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The Calgary Flames Announce The Signing Of Jaromir Jagr

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract.

Jagr, a native of Kladno, Czech Republic, is entering his 25th NHL season. He is currently the leading point scorer among active NHL players and has the second most points in NHL history with 765 goals and 1149 assists for 1914 regular season points behind only Wayne Gretzky. He has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992) in addition to an Olympic gold medal (1998) and two World Championships (2005, 2010).

Jagr has won five Art Ross trophies (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (1999, 2000, 2006), the Bill Masterton Award (2016) and the Hart Trophy (1999). The thirteen time All-Star is also amongst the all-time leaders in NHL playoffs points (5th), goals (11th), assists (9th), overtime goals (T-3rd), game-winning goals (8th) and games played (T-15th).

Term: 1 Year
AAV: $1,000,000

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Calgary’s Season On Mike Smith’s Shoulders

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Jaromir Jagr may be all the rage in Calgary to start the season, but he'll have very little to do with how the team ends it.

The man with the biggest impact moving forward will undoubtedly be the team's previous elder statesman, goaltender Mike Smith.

Prior to reports of Jagr's imminent signing, it was Smith's mullet, age and freakish athleticism that dominated conversations about how much further this Flames club could progress.

Or regress.

He's that important.

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Jaromir Jagr Close To Signing With The Calgary Flames

 

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Gary Bettman And The Calgary Mayor

from Rick Bell of the Calgary Sun,

NHL commish Gary Bettman dishes the inside scoop on a mid-March sitdown he had with Nenshi and the mayor’s chief of staff.

It is in that closed-door conversation Bettman says he asked Nenshi a question and got an answer surprising and disappointing the commissioner.

“We were talking about the type of deal that was and wasn’t doable,” says Bettman.

“At one point I said: Let me ask you a question. I wasn’t being threatening. I wanted to understand. What happens if the end result of this is the Flames have to move?”

“And you know what the mayor said to me? So they’ll move.”...

Nenshi responds upon hearing of Bettman recounting the mid-March meeting.

He says his recollection is “somewhat different.”

“It is fair to say he wasn’t making any overt threats. But he certainly did say: You know, if you screw this up the Flames are going to leave and that is going to be miserable and it’ll destroy your city,” says Nenshi.

“I remember very well saying to him: That would be an awful outcome but it’s not going to destroy my city.

“He intimated it is the end of a political career if you lose a hockey team. I said: Be that as it may, we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to make the right and the fair deal for taxpayers.”

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Pay Now Or Pay Later Calgary Taxpayers

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Calgary will get a new downtown arena.

The question is whether city hall will ask taxpayers to pay for a reasonable part of it now, or pay much more for it once the Calgary Flames leave.

That is the bottom line on what is at stake here.

World-class cities need a world-class venue to host hundreds of events annually, be it major sporting events, concerts, We Day or even monster truck jams.

Nobody likes threats, but the reality is if the Flames owners eventually feel a deal simply can’t be made with the city to replace the aging Saddledome, they will sell to an ownership group in either Seattle or Quebec City.

The Flames now-dormant offer of $275 million, unveiled Thursday via newspaper ads, would obviously disappear with the team.

What would remain is the need for a new arena and a ravenous desire to try luring an NHL franchise back immediately.

Want proof?

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Now What Calgary?

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Three days before the players hit the ice, Calgary Flames ownership hit back at a mayor who tried to disingenuously use the arena as part of his re-election campaign.

Fed up with mayor Naheed Nenshi’s disinterest in trying to solve an arena problem that could ultimately send the Flames packing, team president Ken King announced Tuesday the club would no longer play along with Nenshi’s façade.

"We had an owners meeting today and have determined that we’re no longer going to pursue a new facility," said King, flanked by Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly who flew in for a hastily called owners meeting to provide answers to questions about their options.

"We’ve been meeting for months and they’ve been spectacularly unproductive and that’s unfortunate."

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The Calgary Flames Will Not Pursue New Arena

from David Blackwell of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames are no longer going to pursue a new arena in Calgary, Flames President and CEO Ken King said during a news conference with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in Calgary on Tuesday.

After months of talks with Calgary officials, King said it became clear the city has no genuine interest in helping build a new arena for the NHL team.

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A Two-Year Contract For Sam Bennett In Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year contract.

 Bennett, a native of Holland Landing, Ontario played 81 games with Calgary last season recording 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points along with 75 penalty minutes in the regular season and a pair of goals in four playoff games. As the Flames first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old forward has played 159 career NHL games, notching 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points while accumulating 112 penalty minutes.

 Term: 2 Years

AAV: $1.95M

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On Those Iginla Or Jagr Rumors To Calgary

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

After all, even with the inevitable signing of restricted free agent Sam Bennett, the Flames will have roughly $4.5 million in cap space to sign either veteran. Despite being 40 and 45, respectively, you can understand the misty-eyed allure of adding Iginla or Jagr, as both are legends.

“I don’t know where all this talk comes from — we certainly never made a statement saying we’re looking at so-and-so,” Treliving said, for the first time addressing the summertime street talk.

“Both are Hall of Famers. Nobody has done more as a player in Calgary than Jarome Iginla. You can’t help but respect them. But, this notion we’ve been in contract talks with them is rumour and I’m not going to comment on them.

“Are we going to go to camp with the group we have? Good chance. Are we poking around at a few things and could there be additions before camp? Yes. Is that a guarantee? No.

“I wouldn’t say there’s anything significant on the horizon, but we look at everything every day.”

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Morning Line- Mark Giordano

"Our goal is we think we could be a 100-point club, that's kind of what I think a lot about in the summer -- trying to manage that expectation but also have something in mind that we think we could be."

-Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames.  Aaron Vickers at NHL.com has more.

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