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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Both Regehr and Iginla spoke Wednesday of the advantages of playing and living in this city. How they were deciding factors in them re-signing rather than waiting to play the open market.
To Kiprusoff, the intangibles may not be as persuasive.
Relative anonymity would seem to be something he craves, and can’t find here. This isn’t an athlete who requires constant ego-inflation, who plays the celebrity card, who strides into the glare of the spotlight and starts belting out Everything’s Coming Up Roses a la Ethel Merman.
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames announced today that the pair, considered to be a big part of the core of the team, have signed new, five-year deals that begin following the 2007-08 season. That means Iginla, the team captain, and Regehr, an assistant captain, chose not to test the unrestricted free agent market next summer.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary,” said Iginla, who turned 30 on July 1.
Regehr, who will marry fiance Christina in his home province of Saskatchewan later this month, agreed.
“Over time I have realized how fortunate I have been to play in Calgary,” said Regehr.
from the CP via NHL.com,
He heads to training camp a different player after a full comeback season under his belt. He missed two years after recovering from a serious knee injury and ended up with 40 points (16-24) in 76 games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season when he earned $1.225 million.
“I think the biggest issue I had last year was getting my timing down,” Nolan said on a conference call. “After being two years off, my timing took quite a while to come back, more than I expected. . . . Once I got that under control, I felt more free in the game, and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue this year.
“I know what to expect now, I know what the pace of the game is. I just expect to have a good year.”
The Calgary Flames have locked up a key component of their defence corps, signing defenceman Robyn Regehr to a five-year contract extension, worth $20-million.
TSN Breaking News: The Calgary Flames have signed veteran forward Owen Nolan. Sources tell TSN the 35-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract that could pay him up to $2 million including bonuses.
Update 7:55pm ET: TSN Link
from the CP via Yahoo,
General manager Darryl Sutter was trying to hammer out extensions for both Iginla and Regehr.
“I think we’re still working on the details of both of them,” Sutter said Sunday. “There’s a lot more to it than just money. We’ll get it worked out.”
more on the Flames…
via TSN, T
he Calgary Flames have dipped into the free agent market, signing defenceman Cory Sarich to a five-year, $18 million deal worth an average of $3.6 million per season.
The first hour of unrestricted free agency in the NHL didn’t bring any blockbuster deals, but The Hockey News reports the Calgary Flames are on the verge of giving captain Jarome Iginla a long-term contract extension.
Multiple sources have confirmed that later Sunday or Monday, the Flames will announce they have reached an agreement with Iginla on either a four-or five-year contract extension. Depending on the length of the deal, it would keep Iginla in Calgary through the 2011-12 season or the 2012-13 season.
from the Calgary Sun,
It sure is a funky coincidence the display of hockey’s stupidity is launched on Canada Day.
Today marks the start of Christmas in July. The presents—really truckloads of cash—begin being handed out all over the place
Smyth is going to be given big bucks and a long-term deal from some team. So will Drury, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart and Sheldon Souray.
It’s a good bet the Los Angeles Kings are going to dive into the market like they never have before. Likewise, Colorado will be a player and Edmonton intends to.
What about the Flames?
Well, good luck figuring it out. General manager Darryl Sutter will never tip his hand.
from the Calgary Sun,
The Flames still have a handful of pending UFAs, notably defencemen Brad Stuart and Roman Hamrlik, as well as forwards Tony Amonte, Jeff Friesen, Darren McCarty, Byron Ritchie and goaltender Jamie McLennan.
It’s unlikely any of them will sign by Sunday’s deadline.
Sutter wouldn’t discuss negotiations with any of his players but did intimate the acquisition of defenceman Adrian Aucoin is about as big a splash as he’ll make.
“We don’t have to make major changes,” he said of the upcoming UFA frenzy. “We have a very good hockey club.
“The Aucoin trade makes it that way for us.”
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