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from Flames Insider,
In the aftermath of yet another fruitless start by G Curtis McElhinney — a 6-1 loss in Carolina — Flames coach Mike Keenan was at his cryptic best.
Note that there’s a certain reluctance to credit/blame McElhinney or even assess him in any way.
Feel free to decipher Iron Mike’s thoughts:
* The lack of goals on behalf of McElhinney, just a coincidence? “Well, (Cam) Ward played pretty well. We had five or six great chances in the first period. If we had scored the first goal, maybe it would have made the difference….
* In terms of McElhinney, are you concerned about the mental aspect of the game, knowing that his club has trouble scoring for him? “Well, I think our team has to really tighten up defensively and wait for opportunities. We weren’t as ready as we should’ve been.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Olli Jokinen’s first game in Flames silks. Two goals.
Jordan Leopold’s first game back in Flames silks. One goal.
It added up to a strikingly easy 5-1 triumph over the Flyers in National Hockey League action, making Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter look like a genius in the process.
“You want to get a feel for how your linemates are playing,” said Jokinen after his morning skate’s spin with Jarome Iginla and Cammalleri. “Usually, the best thing, as a player, is to keep it simple. I think the key is not to try to make pretty plays. To get a chance to play with those two guys is pretty amazing. There’s all the elements to have a good line there, you know.
“You always get anxious when you put a new jersey on . . . but it’s more exciting than nervousness.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
It’s put-up or shut-up time for Olli Jokinen.
After years of teasing and flirting with becoming a truly elite player, rather than just a solitary figure trapped in unhappy situations, Wednesday’s trade to the Flames gives him every opportunity to finally fulfil his vast potential.
His lack of leadership in the past has come into question. Well, he isn’t obliged to be a centrepiece in Calgary. No one’s looking for him to lead the charge into Joe Louis or The Shark Tank. There’s already many strong personalities inside the Flames’ room. Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, for starters. There’s plenty of insulation for him to just go out and dominate on the ice - and certainly all the ingredients are in place for that.
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Calgary and Phoenix are seriously negotiating a deal involving Olli Jokinen. McKenzie feels it’s likely a deal will be forthcoming.
We’ll update with developments and links as they become available.
Update 12:24pm ET: ESPN has more info:
Hradek (12:15 p.m. ET): A good source with knowledge of the dealings says the Flames-Coyotes are close to a deal on Jokinen. The source says the proposed deal would send Flames C Matt Lombardi and first-round pick to the Coyotes for Jokinen. Stay tuned!
added 12:40pm, Darren Dreger calling the deal done. Brandon Prust, Matthew Lombardi and a first round pick to Phoenix for Jokinen.
Update 12:44pm ET: Confirmation link at TSN.
*original post time was 11:27am ET
Reported on TSN: Colorado Avalanche Jordan Leopold has been traded to Calgary for Lawrence Nycholat, a 2nd round pick and a possible prospect.
More details to come.
Update 11:46am ET: Link now available at TSN.
This will be the 28-year old Leopold’s second tour of duty with the Flames as he played with Calgary between 2002-2006.
Leopold is making $1.5 million this season and is in the final year of his contract, meaning he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Update 11:57am ET: Specifics of the trade from a Sportsnet alert—
Calgary Flames get:
- D Jordan Leopold
Colorado Avalanche get:
- D Ryan Wilson
- D Lawrence Nycholat
- 2nd round pick (from Montreal)
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.
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.”
continue for more on the Flames…
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.”
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.”
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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