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Classic Brian Burke

from TSN,

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke said Monday he's glad struggling forward Sam Bennett is playing in Calgary and not facing the media scrutiny of Toronto.

Bennett picked up his first point of the season on Thursday and now owns just one assist through 16 games. The 21-year-old has been moved from centre to left wing as Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan looks to spark him toward his 18-goal form from 2015-16.

Burke said Monday the team still has full faith in Bennett to turn things around, but is glad the 2014 fourth- overall pick isn't dealing with the media circus Burke dealt with while general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

"If he were in Toronto, they would have traded him 70 times, shot him six times, condemned his parents four times," Burke said facetiously on TSN 1050's Landsberg in the Morning. "Sam has had a tough start. We really think the world of this young man and he's going to be fine....

As a whole, Burke said he believes the Toronto media has a different attitude towards their team than the media in other cities.

"The problem [in Toronto] is there's a 100 people in the dressing room after practice and when the team loses, 80 of them are picking up the biggest rock they can find. That's the problem here. There's actually a significant chunk of the media that want you to fail. We don't have that in Calgary. We don't have that in Edmonton. It's a different vibe, it's a different tone."

read on plus you can listen to the interview too...

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The New Arena Talk In Canada

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

This pouting sense of entitlement is a recurring theme across the world of professional sports, where billionaire owners have their hands out looking for taxpayer help in growing their businesses.

The whining in Ottawa is particularly distasteful because the billionaire owner in question, Eugene Melnyk, doesn’t know or care about the burden on the ordinary taxpayer because he had the wherewithal to avoid paying taxes by establishing his residence in Barbados. He rediscovered his Canadian roots two years ago when he needed life-saving liver transplant surgery.

If Melnyk needs a new arena, let him pay for it with all the money he saved by not paying taxes.

If the owners in Ottawa and Calgary aren’t happy with their arenas, there’s a new one in Quebec City crying out for an NHL team.

Bettman, who will be in Montreal this week to help celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary, could serve the game better if he stopped worrying about how Canadians spend their tax dollars and more about important issues like the rise in concussions and the anemic state of the game in places like Carolina, Arizona and South Florida.

more and a few other topics too...

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Videos- Mike Smith Gets The Calgary Flames Over The Hump Against The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Maybe all it took was a goalie who has beaten the Ducks often in the past to get the Calgary Flames to finally free themselves from the Honda Center spell.

Mike Smith was brought in to hopefully lift the Flames to the playoffs and beyond the first round but his job Monday night was simply to give Calgary a chance to break improbable and unimaginable losing streaks in a place that hasn’t been the happiest on earth.

It was a job well done.

All streaks eventually end and the Ducks’ mastery of the Flames did. Smith was largely why, making 43 saves for his first shutout with his new club in Calgary’s 2-0 win that snapped a 25-game winless drought against the host Ducks that stretched back 13 years in the regular season.

The last triumph for the Flames during the regular schedule came on Jan. 19, 2004, when the Ducks had Jean-Sebastien Giguere in their net and Roman Turek held it down for the Flames. Turek and Giguere have hung up their goalie pads long ago.

“When you play a team that long and you’re not on the winning part of it, it gets old pretty fast,” Smith said. “I know I’ve been on teams where it’s happened to me so I wanted to help this team get over that hump.”


Below, watch the extended game highlights plus videos involving Corey Perry and Kevin Bieksa...

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Video- NHL Players On Jaromir Jagr

2 1/2 minutes long.


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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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