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“Sweat”-er Talk

from the Calgary Sun,

Having now sampled the new, high-tech togs unveiled by all 30 NHL teams this year for a handful of pre-season games, Flames players are understanding why the word sweat is in sweater.

“My undershirt is just soaked,” said forward Owen Nolan. “I find I’m changing them in between periods and a lot more frequently than before. I feel like I’m working out in a sauna.”...

“With the other ones, you had holes and got more of a breeze in there—maybe that’s why you got that drying out effect,” said blueliner Cory Sarich. “These seem to heat you up more because there’s not that two-way air flow.

“Besides, the jerseys don’t feel much different than the old ones. I don’t know if they’ve accomplished what they want. From talking to guys, I don’t feel they’re making a difference on the ice.”

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All Iginla

Jarome Iginla participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. You how important is it for you to get a few road wins under your belt right off the bat this year?

JAROME IGINLA: Yeah, I think last year was really, you know, it was tough on us to be at home and have the home record that we had, one of the top ones in the league; and then to go on the road and have one of the worst ones in the league. And then, you know, looking at it we were looking for answers the whole time.

And you know, I don’t know if we pinned it down, but I think as a group of players, I think we can all admit that we obviously have to find a way to be better. But you know, it’s not just ?? we also realize it wasn’t just bad breaks and bounces and things. There’s a lot of things to improve on. So part of it is confidence, but also it will be getting grittier and a little bit more determined and all those things. It will be nice to get off to a good start and get some good confidence and not to have to hear about the road record all year.

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Q&A with the Flames Cory Sarich

Cory Wolfe at Can West talks to Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich,

CanWest: Does Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener own more cars or cowboy hats?
Sarich: I haven’t seen his collection, but I’m going to have to guess cowboy hats. I’ve only seen him bombin’ around in his truck and anybody who has a truck has gotta have some cowboy hats out here.

CanWest: What’s the best practical joke you’ve witnessed in an NHL locker-room?
Sarich: Slitting the coffee cups. Someone took two or three cups from the top of the pile and just made a slight cut under the edge of the rim. Guys fill up their coffee cups and when they go to take a drink, it pours all over them. They get frustrated with the first cup and they’re so busy trying to figure out who did it that they grab the next cup from the pile and it happens all over again.

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Way Back When

from the Calgary Herald,

It’s not like the older defencemen ignored him completely.

It’s not like Adrian Aucoin, breaking in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, wasn’t involved.

“They’d tell me to get the beer and I’d get the beer,” says Aucoin, grinning. “I didn’t say a word. That’s the way it was. They were the best guys”—Dave Babych, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme, Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican—“and I had a great time, but it was different then.”

Craig Conroy, recalling his formative years with the Montreal Canadiens, can vouch for that.

Veterans ruled the roost—if not with an iron fist, then at least with a spiked tongue.

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Warrener In The Best Shape Of His Career

from the Calgary Sun,

“Yeah, I think so. I hate hearing guys (say), ‘Ah, I’m in the best shape ever. Blah, blah, blah.’ That basically says maybe I didn’t work hard enough in the past,” Warrener said yesterday.

“But I think you do get wiser and smarter as you go on and, as the years go by, you take better care of yourself.

“Certainly, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt at the start of the exhibition season.”

Warrener looks nowhere near his listed weight of 215 lb., and while he won’t disclose exact numbers, it’s safe to say he dropped more than the 10 pounds Jarome Iginla shed during the last off-season.

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Flames Not A Favorite Of Canadian Fans

from the Calgary Sun,

Three years after capturing the attention of the nation, the Calgary Flames are now the least-popular Canadian team in Canada.

According to a recent year-long study by Charlton Strategic Research, a meagre 5% of all Canadians aged 12-70 cited the Flames as their favourite team.

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Flames Looking For Production From Owen Nolan

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nolan was asked whether he sets goals for himself before the start of a new season.

“I do,” he said, “but I never tell anyone. I know I didn’t achieve them last year. I felt I had an all right season, but nowhere near what I think I can — and should do — this year.”

That assertion has to be music to the Flames’ ears, a team that has been looking for a long time to find a right winger to take some of the scoring pressure off captain Jarome Iginla.

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Team Bonding- Calgary Style

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla thought: With the opening of training camp still eight days away, he’d organized a boy’s weekend out in nearby Banff – something coach Mike Keenan likened to a team-building exercise, but Iginla saw mostly as an excuse to get together with the newcomers in a social setting, away from the pressures of the rink and all the attendant scrutiny.

Some players went golfing, others went fishing. Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate, according to Alex Tanguay – the day was cold and wet and sometimes, the wet stuff looked suspiciously like snow or hail. But all in all, it served the purpose – to introduce Iginla, Tanguay and other holdover mainstays to the new players on the team, Owen Nolan, Adrian Aucoin, Cory Sarich and all the rest.

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Kiprusoff Wants To Stay With Calgary

from the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has a message for Calgary Flames fans.

His top priority is to re-sign with the club.

Rumours may be swirling the star netminder wants to bolt the Stampede City in favour of a warmer locale or one with less scrutiny, but Kiprusoff said his No.-1 priority is to ink a pact with the Flames.

“That’s my first option, for sure,” he said after going through the paces of fitness testing yesterday at the Saddledome as training camp opened. “I’d love to stay here.”

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Keenan’s Ideal Atmosphere

from the Calgary Sun,

“I’m anticipating having a hungry group, and that means getting better every day, to challenge yourself as a professional every day,” Keenan replied when asked what kind of atmosphere he likes to create during training camp.

“Part of the mix is the distribution of ice time—who wants the ice time and who’s earning it. And who’s going to go after it game-in and game-out and prepare themselves to play a real intense level and continue to play that way the entire season while getting better as a group, as a team and as individuals?”

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