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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,
So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.
Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.
The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers’ 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)
Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn’t like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.
The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).
It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.
The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed…
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Wearing down opponents seems to be the Calgary Flames’ specialty.
Pulling away from the Buffalo Sabres in the third period Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at the Saddledome, the Flames proved it again.
They own the final 20 minutes. When leading after two periods, the Flames have earned a 15-0-2 record.
With the game on the line and things tied during the second intermission, they’ve dug deep to rack up an 11-0-2 mark.
Not to mention the three times they’ve come back to win when trailing after 40 minutes—the first a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators back in October in the Music City.
One of the negative points about Brian Burke’s departure from Anaheim is that he’s not around to gruffly blast anyone who is propagating the Internet rumour about the possibility Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger will be traded to the Flames.
Even if you ignore the fact that moving Pronger makes little sense from the Ducks’ standpoint and that Mr. and Mrs. Pronger didn’t have too much fun when they were last in Alberta, how in the world are the Flames going to squeeze another $6-million man onto their payroll this year and next?
-Jean Lefebvre of Flames Insider.
from Flames Insider,
Coach Mike Keenan was present . . . explaining to assembled media why percolating gossip about the Flames chasing down veteran G Martin Gerber is poppycock: “I think it’s out of the question. I think his contract is a little heavy. So if you look at contracts and players available in that position, I think that Curtis is the best solution for us.”
more on the Flames…
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
One of the things being discussed is the future of Ottawa Senators netminder Martin Gerber. He’s been waived by the team and is expected to meet today with Sens GM Bryan Murray to figure out what happens next.
The Flames are rumoured to be considering bringing the veteran in as insurance in case workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff succumbs to a late-season injury.
According to a colleague in the nation’s capital, the belief is the Flames might be interested if the Sens are willing to pick up half of the $1.5 million left on Gerber’s salary.
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
We said it before the season started and we’ll say it again now: Enjoy Michael Cammalleri the rest of the season, because on July 1, he’ll be a Toronto Maple Leaf, making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla.
from Mike Board of CalgaryFlames.com,
Certainly he could have left the Flames for more money as a free agent. But he hasn’t. It’s like a job that is not quite complete. And a few of his mentors, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux, have all played for the same team throughout their career.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary, ” said Iginla when he signed his five-year, $35 million deal in July 2007.
With Iginla looking to lead the Flames for years to come, we thought we should get to know him just a little better and bring you 10 things you should know about Jarome Iginla.
ONE: The name
The birth certificate reads Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. Born July 1, 1977 in Edmonton. We know him as Jarome or Iggy. Opponents know him as tough and relentless. Iginla, by the way, means ‘Big Tree’ in Yoruba, his father’s native language.
via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
R.J. Umberger had a strong game with two goals and nearly a third midway through the third period. And if that wasn’t enough he was hammered from behind by Dion Phaneuf in the first period, drawing a game misconduct for boarding. Umberger smacked his cheek hard against the glass, but said he was mostly just dazed.
“I’m lucky I was so close to the boards,” he said. “If I were a little further out, I could have been in trouble.”
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
The fact that it could infiltrate the cloistered and single-minded quarters of the Calgary Flames, that history could supersede habit, says plenty.
“We can catch highlights later—that’s usually on, but this was obviously a big day in history, a special day,” Flames captain Jarome Iginla said after Tuesday’s practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We had it on all our TVs. A different beginning to the hockey day. It was good. Pretty amazing.
“It’s pretty cool how many people came out, how excited people are about it, in different countries. There was a lot of hype for his speech, and what his speech would be. He’s such a good speaker. Most of the guys, yeah, were watching it.”
Craig Conroy, one of four Americans on the roster (David Moss, Eric Nystrom, Andre Roy are the others), agreed with Iginla. It was indeed a morning like no other.
“Every TV in here—anywhere you walked in the rink—it was all him. Him!” said Conroy. “It was Obama everywhere, you could go from one room to the next. It was fun, because everyone knows it’s history. First African-American. Probably the most powerful man in the world….”
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