‘He’s in a good space mentally.  He’s positive about himself and about his opportunity here he views this I’m sure as a good new start.”

Keenan confirmed he’ll test out Bertuzzi on Calgary’s top line to start training camp.

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Flames Asst. Coach Leaves For Russia

from the Calgary Flames,

Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the organization has accepted the resignation of assistant coach Wayne Fleming.

Fleming will assume the head coach position with Omsk of the Russian Continental Hockey League.

“We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions,” said Sutter. “We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time.”

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Cammalleri One Of The New Guys In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.

“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”

Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.

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