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Flames Get Down & Dirty In Practice Session

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Tossing the puck towards the faceoff dot like a lion tamer would hurl raw meat, Brent Sutter ordered two of his most ferocious beasts to do battle.

With players lined up along the centre ice circle to provide a makeshift cage, Dion Phaneuf and Brian McGrattan were summoned to the middle where they collided with considerable force.

With instructions to simply fight for the puck, the two scraped and clawed while Sutter barked at them three times to “battle.”

Following a series of violent cross-checks to one another’s backs, their 30-second war had ended with McGrattan doubled over in exhaustion and Phaneuf checking his beak for blood.

Without hesitation another puck was hurled into the circle for another two teammates to clash over….

After squandering leads in consecutive home losses, Sutter followed up a day off with the type of practice yesterday that was, quite frankly, three or four years overdue for the Flames.

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The First Month Of The Flames Season

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

THE GOOD

If Kiprusoff isn’t the team’s most valuable player for the opening month, it’s Rene Bourque.

Sniping five goals and 15 points over the first dozen games, the Lac La Biche product has easily been the Flames’ most dominant forward so far this season. He’s driving pucks to the net, throwing his weight around, and is a constant threat to score with a man-advantage or while shorthanded….

THE BAD

Iginla and Jokinen were expected to be a dynamic duo in their first full season together on the top line.

Now, they’re not even together.

Split up after failing to find chemistry as a tandem, and struggling to fit into Brent Sutter’s system as individuals, they haven’t shown signs of being the team’s best players.

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Great Offensive Play Or Bad Defense?

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

The one-man show by Wojtek Wolski — skating right in the middle of Nigel Dawes and Daymond Langkow, waltzing unmolested into the slot and firing the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff — could be shown as a “What Not to Do” video in hockey school.

“The third goal we gave up was a terrible goal to give up,” Sutter said. “I mean, everyone is standing around the ice watching someone walk into the slot and shoot the puck.

“It’s not a very good play by anybody who was on the ice.”

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Flames Will Need Goals From Jokinen

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Dating back into last season, Jokinen has scored just once in his last 23 regular-season games – not enough for a player that averaged 37 goals in each of his final three years with the Florida Panthers and was acquired by Calgary at last year’s trade deadline to provide goals.

Of course, the difference between Jokinen then and Jokinen now is evident in his shots-on-goal total. In those three years in Florida, Jokinen took 351, 351 and 341 shots respectively. Last year, split between Phoenix and Calgary, his shots plunged by more than 100 (to 236) and this year, it’s even worse. Through 10 games, he had only 17 shots in total, or about what Alex Ovechkin manages every two games.

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Another Flu Victim

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the morning of tonight’s pivotal date with the league-leading Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames centre Dustin Boyd was nowhere to be found, the latest NHL player to come down with the flu – and forced into isolation from his teammates.

This, of course, goes against the normal NHL ethic – that a player, injured or felled by an illness, attempt to play unless he is absolutely bed-ridden.

“That’s a little bit more of the old-school thinking that goes along with coaches who’ve been around for a long time,” agreed Flames’ defenceman Robyn Regehr. “For us as players, though, we don’t want guys who are sick around because even it’s one guy, he can affect the group – 20 or 22 guys.

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Misleading Stats

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Talk about numbers not telling the story.

Yes, it’s true Kiprusoff has only once surrendered two or fewer goals this season. Curiously, it was in a 2-1 defeat.

Yes, he has a goals-against average of 3.23 and a .902 save percentage.

Those are facts.

But to say he’s been struggling is dead wrong.

Through the first 10-game segment of the season, which concludes with tomorrow night’s clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Kiprusoff has been the club’s MVP.

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Iginla Back On The Offensive

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Sauntering down the press box with six and a half minutes remaining, the injured Mike Commodore glanced up from fiddling with his BlackBerry, spotting a familiar face tapping tentatively on a laptop.

“Hey, how’s it going?’’ asked the long-ago local folk hero, his trademark red fright wig/afro shorn fashionably short.

A noncommital shrug.

“Not bad. Same old.’’

“Yeah, I hear you,’’ replied the former Calgary Flame. “Same old . . . ’’

He shook his head, glanced heavenwards, in knowing resignation.

“Same old Jarome.’’

Yup, same old Jarome. At last.

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Flames Have Time To Tweak Their Game

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The Flames are in the early stages of a stretch with five games—all at home—in 20 days.

That means a golden chance for new head coach Brent Sutter to work on all the details he’s looking for within the system he’s trying to implement.

In fact, it’s like a second training camp, with a twist.

“With the schedule so condensed and so many things going on, to have five (games) in 20 days, where we can practice, it’s valuable,” said centre Craig Conroy. “It’s not so much changing things, it’s getting things down. ‘This is where you’re gonna be. This is what we’re gonna do. This is how we go.’ We’re always learning and that’s the big thing. We’re learning, but it’s starting to become second nature.

“The first eight games, we’ve had a chance to see it. But now it’s going to be more engrained and move forward. This is a great time for us.”

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Afternoon Line

“Hey, I’m not happy about the way we’re playing.  You guys got all these questions why this guy’s playing with this guy, and this guy, this guy . . . we’ve lost three games in a row and we haven’t played well in either of those three games. It’s time for a wakeup call. We need a push here — and that’s from every guy in the room.

“Every person in that room is accountable. And we need everyone to play better than they have.”

-Flames Coach Brent Sutter via Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Huge Lack Of Mental Toughness

Flames coach Brent Sutter tells it like it is after last night’s loss to the Blackhawks.

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