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Iginla Shooting For Records

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Jacques Lemaire winced at the notion.

The Minnesota Wild head coach had just put his team through the paces at the Saddledome yesterday before being told how close Jarome Iginla is to two key milestones.

As the captain and the Flames head into tonight’s clash against Minny, Iginla needs two goals to reach 400 for his career and three points to become’s the franchise’s all-time points leader, surpassing Theo Fleury.

Lemaire mockingly flinched and then replied with a wry grin: “Tell him to take his time. He’s gonna get it. There’s no rush. He’ll get it. There’s lots of games left.”

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Calgary/Anaheim Trade Rumors

From CBC:

Connolly, Morrison on Sutter’s radar?

Buffalo’s Tim Connolly or Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison, both slated for unrestricted free agency in the summer, could potentially fit the bill as second-line centre and wouldn’t be a big cap hit. The injury-prone Connolly is earning $2.9 million this season and Morrison is at $2.75 million.

Inexpensive centre Matthew Lombardi ($1.8 million) could go the other way in a potential trade. While the 26-year-old has yet to reach his full potential, he has stepped up his play with the deadline approaching.

much more on Calgary

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Keenan Not Happy With Play Of Fritsche

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Rene Bourque’s dream season won’t likely include a 30-goal milestone.

Right now, the Flames forward is just hoping to be back in action sooner than later.

Bourque scored his 21st goal of the season last night in the club’s 3-2 overtime win, but was knocked from the game in the second period with an ankle injury, assessed to be a high-ankle sprain….

Head coach Mike Keenan said Fritsche slew-footed Bourque on the play.

“Not only didn’t he get a call on it, he got a shorthanded goal,” Keenan said. “It was a disappointment, in terms of the officials just didn’t see it. We watched it on tape, which is always easier than live action.

“He’s got a very damaged ankle now. He’s going to be gone for a long time.”

more and the video below is not the best, but it does show Fritsche and Bourque colliding.

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Bertuzzi A Marked Man

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Watching Todd Bertuzzi get mugged by Alexandre Burrows Tuesday night, you couldn’t help but feel bad for the Calgary Flames winger.

Pushed, whacked and prodded by the Vancouver Canucks’ agitator into the bench, Bertuzzi tried to be the better man and get back into the play.

Jabbed some more, he looked pleadingly for a man in stripes who would see the abuse and make a call.

None came, and Bertuzzi finally had enough. He poked back and took a coincidental roughing minor with Burrows….

“Well, you know what, he’s a big brute,” said Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin.

“He’s obviously a marked man.

“I’m not complaining about the officiating, but he’s got a reputation and obviously he’s got to be careful out there. It’s got to be an obvious penalty to go the other way on him.”

read on and watch the incident below…

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A Look At The Voice Of The Flames

Peter Maher has been the radio voice of the NHL’s Calgary Flames since they moved to Calgary in 1980.

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You Have To Bury Those Kyle

from Scott Cruickshank at Flames Insider,

After stunning saves on RW Steve Bernier (left pad) and C Mats Sundin (glove), Kiprusoff had needed to lunge to his right when puck squirted over to Wellwood. The shot, seemingly into an empty net, was batted away by the back of the Flames netminder’s paddle.

Great save, right?

“Kyle got what he deserves,” said Vigneault. “I mean, he is not bearing down and had an open net. He’s shooting the puck two miles an hour. You have to bear down, you have to put your full weight into it, you have to shoot it. He might have been standing there a little bit. Obviously, it looked like the goalie made a big save, but the player didn’t have a great attempt there.”

read on and watch the save below…

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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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