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All Tough Guys

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Last season, a lack of grit among some of his Flames teammates led to Regehr bluntly calling them out more than a couple of times.

That sentiment hasn’t softened after a longer-than-expected summer.

“We moved out some really skilled players, but they were players also that didn’t fit our new philosophy as a team,” the big blueliner said yesterday, before the team took off to Edmonton for tonight’s pre-season matchup against the Oilers.

“They were also players that were a little soft sometimes, and that didn’t really bode well for us in the tough games and also in the playoffs.”

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Flames Impress Keenan With Fitness Level

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Mike Keenan isn’t an easy man to impress.

So, when he praised his players yesterday as being the fittest team he’s ever coached in the NHL, the statement carried some serious clout.

“I’m very happy. It’s the highest levels that I’ve seen in my NHL experience, as far as a team average is concerned,” Keenan said yesterday. “And, individually, the number of players in the elite is impressive and significant.

“It’s a tribute to their preparation.”

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Someone Needed To Support Iggy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla, in short, represents the one constant on the Flames. The issue is what happens when Iginla is not on the ice? How will the second line look? Is there any more secondary scoring than there was a year ago, when half-a-dozen regular forwards contributed five or fewer goals?...

Right now, coach Mike Keenan is looking at a second line that features newcomers Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque, playing with 19-year-old rookie Mikael Backlund.

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The New Bertuzzi

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The reading when Todd Bertuzzi stood atop the scale was 226 lb.

It’s been a few years since the Calgary Flames forward played at that weight.

“Uhh, I think in midget or pee wee,” he said. “I had a good year then, so ...”

New city. New team.

New Bertuzzi? At least physically.

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Bertuzzi with Iginla and Langkow in Training Camp

From the CP via TSN,

Keenan, who coached Bertuzzi when the two were with the Vancouver Canucks in the late 1990s, said he’s excited to see what the six-foot-three, 226-pound forward can accomplish this season.

‘‘He’s more experienced than when I coached him,’’ Keenan said. ‘‘He’s in a good space mentally.  He’s positive about himself and about his opportunity here he views this I’m sure as a good new start.”

Keenan confirmed he’ll test out Bertuzzi on Calgary’s top line to start training camp.

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Flames Asst. Coach Leaves For Russia

from the Calgary Flames,

Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the organization has accepted the resignation of assistant coach Wayne Fleming.

Fleming will assume the head coach position with Omsk of the Russian Continental Hockey League.

“We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions,” said Sutter. “We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time.”

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Cammalleri One Of The New Guys In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.

“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”

Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.

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The Calgary-Toronto Pipeline

From Mike Toth at Sportsnet.ca:

With Cliff Fletcher at the helm, the Leafs have suddenly become Ontario’s answer to the Calgary Flames, as no fewer than six members of the 1989 Stanley Cup squad have switched their allegiances from “The ‘C’ of Red” to the Blue & White. In addition to Fletcher, the architect of that Calgary triumph, Toronto’s management and coaching line-up includes Al Coates, Joe Nieuwendyk, Tom Watt, Doug Gilmour and Tim Hunter, with all of them expected to play a key role in Fletcher’s long-range plan to transform the lousy Leafs into serious contenders.

And can you really blame Fletcher for being so attracted to Flames?

After all, when Cliff exited Calgary to take over the Leafs for the first time in the early-90’s, he immediately fleeced his former team by pulling off the “Killer” trade that made Gilmour’s gang the toast of Toronto.

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Iginla Looking Forward To Season

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

“We lost some very good players that were big parts of our team—and they’re going to help the teams they went to, no question—but the people we brought in are very good also,” said Iginla of the new-look Flames.

“I’d say that we’re probably a little grittier, and maybe a little bigger, but I think we still have that skilled side.”

Too many goals against was what plagued the Flames last year, so the team hopes the grittier, defensively conscious additions will make the difference after a third consecutive first-round playoff exit.

“You’ve got to be able to play more than one-dimensional,” said Iginla.

“I think it’s gonna be great, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Flames Deliver Tickets Too

from the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames hit the streets Wednesday to make special deliveries to some season ticket holders.

Calgary Flames CEO and President Ken King. head coach Mike Keenan and Flames players Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Wayne Primeau, David Moss, Mike Cammalleri, Andre Roy, along with Flames alumni Jim Peplinski, personally delivered season tickets to Calgary Flames season ticket holders.

The Flames set out in different directions to visit Calgary residences and businesses as 20 lucky people had their ticket books delivered personally.

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