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The Big Hitter

from George Johnson at ESPN,

Phaneuf’s renown, however, rides on his ability to sap people of their senses. He currently sits a comfortable second in Western Conference All-Star voting among defenseman, trailing only the inevitable and unavoidable Lidstrom. And Phaneuf isn’t getting that kind of broad-based love at the ballot box for nimble poke-checks, stylish tie-ups or witty repartee.

He will develop over time and become a more well-rounded defenseman. He may even add some curly-cues to his repertoire. But what fans relish, and opposing forwards dread, is Dion Phaneuf, the Terminator.

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Keenan Vs. Kipper

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

...All is not daisies and buttercups between Iron Mike and the none-too-chipper Kipper.

The strain, hinted at on a few occasions already as the the halfway point of the NHL season approaches, is showing.

Keenan obviously wants more, and more consistently, from this franchise’s meal-ticket goaltender, who has, it must be said, been sub-par by his own towering standards for much of this season. Kiprusoff, just as obviously, isn’t over the moon about playing monkey to Keenan’s organ grinder - Pinocchio puppet to Iron Mike’s wicked Stromboli.

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Keenan Up To The Challenge

from the CP via TSN,

“It’s a challenging job and I’ve enjoyed it,” said Keenan. “Even though we had a very hard and difficult beginning in terms of working with the group and assimilating the group, I still wanted to come to the rink badly every day.

“I think the fire’s really burning right now. I’m looking forward to hopefully many more years of this yet because I’ve got that passion back again and it feels good.”

The good vibes are no doubt fuelled by the fact that Keenan’s team is among the hottest in the NHL, having recently become only the third squad in history to sweep a six-game road trip.

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Flames “Sweep” Road Trip

from the Calgary Sun,

As the Calgary Flames celebrated their victory to close out one of the most successful road trips in history, a symbol of their achievement hung from a pair of hangers hooked to the drop ceiling in their dressing room.

A large wooden broom.

It was a clean sweep.

The 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets punctuated a record-tying journey—only the 1971-72 Boston Bruins and 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers had swept six-game road trips previously—and another strong performance by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made sure it ended just as it began.

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Iginla Suggested Linemates

from the Calgary Sun,

Oh, but Iginla had a hand in that, too, having discussed the idea of putting Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius beside him with head coach Mike Keenan to mix things up a bit while the pair was slumping in November….

“I talk to Mike a fair amount, when things are good and when they’re not. Good dialogue,” said Iginla. “For a while there, as a group, we weren’t winning and we weren’t scoring a lot of goals.

“It was just an idea. It was just a small thing. Just part of one conversation.”

The fresh outlook has paid off on the scoresheet and—ultimately—in the win column. The team is 6-0-2 since the trio’s debut Dec. 1 and has amassed 39 points between them. After scoring 28 times in all of November, they’ve racked up 30 goals in eight games this month.

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Flames Can’t Stop Now

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What they need to do now is demonstrate their turnaround wasn’t just an aberration, achieved at the expense of a handful of struggling opponents, but a sign that the team is finally coming together after a rocky start. Conroy always puts it so well. When the Flames lose, they’re an old team. When they win, they’re experienced — presumably experienced enough to know that all they’ve really done is given themselves a chance to make the playoffs. The real work still lies ahead.

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Phaneuf’s Value

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the aftermath of that mammoth 12-year, $69 million contract signed by Mike Richards with the Philadelphia Flyers the other day, the question now muddling the NHL salary waters is: How high will the Calgary Flames go in getting defenceman Dion Phaneuf signed to a contract extension? For all the fuss over Richards and Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Brown and all the young players coming to the ends of their first entry-level contracts, what might someone pay to get a physical force such as Phaneuf in the line-up?

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Keenan Remembers Florida

from the Calgary Sun,

“There was a lot of scrutiny in terms of budgets and financial perameters that may or may not be there (now). I think the budget went up 10-million bucks the year I was fired as a manager,” said Keenan, who planned on building around centre Olli Jokinen and star goaltender Roberto Luongo but dealt the latter when financial negotiations failed.

“Hopefully they’re confident enough that the marketplace will turn around and support the budget they’re working ... At the time, coming out of the lockout, it was tough for an ownership group because they didn’t get the fanbase they had anticipated. I respect what they were doing but it’s difficult in those circumstances to put a team on the ice that maybe you’d like.”

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Raod Trip Could Define Flames Season

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Their lives will be a mad jumble of airports, buses, hotel lobbies and restaurants.

They’ll bump into such recognizable faces as Jonathan Toews, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Olli Jokinen, Rod Brind’Amour and Rick Nash along the way….

The Flames will either return in a little under two weeks time still very much in the mix in a Western Conference that’s looking more and more like one of those ‘50s campus stuff-the-telephone-booth fads, or find themselves staring at an empty Yuletide stocking.

Christmas is always the close of the unofficial first half of any season. A chance to stop momentarily, inhale, and take stock of what’s gone right or wrong, individually and collectively. For a team stutter-stepping along, groping around in the dark, piling inconsistency upon inconsistency, a disastrous road swing just before the spiked-eggnog break could prove catastrophic.

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Regehr Day-to-Day

via the CP,

The Calgary Flames received some much-needed good news Friday as defenceman Robyn Regehr’s foot injury was not as serious as originally thought.

After Regehr was examined Friday, a Flames spokesman said the diagnosis was a bone bruise and tissue damage in his left foot, which he sustained taking a shot off that foot in the second period of Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.

The team said following the game that Regehr had suffered a fracture.

Regehr is listed as day-to-day.

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