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“Obviously I’m well aware I wasn’t the most popular pickup in Calgary Flame history but at the same time I think you’ve got to give it a little time and give me a chance,” he offered. “I can’t lie to you it’s not the jersey I thought I was going to wear, but at the same time I played enough games here to know what kind of fan base and what kind of team they are.”

-Todd Bertuzzi from the CP via TSN where you can read more on the Flames…

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Death of Flames Prospect, Renaud, is Explained

From the Canadian Press,

The family of a budding hockey star who died mysteriously last winter near Windsor, Ont., says he died of an underlying heart condition.

Mickey Renaud, captain of the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, died in February at his home in nearby Tecumseh.

In a statement, his family says an autopsy determined that the 19-year-old player died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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*Previous report on KK is here.

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Memories Of Africa

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

One place, during the NHLer’s recent trip to Africa, had propsfor them to actually demonstrate—branches that crudely looked like hockey sticks.

So, using a lock for a puck, they demonstrated passing and shooting.

“I don’t know if the kids got it,” Regehr says with a chuckle, “or if they just thought we were crazy.”

Crazy or not, the memories that the Calgary Flames defenceman re-turned with from Africa will last with him forever.

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Flames Veterans Will Compete For A Job

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

“Look at our team now,” Sutter said Tuesday afternoon at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We’ve got 15 or 16 forwards, eight or nine defencemen, who are legitimate NHL players. They’re not all going to play here. So it’s a different mindset . . . there are veterans who are going to have to make our team.”

Incoming forwards include the pro-seasoned likes of Michael Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Andre Roy, Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree. Factor in knocking-on-the-door prospects such as Brandon Prust, Mikael Backlund and Dustin Boyd, and Sutter’s correct - incumbents should be nervous.

“It’s a competition thing,” said Sutter. “These veterans . . . they don’t have jobs on our team. We have a good team, but we want to be more than good.”

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Flames Hope 1st Round Pick Can Make An Impact

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Nineteen-year-old Mikael Backlund will skate with the draftees and free agents this week. But the hope is the young Swede will knock everyone’s socks off and jump from prospect to producer with the big club.

The greening of Backlund could well decide whether Calgary moves forward or falls back this coming season….

Many scouts feel he’s very close to ready.

And now you can see why GM Darryl Sutter went so far from his comfort level in selecting a European player in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Put simply, this organization desperately needs a skilled player on an entry-level contract to emerge now—not in 12 months or two years.

The core of veterans assembled in Calgary has maybe another season or so left at its peak.

At about $57.6 million in guaranteed money, the Flames have reached the salary cap.

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Andre Roy Feels Calgary Is A Perfect Fit

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

“Right away I told my agent it was a great fit,” said the 33-year-old veteran yesterday.

Actually, it is a solid match. The Flames were in need of a tough guy with Eric Godard moving on to the Pittsburgh Penguins, especially in a division loaded with heavyweights—Derek Boogaard in Minnesota, Scott Parker in Colorado, Darcy Hordichuk in Vancouver and Zach Stortini in Edmonton.

“Every team has somebody who falls into that job—except the Red Wings,” said Roy, from his off-season home in Montreal. “Calgary—it’s a tough, physical team, and that’s a perfect fit for me.”

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Flames Will Be Tough To Play Against

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Craig Conroy has a theory, and it’s likely to make Flames fans giddy with anticipation.

“We’re not in the offensive mode like we were with Juice (Kristian Huselius) and Tangs (Alex Tanguay), but we’re kind of like getting back to the team of ‘04 with grit,” said the veteran Flames centre.

“We’ll make it really uncomfortable to play against. Do you really want those guys like (Todd) Bertuzzi and Iggy coming at you and those young guys flying at you, too? I’m starting to see a lot more similarities.”

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Glencross On The Chuckwagon Tour

from Dianne Finstad at CBC,

For every chuckwagon driver that makes the loop around the track, there’s a real support crew at the barns helping with the large number of tasks involved in the sport. That ranges from looking after the high-spirited horses, to washing the chuckwagon, to mucking out the stalls.

It’s a lifestyle bred into many families, but it attracts others.

The Rae Croteau Jr. outfit has been getting a lot of attention this week because one of the hands around their barn is among the newest members of the Calgary Flames.

Curtis Glencross just signed with the Flames last week, after spending a good chunk of last season with the provincial archrivals up the road, the Edmonton Oilers. But when he’s not stick handling, he loves to be part of the chuckwagon world. It was something he did all last season, and is doing, when he can, this year.

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If Iggy Likes It

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

From the moment the Flames announced they’d signed the controversial winger, they made sure everybody who’d take notice knew full well Iginla was 100% behind it.

Smart move.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter has plenty of clout with the Sea of Red.

“In Sutter we Trust” is a seemingly non-stop mantra that’s often heard among the faithful. But even Sutter is smart enough to know Iginla’s backing holds even more weight, and would provide a better pre-emptive strike against any backlash from fans.

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Bertuzzi Excited To Play In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For all the reasons Todd Bertuzzi chose to make his NHL next stop in Calgary, the primary factor was not the money, but the opportunity — to play with Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla.

“I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I’m a Calgary Flame,” said Bertuzzi. “I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven’t talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn’t pass it by.”

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