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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
“We have a goal and a mission,” said Iginla. “We’ve been out of the playoffs for three years. This is going to be a shortened, intense season. We don’t need any distraction. I definitely don’t want that to be the talk.
“It’s part of hockey and you always talk about those things during a season, but I don’t want to contribute to that (distraction).”
Hence Sunday’s scheduled air-clearing.
“That’s why we felt it was best to address it in this way,” Feaster said on Day 1 of training camp. “We all recognize that Jarome is entering the last year of his deal — we fully understand the situation. But we’re not going to negotiate in public. We’re not going to talk about it publicly.”
Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports on the Flames...
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Iginla, the face of the franchise and the Flames’ all-time leading scorer, is in the final year of his contract and due to become an unrestricted free-agent after the coming season.
Considering his age — 35 — and where the team is in terms of Stanley Cup contention — long shot — the question of his plans is a biggie.
“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.
“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.
“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.
“That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Mike Cammalleri was one of 100 or so NHL players on a conference call with the players association earlier this week, consensus largely shared amongst the participants.
"What can I tell you, guys unanimously feel the same way about it and the feeling guys are saying is they've offered us nothing," said the Flames winger, following an hour-long workout with a group of peers at a midtown Toronto rink. "It just really feels like a shakedown for the players. That's kind of the feeling across the board."...
"It's disappointing that the approach for Gary [Bettman] and the ownership group has been to make these hard dates and final offers and not budging and on and on," said Cammalleri. "There's no real answer to why except 'We think we can lock you out and your careers are short and we can shake you down'. Not a good feeling."
It is business as usual for the NHL.
You can read the Board's decision here.
NEW YORK (October 10, 2012) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the Alberta Labour Board:
“We are pleased with the Alberta Labour Board’s ruling today that the lockout of Players is effective on a League-wide basis, including in Alberta, and we are extremely appreciative of the decisive manner in which the matter was handled.
“We are hopeful that this ruling will enable both the League and the NHL Players’ Association to focus all of our efforts and energies on negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to get our game and our Players back on the ice.”
TORONTO (October 10, 2012) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Alberta Labour Relations Board:
“The players are obviously disappointed with today’s decision. Unfortunately, the Alberta Labour Relations Board decided not to exercise its discretion to determine whether the owners’ lockout violates Alberta law. We will consider our further options with regard to this case.
In the meantime, the players want to play, the fans want to watch the game, and the many workers and business owners who are dependent on NHL hockey for their livelihood want the season to start. We remain committed to reaching a fair agreement at the earliest possible time and hope that the NHL begins to show a willingness to do so.”
KHL team Lev Prague has released lockout signing Jiri Hudler after the Stanley Cup-winning forward picked up an abdominal muscle problem, the team said Wednesday.
Doctors examined Hudler, a Calgary Flames player in the NHL, and found he could be out for a month with the muscle problem after already missing two games, Lev said.
Hudler played four KHL games for Lev, based in the capital of his home country the Czech Republic, making one assist and finishing with a -4 rating.
The CBC updates us with the latest labor law battle between the NHL and the NHLPA.
The Hockey News announces the teams in the #12 spot in their rankings…
12 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Why: Toronto’s shortcomings were magnified down the stretch last season as the team faded badly in the playoff race - and those shortcomings still have to be addressed. The Maple Leafs still need a bonafide, proven No. 1 goalie and fans hope that acquisition is on the way….
12 CALGARY FLAMES
Why: The Flames are your prototypical bubble team - too good to bottom out, not good enough to guarantee a playoff spot. The backbone of the team - Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff - are just getting older and without anyone else to lead the charge, Calgary seems to be moving further and further away from a No. 8 seed….
more on both teams…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Pending the landing place for Parise, we’ll see if the Wings end up coming around to a guy like Alexander Semin who has far more up-side in terms of offensive production but has all kinds of baggage linked to his compete level or lack thereof. If they go that route, perhaps they’ll be sorry they didn’t do more to keep Hudler whom they drafted with the 58th overall pick in 2002.
Should that lack of interest have been a red flag to the Flames?
That’s a moot point now. The question moving forward is whether the Flames can coax more out of Hudler, 28, over the next four years to nudge themselves back into the playoff tournament, something that hasn’t happened for three straight years. Since the lockout, they have yet to advance beyond the first round and, if you polled 100 NHL people right now, you’d be hard-pressed to find many that believe they’re capable of returning to said tournament next spring.
But GM Jay Feaster was ecstatic at the signing and pointed out Sunday that Hudler is a terrific 5-on-5 producer, netting 23 of 25 goals while at even strength. Feaster said Hudler was second only to league goal-scoring champ Steven Stamkos in five-on-five goals last season.
Calgary ranked 25th in five-on-five scoring last year and 24th overall in goals per game, so Feaster is looking for improvement on that side of the puck if the Flames are going to improve on last year’s ninth place finish.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Jiri Hudler.
“Jiri Hudler is a highly skilled and dynamic offensive player,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is one of the very best goal scorers in the NHL at even strength and he puts a very high percentage of his shots on net, generating scoring chances for himself and rebound opportunities for his teammates. He fits our need to upgrade and improve our skill and we are very pleased to have him on board.”
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