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from the Calgary Herald,
To the ticket-buying public, he’s the saviour. The biggest reason why the Calgary Flames can stake a legitimate (some days more than others) claim to being a Stanley Cup contender.
But behind the mask? Under all those pads? Who is he?
Well, he’s a funny guy. Really. Teammates say so. Coaches say so…
“Miikka,” begins Sportsnet interviewer Jamie Thomas, following Kiprusoff’s brilliant performance against Nashville on Tuesday night, “when we talked in training camp, you said you didn’t want to talk about your contract until it was done. Now that it is, what can you say?”
“Well,” deadpans Kiprusoff, “now that it’s done, I don’t want to talk about it.”.
From the CP via TSN,
Previously known for their defensive prowess, the Calgary Flames are winning more by scoring goals than keeping the puck out of their own net.
Calgary is coming off its best October since the lockout with a 6-3-3 record, which has the Flames chasing Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead.
The Flames scored 17 more goals than they did last October playing just two more games in that month this year.
The Calgary Flames have called a news conference tonight and sources tell TSN it is to announce a long-term contract extension for Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.
Sources add that the deal is worth approximately $35 million for six years, or an average annual cap hit for the Flames of about $5.8 million per year beyond this season.
from the Calgary Sun,
The stats will show Jose Theodore stole a victory from the Calgary Flames.
The feelings in the club’s dressing room are the real thief was referee Mick McGeough.
A 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames is how last night’s clash with the Colorado Avalanche will go in the books, but the hosts can’t be blamed for feeling ripped off because of McGeough’s early whistle in the middle portion of the third period.
from the Calgary Sun,
...Heading into tonight’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche with six goals and 16 points in 10 games—his best career start to a season—Iginla is the toast of the town.
“You’re trying to improve at the start of the year, knowing from you heckling me that it’s not always happened,” he said yesterday with a laugh. “So you try to improve and do things differently.”
It’s something of a misnomer that Iginla is known as a slow starter. He’s collected at least seven points to start each of the last seven seasons, and reached double digits four times in that spell.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...“He’s non-vocal,” said Keenan, the Calgary Flames’ first-year coach. “I don’t know who’s said more words yet, Kiprusoff or Langkow.”
Since Miikka (Kiprusoff, the Flames’ No. 1 goalie) is to the art of conversation what Marcel Marceau is to the world of mime, it gives you a pretty good idea of how hard it is to pry a word or two out of Langkow, on any topic, even the good ones.
Such as: How is it that after 10 NHL games, he has scored eight goals and 14 points, which leaves him in the top 10, ahead of such luminaries as Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Dany Heatley?
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Everyone was on their feet to salute the 5-3 comeback win.
Parade plans are sure to follow.
If there’s one thing these Flames have demonstrated this year, it’s resiliency.
If there’s one thing they’ve proven, it’s that no lead is safe against them. Even against the league’s top team.
from the Calgary Sun,
Keenan thought a linesman’s whistle while the game was still scoreless in the first period could just as easily have been the difference.
Robyn Regehr had just smashed Jeremy Roenick into the boards and left him frozen and dazed but still standing, as Jarome Iginla was sprung on a breakaway the other way. But the man in stripes adamantly blew his whistle.
“That could have been a turning point more than the shorthanded goal,” said Keenan, who was even more flustered Roenick waved to fans on his way to the bench. “I didn’t appreciate that he gestured to the crowd when he was supposed to be the injured player.”
more on the Flames…
From the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames forward Owen Nolan will play in his 1000th regular season NHL game, making him the 220th NHL player to reach this prestigious milestone.
Nolan signed as a free agent this past summer with the Calgary Flames, and is one of the alternate captains for the club. He will be the third player to play his 1000th game as a Calgary Flame, joining Craig Berube and Martin Gelinas.
Nolan has played on six NHL clubs during his fifteen-year NHL career: Quebec, Colorado, San Jose, Toronto, Phoenix, and Calgary.
From George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,
“Everything has changed so dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years in regards to handling players. I don’t know about Mike, but I’ve had zero success trying to make players do things. It just doesn’t work.
“You have to explain things to them now. You have to make them think what you’re trying to get across is their idea. The dictatorial days are over.
“I don’t think. There’s so much more pressure on players than before.’’ He gestured around him, to a small army of scribblers, cameras and microphones milling around. Used to be, there were half a dozen of you guys here on game day. Now there’s 20. Or more. There are appearances, community commitments.
“So much more of their time is taken away by the game. So if they show up at the rink and you suffocate them, there’s a danger of sucking the life right out of them.’‘
*MacTavish coached his 500th Oilers’ game Saturday night and shares some memories of opposing coach Mike Keenan and the Battle of Alberta)
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