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from the Calgary Sun,
“We’re trying to be more cutting edge than any other team in the National Hockey League to be successful.”
That Flames philosophy suits new head coach Mike Keenan just fine.
He’s been preaching the importance of physical fitness for years.
“It’s something that I’ve always stressed because it is measurable,” Keenan said. “It’s not the mental side of the game, where there’s a lot of variables we’re not certain about. This is an absolute.
“You have to come into camp and prepare yourself as a professional to really be able to utilize your skill set.”
With the summer campers ranging in age from 18-24, there are a few different ongoing levels of development.
from the Calgary Sun,
Last season’s surprise forward was David Moss.
Well, he was to everybody but Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter, who expected the big winger to challenge for a full-time role at training camp last fall.
This year, it could be Dustin Boyd, Andrei Taratukhin, Tomi Maki, Eric Nystrom, or maybe even Kris Chucko who carve out names for themselves in the NHL.
The latter would certainly be tracing Moss’ footsteps should he find his way into the senior Flames lineup after just one pro season following a couple of years in the U.S. college system.
Eric Godard has apparently received a one-way deal with the Calgary Flames.
From Hockey Fights.com:
hockeyfights.com has learned Eric Godard has re-signed with the Calgary Flames.
It is a one-way contract, other terms are currently unknown.
The Calgary Flames announced Thursday the signing of defenceman Anders Eriksson to a two-year contract.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Both Regehr and Iginla spoke Wednesday of the advantages of playing and living in this city. How they were deciding factors in them re-signing rather than waiting to play the open market.
To Kiprusoff, the intangibles may not be as persuasive.
Relative anonymity would seem to be something he craves, and can’t find here. This isn’t an athlete who requires constant ego-inflation, who plays the celebrity card, who strides into the glare of the spotlight and starts belting out Everything’s Coming Up Roses a la Ethel Merman.
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames announced today that the pair, considered to be a big part of the core of the team, have signed new, five-year deals that begin following the 2007-08 season. That means Iginla, the team captain, and Regehr, an assistant captain, chose not to test the unrestricted free agent market next summer.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary,” said Iginla, who turned 30 on July 1.
Regehr, who will marry fiance Christina in his home province of Saskatchewan later this month, agreed.
“Over time I have realized how fortunate I have been to play in Calgary,” said Regehr.
from the CP via NHL.com,
He heads to training camp a different player after a full comeback season under his belt. He missed two years after recovering from a serious knee injury and ended up with 40 points (16-24) in 76 games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season when he earned $1.225 million.
“I think the biggest issue I had last year was getting my timing down,” Nolan said on a conference call. “After being two years off, my timing took quite a while to come back, more than I expected. . . . Once I got that under control, I felt more free in the game, and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue this year.
“I know what to expect now, I know what the pace of the game is. I just expect to have a good year.”
The Calgary Flames have locked up a key component of their defence corps, signing defenceman Robyn Regehr to a five-year contract extension, worth $20-million.
TSN Breaking News: The Calgary Flames have signed veteran forward Owen Nolan. Sources tell TSN the 35-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract that could pay him up to $2 million including bonuses.
Update 7:55pm ET: TSN Link
from the CP via Yahoo,
General manager Darryl Sutter was trying to hammer out extensions for both Iginla and Regehr.
“I think we’re still working on the details of both of them,” Sutter said Sunday. “There’s a lot more to it than just money. We’ll get it worked out.”
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