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from the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of centre Wayne Primeau to a three year contract and defenseman David Hale to a one year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from the Calgary Sun,
Post-draft rumblings point to a contract extension being all but a formality for the Calgary Flames captain.
Player agent Don Meehan confirmed yesterday he has been talking with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter about locking his client up for at least another season, which would prevent Iginla from becoming an unrestricted free agent a year from now on his 31st birthday.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Chicago defenceman Adrian Aucoin has agreed to waive his no trade clause to permit a deal to the Calgary Flames along with a seventh-round pick in 2007.
In exchange, the Flames will send defenseman Andrei Zyuzin and prospect Steve Marr to the Blackhawks.
From Eric Duhatschek,
If there was any doubt that coach Mike Keenan will have a say in Calgary Flames’ personnel decisions, it was put to rest with Friday’s first transaction of the NHL team’s new Iron Mike era.
Keenan, like his boss, general manager Darryl Sutter, has a habit of collecting his former players and the two were at it again, bringing in 33-year-old Adrian Aucoin from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Andrei Zyuzin.[..].
Aucoin a hefty $4 million for two more years. If he’s healthy, it might be money well spent. If not, then an area that was once a Calgary strength - defence - may soon become its biggest question mark.
Sources tell TSN that Chicago defenceman Adrian Aucoin has agreed to waive his no trade clause to permit a deal that would send him to the Calgary Flames.
But sources said the paperwork and formal approval of the transaction will not be completed until Friday. The deal, therefore, cannot be deemed official until then. But Aucoin is prepared, the sources said, to be a Flame and the Blackhawks and Flames have agreed on the terms.
The Flames were in the market for a defenceman and zeroed in on Aucoin.
At $4 million a season, Aucoin carries a price tag the Blackhawks were looking to shed.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
If he could script it to his liking, Iginla would end his NHL playing career with the Flames. He saw how Detroit’s Steve Yzerman stayed with one organization and how Joe Sakic is likely to retire with the Colorado Avalanche. The end game for Iginla is to go out wearing a Stanley Cup ring and only one uniform, maybe all the way to the Hall of Fame.
So if you hear those rumbles about Iginla leaving the Flames – and they could get louder this weekend what with trade rumours and NHL draft talk filling the airwaves – ignore them.
Iginla isn’t going anywhere. You can even say he’s earmarked for a long run here.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Everywhere he’s been in the NHL, people say Keenan has changed; he’s mellowed; he’s a new Mike. And then he gets into a feud and a good player (Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Trevor Linden) leaves town. At 57, is Keenan really that different than he was with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, etc.?
“Like good wine, you age and get better,” Keenan said. “Maturation brings changes. The experiences, both positive and negative, you learn from those. Hopefully, everyone changes. I’ve changed and if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have lasted or coached in the league as long as I did.
“It’s important to take stock of what you’ve done and where you’re headed.”
from George Johnson at ESPN,
The hire has implosion written all over it.
The debris field threatens to stretch all the way north to Edmonton, all the way south to Lethbridge.
The ending of this movie has the potential to mirror Jimmy Cagney in the final minutes of “White Heat,” standing at the top of the chemical plant, emptying his bullets into a gas tank and shrieking “Made it, ma! Top o’ the world!” as the mushroom cloud of fumes and fire envelops him.
Yes, “Iron Mike” Keenan is back. Harder to get rid of than a zit a day before the prom. His authoritarian jackboots traded in for a pair of cow-pie clogged cowboy kickers, bringing his blunt, uncompromising, signature style to Calgary.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“Mike Keenan’s greatest ability as a coach—I’ve seen it—is to get the maximum out of top players and our team has five or six of the top 30 or 40 players in the game,” said Sutter of his longtime associate.
“I think our top players all want it and need it. Our team has evolved from a lesser skilled team and one of the hardest working to a more skilled one that was capable of being very successful.”
Sutter said the move was made after months of evaluations that came down to the fact finishing 14 games above .500 wasn’t good enough. If not Playfair, Keenan was his only other choice.
from the CP via TSN,
The Calgary Flames have officially announced that he’ll replace Jim Playfair as head coach. Playfair is now an associate coach with the team.
“Together, they will do remarkable things for this team,” Flames GM Darryl Sutter said at a news conference Thursday.
Keenan joins his eighth NHL team as either a coach or general manager. He last worked in the league for the Florida Panthers before leaving under suspicious circumstances last season.
“I’d love to stay here and end my career here,” Keenan said.
added 5:40pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
According to Keenan, their past working relationship was a big part of the reason he took on the Flames’ job. At one point, Keenan has either coached or worked with all six of the Sutter brothers who played in the NHL.
Keenan said Sutter contacted him about 10 days ago, “to see if I was interested in coaching again. We talked for a bit and then talked for a few days after that.
“I was a little surprised, but pleasantly so, because I know Darryl so well. Once we had discussed it for awhile, I started to get the feeling that I’d like to get the opportunity to help this team. It evolved from there.”
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