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Flames Recall Backlund

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Mikael Backlund.

Backlund is coming off a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of team Sweden, and was named as one of Sweden’s Top Three players in the Tournament. Backlund finished tied for 2nd on the team with seven points (5+2), and tied for 7th overall in tournament scoring with five goals in six games. This is Backlund’s second straight silver medal after finishing second at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

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When Fighting Is Roughing

from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

Oh, how Andre Roy tried his darnedest to collect a fighting major Tuesday….

After emerging from the sin bin 120 seconds later, the antagonists quickly found each other again, once more rid themselves of the mittens and gave it another go. In Round 2, punches were thrown and punches were landed, with the last two shots being Roy lefts that stung Semenov.

“They’ll get five minutes for this one,” said Sportsnet analyst John Garrett with confidence.

Ah, but no, roughing minors were again assessed.

“When I saw the two minutes,” said Roy. “I started laughing. Is he kidding me? I don’t know, man. If that’s a roughing, I’ll take a lot more of that. I’ve seen some way (less violent) fights than that were called for five minutes.”

read on and watch the roughing penalty call below…

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Sharks Lose - More Practice Needed

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now that was a stinker.

And since I still have caffeine coursing through my system, that 5-2 loss to the Flames gets a rare post-game posting.

The news of the moment is that Todd McLellan was upset enough with tonight’s poor performance that he added a 9:15 a.m. practice to tomorrow’s schedule.

Instead of relaxing around the hotel until the 11 a.m. bus to the airport, his players now have to be on an 8 a.m. bus back to the Saddledome. And I wouldn’t be surprised if an old-fashioned bag skate is in order.

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Measuring Stick Game Tonight For Flames

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Playing against a team like San Jose will give us an idea of what our development has been since we last played them and what we have to do now to improve,” said head coach Mike Keenan, who believes that even though the Flames are now a top-six team in the league, they’re not where they want to be — yet.

“We’ve had a good stretch,” acknowledged centre Craig Conroy, who registered his 500th career NHL point on the weekend, “but we’ve got to start beating those top teams.”

Thus far, in six matches against the Sharks, Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, the Flames have just two overtime losses to show for their efforts and no victories. So Tuesday represents a statement game of sorts: a chance to show they can compete with the conference’s elite teams.

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Your Newest Lady Byng Candidate

from George Johnson of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

While sorting through candidates for the inevitable halfway-home awards selections (Malkin or Ovechkin for the Hart? Nabokov or Niklas Backstrom or Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez for the Vezina), one possibility simply leapt off the stats page, passed through the corneas and deadened the brain: Jarome Iginla for the ... Lady Byng?!...


Among the NHL’s Top 10 scorers, only NJ Devils’ sprite Zach Parise, Washington’s super-slick Nicklas Backstrom and the reigning Byng holder, Pavel Datsyuk of the Wings, have spent less time in the bin than the Flames’ inspirational captain.

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Is This The End For Warrener?

from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

Rhett Warrener isn’t quite ready to call it a career.

“Until that bridge is burned and there’s no coming back,” said the ailing Flames blueliner, “you still think in the back of your head, ‘maybe I’ll end up playing.’ “

Still, there are moments the 32-year-old cowpoke from Saskatchewan—who hasn’t played a real game since March—can’t help but wonder if it’s time to ride off into the sunset. It’s an overused term, but “warrior” is an apt description for a rearguard who’s battled his entire career. But when doctors hint at drastic measures like shoulder replacement surgery, you can’t help but wonder about the value of fighting against the dying of the light.

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Ref Admits Mistake, But Was It?

via Flames Insider at the Calgary Journal,

Referee Mike Leggo took the unusual step of making a public comment Monday night after botching a call in Calgary’s 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Late in the second period, Minnesota’s Stephane Veilleux scored a goal, but the puck came out so quickly that the tally was waved off and play continued (as an aside, why can’t the nets be loose and drapey like in the old days?) Moments later, Flames defenceman Mark Giordano shot the puck over the glass.

After consulting the video goal judge, Veilleux’s goal was rightly counted . . . and Giordano was penalized for delay of game. Leggo admitted that he goofed and that the goal should have negated the penalty. Luckily for the zebras, the Wild failed to convert on that power play.

If I recall correctly, the Wings were involved in the same type of play earlier this season.  Wings were awarded a goal from a replay and Rafalski (I think) took a penalty after the goal but before play was stopped to review the goal.  I recall Ken Daniels reciting the rule stating the penalty is not wiped-out, so now I am really confused

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So-So Season For Phaneuf

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As his team readies to face the slumping Senators, Phaneuf is a study of the glass being both half-full and half-empty.

On one hand, he has just three tallies—not exactly on pace with previous seasons. He scored 20 goals in his rookie year and 17 in the last two campaigns.

On the other hand, the blueliner has 23 points, which is close to being on target for his career-high.

On one hand, he’s a minus-11, which puts him near the bottom of the league.

On the other hand, he’s tops in the NHL with an average of nearly 28 minutes of ice-time per game.

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The Tension Breaker

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Puck drop for the Calgary Flames game in Detroit was a couple of hours away.

As players milled around preparing to face the Red Wings, the tension in the dressing room was palpable.

Then Andre Roy raced through.

With an elastic serving as a head band, his T-shirt tied in the front “like a bar beer-tub girl” and his shorts pulled up in a manner that would make Daisy Duke blush, the Flames enforcer went through the room in a flash.

He then reappeared moments later as if nothing had happened….

Off the ice, the 33-year-old right-winger relishes his job to make his teammates laugh.

It’s been that way since he was a youngster, getting kicked out of class for disrupting.

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Keenan Warned The Blues

from Flames Insider,

Flames coach Mike Keenan received a boisterous round of boos Tuesday night when his image flashed up on the Jumbotron at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Iron Mike served as coach and general manager of the Blues from 1994-96, and it appears some of the faithful are still bitter over his reign — especially over the departure of several key players including Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, Al MacInnis, and Brett Hull.

“It’s kind of difficult when you’re getting marching orders to trade people,” Keenan said. “I’m not shy to tell the folks here that I was explicitly told to trade MacInnis, Hull and Shanahan to reduce the budget significantly. The team didn’t want to carry those finances.

“I told them at the time. I said, `there’s going to be a major backlash if this happens.’”

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