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Keenan Doing Some ‘Fine Tuning’ For Tonight’s Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Flames’ coach was asked about matching up Robyn Regehr against the suddenly red-hot Mats Sundin, he turned the conversation around and suggested he was more concerned about the Canucks’ defensive match-up against Jarome Iginla.

Specifically, Keenan charged that defenceman Willie Mitchell used an illegal stick – too long – to defend against Iginla.

Keenan was coy about whether he’d ask for a measurement against Mitchell tonight (“I would never say”), but it was clear that he was trying to ramp up the rhetoric for the game, and maybe take some pressure off the slumping Iginla.

Mitchell, for his part, laughed off the charge.

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Harvey Is 25

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

“Feb. 16, 1984: I was walking to the Saddledome with a costume that still smelled like glue in a garbage bag,” said Kelba, who’d played Ralph the Dog at McMahon Stadium for four years before convincing the Flames to give the NHL’s first mascot a shot….

Hired for $50 a game by the skeptical Flames, Kelba knew he didn’t have much time to make an impression before he’d be tossed out the door with the $4,000 costume he made.

“They didn’t think it was going to work, so they didn’t even introduce me as their mascot,” said Kelba, now 48.

“I sat down, and within a minute, some guy leaned over and said, ‘Go to hell.’ I immediately thought, ‘This is going to be tougher than I thought.’ He was tolerated or hated at best.”

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Not A Thing Wrong With Iginla

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Scoreless in his last six outings and the author of just two goals his last 18 outings, Iginla will be asked 14 different ways to account for his pause in production. Never mind the fact he has 14 points during his “slump” to remain amongst league scoring leaders—everyone wants to know “what’s wrong with Iggy?”

Given the character of the game’s ultimate captain, No. 12 will undoubtedly answer by suggesting he’d like to be scoring more and is expecting more of himself as the team’s leader.

However, the answer he should give is simple: Nothing.

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Ebbett Talks About The Phaneuf Hit

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After taking part in a loose practice session during the club’s annual “First Flight” field trip for elementary-school students Thursday at Honda Center, Ducks rookie center Andrew Ebbett talked about the hit to the head he took from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf the night before.

Sporting a broken nose, courtesy of the shot delivered by Phaneuf late in the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2, overtime victory, Ebbett considered himself fortunate he didn’t incur further damage.

“It doesn’t feel that good this morning,” Ebbett said. “Luckily, it didn’t give me a concussion or anything — I hope. The nose is just kind of throbbing.”

Ebbett related his recollection of the play near the Calgary blue line.

“I saw him coming, dumped it (the puck) by him,” Ebbett said. “I thought I had the inside track on him, to get on the inside. The last thing I saw was his arm kind of coming up. Watching the replay, it looks more like an elbow than a shoulder to me.”

continued and the only video of the hit I could find can be seen below…

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  Tags: andrew+ebbett, dion+phaneuf

Odds Are Cammalleri Will Leave Calgary

from George Johnson at ESPN,

“I like it here. I enjoy the city. This is a contending team and should be for quite a while. What’ll happen? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Cammalleri is being coy. But the Cammy Quandary is the hot topic in Calgary these days. It seems as if he has just arrived, yet already is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. On short notice, the University of Michigan product has become one of the most popular players in a town that reveres its hockey stars like Aztec gods.

But there is bad that goes with the good. He should by all rights turn in that 13 stitched on the back of his sweater for a “$$.” Every time Cammalleri scores another goal, the sound you hear in the distance is his personal cash register going ka-ching!.

That bittersweet sound must be driving GM Darryl Sutter slightly mad.

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Flames Need To Get Back To Their Style Of Play

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

Todd Bertuzzi, the Calgary Flames resident philosopher, waxed poetic Sunday about the troubles plaguing his slumbering hockey club.

``Put it this way,’’ the big brute said after a back-to-basics practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. ``We’re not a paintbrush. We’re sandpaper.’‘

The quip actually generated a few chuckles in the melancholy clubhouse as the Flames prepared for a home date Monday with the Montreal Canadiens.

``We’re coarse sandpaper,’’ defenceman Robyn Regehr said through a sloppy grin. ``I can only draw stick men, anyway. I wouldn’t be pretty with a paintbrush.’‘

In other words, the Flames need to quash any fantasies of masquerading as the NHL version of Monet or Van Gough.

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Losing Streak Just A Blip For Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames will win the Northwest Division title.

They will have the No.-3 seed in the Western Conference standings and likely win a playoff round over—let’s say, Minnesota.

For all the hand-wringing by the fans, assertive meetings by the brass and wide-eyed “what happened?” looks of the players, their three-game losing skid is just a blip on the big screen.

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Keenan Fine With Sutter Locker Room Visit

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Those close to Mike Keenan are likely the only ones who know exactly how the Calgary Flames head coach felt when general manager Darryl Sutter stepped in to lean on his players after a second straight loss on the road this week.

Steaming mad is a pretty good bet.

After the media was shuffled out and the doors closed Tuesday night for the discussion, Keenan chose to leave without speaking.

Maybe he didn’t want to say anything that would land him in the same sort of hot water his team was in.

But a day after the 3-1 loss to the Stars in Dallas, Keenan suggested he welcomes the occasional locker-room visit from his boss.

“It’s not an issue,” said Keenan. “You know you’re getting an honest message from Darryl. I’ve worked with him for a long time. I embrace his input and the group learns from it. He brings a different voice and a different perspective—he’s watching the game from above as opposed to ice level….”

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Flames Hear About Lack Of Road Wins

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

After last night’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Calgary Flames GM had the media shuffled out of the dressing room, closed the door and let his charges know losing—and how they were losing—wasn’t acceptable.

Especially away from the Saddledome.

“We’re pretty bad on the road,” said Flames centre Craig Conroy, after the doors were re-opened. “Who cares what we’re doing at home? We’ve got to do it on the road. Don’t kid yourself—we’re not where we want to be. We’ve got to be better, and to a man we believe that. Everything (Sutter) said was true.

“It’s one thing about Darryl, he tells it the way it is. We’ve won one game on the road in 31 days, and that’s not good enough.”

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Considering Kiprusoff For The Vezina

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For some reason, Kiprusoff is not getting his due around the league for the Flames fortunes.

The critics, especially those who don’t watch the unflappable Finn mind the twine for Calgary night after night, are quick to point out his higher-than-expected goals-against average (2.76, tied for 25th best in the league prior to yesterday’s action) and lower-than-usual save percentage (.905, good for 27th place).

Despite a league-leading 30 wins—which gives him a shot at becoming the first goalie in NHL history to reach 50 in a season—Kiprusoff’s success is pinned on playing for an upper echelon team nearly every game.

The argument may be valid, but Kiprusoff warrants more respect than he’s receiving.

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