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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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  Tags: craig+conroy, jarome+iginla, todd+bertuzzi

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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Calgary Flames Sign Todd Bertuzzi, 1 Year

via press release:

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”

added 1:30pm (Paul), from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So naturally, your first thought is, what could they possibly be thinking?

How could the Calgary Flames, with their eyes wide open, possibly sign Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract with the NHL team? After all that happened — the Steve Moore incident and the persistent distraction that it had become; the decline in production, the injuries — after all that, how could the Flames assume the risk of putting Bertuzzi in their line-up next season, a year in which they legitimately think they can challenge for a Stanley Cup?

The official explanations will be coming later today, on a conference call with the general manager, Darryl Sutter, but let’s start with a couple of threads that need to be pulled.

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1:44pm ET: Bertuzzi’s salary is $1.95 million (per TSN’s tracker).

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Flames Have Changed

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

GM Darryl Sutter is not buying the theory the Flames, as they appear today, are no different from the 2007-08 squad.

“If they do that, they’re guys that are out on the golf course and write something, but don’t really know much about our team,” Sutter said yesterday.

“But that doesn’t really bother me. I fully understand how ignorant they are.”

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Reported Flames Signings: Glencross and Vandermeer

From Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,

The Calgary Flames have raided the roster of their northern rivals. The club today will officially announce the signing of Edmonton Oilers forward Curtis Glencross (see last night’s entry for more details), who scored 15 goals in 62 games this past season.

No terms yet, but one unconfirmed report suggested the deal is for three years and $3.2 million.

The Flames are also expected to announce the signing of incumbent defenceman Jim Vandermeer.

more to come

Update 12:55pm ET: The above signings have been confirmed by the Flames via press releases a few minutes ago. Additionally, the Flames also signed Peter Vandermeer.

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  Tags: curtis+glencross, free+agents, jim+vandermeer

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