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It Is Different This Time

from the Calgary Herald,

There are a couple of surefire ways for head coach Mike Keenan and Kristian Huselius to put an end to all the snarky speculation and giddy gossip about their relationship.

Keenan can simply keep tapping the Swedish left-winger on the shoulder and firing him over the boards - Huselius has averaged better than 18 minutes a night through the Calgary Flames’ first five NHL outings….

“It’s a different time now than Florida,” emphasized Huselius. “I haven’t thought about it. There’s nothing to talk about it now, I don’t think. It’s a different organization, a different team, a different situation for both of us. I’m just going to make sure I’m ready to play every night and help the team win.”

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No Fireworks Yet

from the Calgary Sun,

Although the 57-year-old bench boss had himself proclaimed he was much more mellow than his reputation would have you believe, most were skeptical.

There’s no better witness to ask for testimony than Craig Conroy, who spent some time under Keenan in arguably his most volatile tenure in St. Louis, when a feud with Brett Hull eventually led to the coach’s dismissal.

“Oh yeah. I definitely think, so far, very mellow—especially with that record the way it was, without getting a win the first three,” said Conroy, whose Flames took the day off to travel to Denver yesterday after stringing together a pair of wins on the road in Dallas and Nashville.

“I was expecting a lot—fireworks.”

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Keenan Comes Down On Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Herald,

After a Thursday afternoon’s practice in Dallas, Keenan managed to smack both his goalie and his struggling team by offering this assessment of the Detroit contest: “You most likely aren’t going to win any road game putting 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular. And our goaltender wasn’t spectacular.”...

“It’s not our responsibility to get them going,” he said. “It’s their responsibility. Jarome (Iginla) did a lot of work in the off-season to get ready and now he’s got to get his game together. And Kiprusoff, if he has notorious slow starts, that’s his responsibility to contribute to the team as he should be able to on consistent basis once the season does start. So he’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to have to do to make some improvements quickly.”

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Keenan No Bowman

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

When Bowman was coach and GM in Buffalo, he hired Keenan to coach the Sabres’ AHL farm club in Rochester, N.Y.

“I think that a lot of what I know ... I’ve learned from Scotty Bowman.”

Apparently, though, there are certain things Keenan never gleaned from Bowman’s vast hockey mind.

Such as knowing when to show up.

Bowman owned a knack for arriving to take charge of teams on the brink of success, which he did in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Lately, Keenan has acted more like a homeless coach, simply happy to have a warm bench to stand behind.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan, scotty+bowman

Fan Skates With Flames

from the Calgary Herald,

Holden: “Are you available to skate tomorrow? There’s a team that wants you to skate.”

Dutton: “Well, I’ve got some family stuff. I was kind of looking forward to the day off.”
Holden: “What if I was to tell you it was the Calgary Flames.”

Dutton: “The NHL Calgary Flames?”
Holden: “That would be the one.”

Dutton: “Uh, yeah, I’m pretty sure I could find time.”

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Phaneuf Doing His Job

from the Calgary Sun,

The numbers along Dion Phaneuf’s name on the stats sheet nearly light up.

In the season opener, the Calgary Flames defenceman fired three shots on goal, recorded five hits and collected a pair of assists—including one when Daymond Langkow deflected his powerplay point shot.

But the eye-popping digits from the 3-2 loss to Philadelphia Thursday night fall under the category of minutes played: 31:20.

“Yeah, we see the sheets,” Phaneuf said. “You play when you’re asked to play. When you get tapped to go, it’s your job to go out and do your job.

“Some nights it may be more and some nights it may be less, but when you’re asked to go, you go out and do your job.”

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Dear Coaches:

Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail has some advice for the coaches of the six Canadian teams…

Dear Mike:

I know you are new to Calgary. So I thought I might give you some insight into your Flames. You inherit a pretty good team, a playoff team. But the West is a tough conference, the Northwest is a tough division and it is important to get the most out of your guys to even ensure a playoff spot.

Something went wrong with the back end of the team last year. Goaltending is a fragile thing. Miikka Kiprusoff was not the same goalie as in prior seasons. I know this is a sensitive point, but he is no Roberto Luongo (who was the most valuable goalie in the NHL last season).

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“Singing” Mike Keenan

from the Calgary Herald,

...Anyway, they had an all-girl Western band playing. We’re having a few pops and enjoying ourselves.

“Well, by the end of the night, Mike’s up on stage, Burnsie’s up on stage. They’re both playing guitar and singing—Mike has a very good voice, I’ll have you know—with the band and the place is just going wild. That, to me, is Mike Keenan.  “A funny guy. A personable guy. That other guy, the one you hear about all the time, he’s a stranger to me.’‘

The other guy, the one you hear about all the time, is the Mike Keenan of legend. The snarling, bullying, caustic martinet capable of eliciting either undying devotion or undying scorn from his players.

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Line Of The Day

from the Calgary Sun,

“Dean is a friend of mine, but if it was Dean or somebody I don’t know, there’s no need for that.

“There’s nobody that can say, ‘I never hit anybody kinda cheap’ because you can get your elbows up or stick up, but you can’t hit somebody like that.”

Although the league has taken heat for being lenient on violent incidents, players were applauding Colin Campbell—the NHL’s disciplinarian—for taking a stand.

“It’s good the league did something,” Conroy said.

more on the suspension of Downie from Craig Conroy and other Flames too…

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  Tags: craig+conroy

Flames Sign Mark Smith

From TSN,

The Calgary Flames have signed free agent forward Mark Smith.  The 29 year-old checker had spent his entire career with the San Jose Sharks organization after being drafted in the ninth round in 1997.

Smith was hampered by injuries last season and finished with 13 points in 41 games.  He was invited to camp with the New York Rangers, but was released earlier this week.

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