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Flames Roster Close To Being Set

from the Calgary Sun,

For a rookie, trying to find a hole in the Calgary Flames roster to wedge into isn’t easy.
There are no spots vacant for defencemen, with the top seven signed and all but one—rising star Dion Phaneuf—signed to one-way contracts.
Among the forwards, there is a glimmer of hope, but it certainly isn’t a huge opportunity.
Take a peek at the forwards already inked to contracts and you’ll see 11 on one-way contracts and another, David Moss, who scored at a 20-goal pace last season.

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Brent Krahn Gets His Shot

from the Calgary Sun,

When the NHL held its entry draft at the Saddledome back in the summer of 2000, Brent Krahn’s dreams were all coming true.
With a huge crowd of Flames supporters on hand to roar their approval, Krahn was called to the podium by the host Calgary club with the ninth overall selection.
It seemed a matter of time before the then-Calgary Hitmen netminder was about to hear those cheers regularly.
Turns out, more like a matter of a long time….
As it stands now, the Flames brain trust appears willing to give one of the team’s prospects the chance to serve as backup goalie to star netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.
Likely, it’ll mean playing only about a dozen games through the season seeing as Kiprusoff is such a workhorse, so the job description also entails plenty of work in practice and morning skates and learning the trade at the next level.

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Darryl Sutter’s Days In Japan

from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Believe it or not, Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter didn’t have what it took to get an NHL deal after he was done playing in junior. Sutter was an 11th-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 draft, which really meant that Sutter had very little chance of ever donning a Blackhawks uniform in a regular-season game.
Sutter decided that his best career move would be to forego signing with Chicago and try his luck elsewhere.
In Sutter’s case, that elsewhere was in Japan. He signed with Iwakura Tomakomai of the Japan National League and for Sutter, it was the best career move imaginable.

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Flames Developing Elite Athletes

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.

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Chucko Shooting For A Spot With The Flames

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.

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Report: Flames Give Eric Godard Contract Extension

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.

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Flames Sign UFA Anders Eriksson

via TSN,

The Calgary Flames announced Thursday the signing of defenceman Anders Eriksson to a two-year contract.

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Next Step Kiprusoff & That May Not Be Easy

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.

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Flames Secure Iginla & Regehr

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.

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New Year For Nolan

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.”

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