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Is This The End For Warrener?

from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

Rhett Warrener isn’t quite ready to call it a career.

“Until that bridge is burned and there’s no coming back,” said the ailing Flames blueliner, “you still think in the back of your head, ‘maybe I’ll end up playing.’ “

Still, there are moments the 32-year-old cowpoke from Saskatchewan—who hasn’t played a real game since March—can’t help but wonder if it’s time to ride off into the sunset. It’s an overused term, but “warrior” is an apt description for a rearguard who’s battled his entire career. But when doctors hint at drastic measures like shoulder replacement surgery, you can’t help but wonder about the value of fighting against the dying of the light.

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Ref Admits Mistake, But Was It?

via Flames Insider at the Calgary Journal,

Referee Mike Leggo took the unusual step of making a public comment Monday night after botching a call in Calgary’s 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Late in the second period, Minnesota’s Stephane Veilleux scored a goal, but the puck came out so quickly that the tally was waved off and play continued (as an aside, why can’t the nets be loose and drapey like in the old days?) Moments later, Flames defenceman Mark Giordano shot the puck over the glass.

After consulting the video goal judge, Veilleux’s goal was rightly counted . . . and Giordano was penalized for delay of game. Leggo admitted that he goofed and that the goal should have negated the penalty. Luckily for the zebras, the Wild failed to convert on that power play.

If I recall correctly, the Wings were involved in the same type of play earlier this season.  Wings were awarded a goal from a replay and Rafalski (I think) took a penalty after the goal but before play was stopped to review the goal.  I recall Ken Daniels reciting the rule stating the penalty is not wiped-out, so now I am really confused

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So-So Season For Phaneuf

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As his team readies to face the slumping Senators, Phaneuf is a study of the glass being both half-full and half-empty.

On one hand, he has just three tallies—not exactly on pace with previous seasons. He scored 20 goals in his rookie year and 17 in the last two campaigns.

On the other hand, the blueliner has 23 points, which is close to being on target for his career-high.

On one hand, he’s a minus-11, which puts him near the bottom of the league.

On the other hand, he’s tops in the NHL with an average of nearly 28 minutes of ice-time per game.

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The Tension Breaker

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Puck drop for the Calgary Flames game in Detroit was a couple of hours away.

As players milled around preparing to face the Red Wings, the tension in the dressing room was palpable.

Then Andre Roy raced through.

With an elastic serving as a head band, his T-shirt tied in the front “like a bar beer-tub girl” and his shorts pulled up in a manner that would make Daisy Duke blush, the Flames enforcer went through the room in a flash.

He then reappeared moments later as if nothing had happened….

Off the ice, the 33-year-old right-winger relishes his job to make his teammates laugh.

It’s been that way since he was a youngster, getting kicked out of class for disrupting.

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Keenan Warned The Blues

from Flames Insider,

Flames coach Mike Keenan received a boisterous round of boos Tuesday night when his image flashed up on the Jumbotron at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Iron Mike served as coach and general manager of the Blues from 1994-96, and it appears some of the faithful are still bitter over his reign — especially over the departure of several key players including Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, Al MacInnis, and Brett Hull.

“It’s kind of difficult when you’re getting marching orders to trade people,” Keenan said. “I’m not shy to tell the folks here that I was explicitly told to trade MacInnis, Hull and Shanahan to reduce the budget significantly. The team didn’t want to carry those finances.

“I told them at the time. I said, `there’s going to be a major backlash if this happens.’”

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Flames Backup Needs To Close Out A Game

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Calgary led by a pair at the near-midpoint of the third period Wednesday before the Wings flexed their muscles.

“It is disappointing,” conceded Keenan. “We had an opportunity to come out of here with two points. But in the context of the scheduling — four games in six nights and a 3:30 (a.m. arrival in Detroit because of weather delays coming out of Montreal), we’ll go home with the point and get ready for Florida (Friday at the Saddledome).”

Keenan gave rookie Curtis McElhinney high marks for his play in the first two periods but suggested the seldom-used backup showed signs of nerves in the final frame.

“That’s the next challenge for him,” suggested Keenan, “to be able to close out a game when you have a two-goal lead. It wasn’t like we had a barrage of pucks coming at us.”

more on the Flames

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Avery Stirring The Pot

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As he emerged from the dressing area at the back of the visiting dressing room, he asked if a TSN camera were present.

When he saw that it was, Avery stepped in front of the microphones, didn’t wait for a question to be asked and started talking.

“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” began Avery. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends).

“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”

And with that, Avery walked away and didn’t stick around to explain any further.

read on

Tonight’s Stars/Flames should be a good one to catch on Center Ice!

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Flames Prepare For Avery

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Dion Phaneuf is well aware Sean Avery will be coming after him tonight.

At least with his words.

Avery, one of the NHL’s premier—to put it politely—disturbers, doesn’t usually need a specific reason to verbally spar with opposing players.

Phaneuf, however, is a big target for Avery when he and the Dallas Stars take to the ice to face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

Phaneuf’s is in a relationship with actress Elisha Cuthbert, who previously dated Avery.

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Flames Improve With Better Defense

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Winning five of six games made yesterday’s “recovery day” all the more enjoyable before preparing for tomorrow’s date with the Dallas Stars.

More importantly, it’s how the Flames have swung their fortunes: Much improved defence.

“Having spoken out about it a little bit in the past, I’m very happy as a defenceman to see how far we’ve come in the last few games,” blueliner Robyn Regehr said after Saturday night’s 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. “I’m also very excited to see where we can go.”

Time will only tell whether the Flames ride this momentum to their goals—a Northwest Division title and a Stanley Cup.

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Roy Takes A High Shot &  Gives One Back

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Craig Conroy twice experienced the wrath of Patrick Roy.

On his first day on the ice as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens, a high shot in warmup brought about a confrontation with the Hall-of-Fame goaltender…

“It was actually my very first day on the ice. Patrick was on my team for the scrimmage,” said Conroy, who was a little excited in warmup and watched his first shot at Roy get away from him.

“It kept rising and hit him in the head. He kind of stopped everything, cleared off his crease, then he came out and actually punched me in the head with his blocker.

“I thought, ‘What do I do?’ He’s Patrick Roy. I’m just nobody. I didn’t throw any punches or anything. I just kind of took it and they broke it up. I was sent down (to the AHL Fredericton Canadiens) pretty soon after that.”

more from Conroy on Roy…

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