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Crazy Game Tonight- Flames vs. Detroit

Wings take a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, Flames score 3 goals a little over 2 minutus apart to take a 5-4 lead.  Wings tie it up late to force OT.

Flames win in a shootout.

Check the shots on goal and full boxscore at TSN.

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Concern In Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Two straight losses to clubs sitting outside the playoff picture can bring about a reaction from the fans.

The Flames can understand a bit of panic on the snowy and cold streets of Calgary these days.

In the room?

“No, not yet, anyway,” said defenceman Jim Vandermeer after yesterday’s practice in preparation for tonight’s clash with the New Jersey Devils.

“There’s definitely concern, but we still know we’re a good team. These kind of things happen. We lost a couple of guys and have to work some guys in, so I think it’s working out the kinks.

“It’ll take a bit of time, but to make it as short of a time as possible, we all have to bear down.”

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Drawn To The Flames

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Every year this seems to happen to me: the Calgary Flames and the specter of their playoff potential draws me in. In past years, I liked the Flames from the outset, only to see them exit from postseason existence much earlier than anticipated. I felt jilted last year when they performed as a middle-tier team (14th overall, 16th defensively, 19th on the power play and 20th on the PK) and then had the San Jose Sharks unceremoniously bounce them in the first round.

This year, I kept my distance…

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Bruins Following In The Flames Footsteps

from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,

The 2003-04 Calgary Flames were a rags-to-riches hockey story if ever there was one.

The Flames captured the imagination of a hockey-crazed city when they dragged themselves from a last place divisional finish one season prior to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals….

Not surprisingly, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli always admired Sutter’s handiwork and the way he crafted that particular Flames team with a mixture of big-hearted grinders and skilled skaters all willing to take an occasional walk on the hockey wild side.

“I certainly liked Daryl Sutter as a person, I liked him as a player and I like him as a GM,” said Chiarelli. “I watched him coach and build teams, and he likes players that are like him. I think those players that he liked and could play for him are also the kind of players that make good Boston Bruins players….”

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Keenan Asked Questions, But Does He Answer Them?

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.

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Fun Times For Calgary

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.”

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The Time Is Now For Jokinen

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.

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Updated: Calgary Acquires Olli Jokinen

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

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Jordan Leopold to Calgary

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)

 

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Roberts Hopes His Career Doesn’t End Here

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.

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