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Roberts Hopes His Career Doesn’t End Here

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

“I’ve never been on waivers before,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s a first for me. I hope this isn’t how it ends.”
       
[Gary] Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts’ salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.
       
Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts’ team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won’t be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.

McKenzie also notes that Roberts was not told by the Lightning organization personally that he’d been placed on waivers—he found out from his brother in Toronto.

More here on the post’s 2:40pm update.

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Bertuzzi Out With Lower-Body Injury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Injuries are getting to be a way of life for the Calgary Flames.

The latest to go down is forward Todd Bertuzzi, who did not turn up for the morning skate at Scotiabank Place as the Flames prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Head coach Mike Keenan said Bertuzzi has a lower-body injury, suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was left at home for rehabilitation.

“Todd is day-to-day,” Keenan said of Bertuzzi’s status. “We’ll have to get some reports on him and then decide.”

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Flames Don’t Plan On Disturbing Team Chemistry

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Last year’s trade deadline day was nothing doing for the Calgary Flames.

Brace yourself for a repeat performance.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter said yesterday he doesn’t foresee making a bunch of deals, if any at all, before the NHL trade deadline comes Wednesday.

“I don’t see any reason to disrupt the chemistry of the dressing room unless we’re in a position to make a significant upgrade,” Sutter said.

“You try and do good work in the summer, and then, you test your team and see if they’re passing. We have a really good hockey club, so the only thing that affects us is evaluating young players if they’re ready for the stretch, injuries—which are obviously a major concern to us—and that’s it.”

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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.”

continued

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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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  Tags: kyle+wellwood, miikka+kiprusoff

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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