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Blame The Fantasy People

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

What’s behind all the “what’s-up-with-Jarome” chatter in Calgary?

Craig Conroy has his own pet theory.

“I think a lot of it has to do with fantasy pools now,” chuckled Conroy, a longtime teammate of Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“Everybody’s got the fantasy guys ... they might have picked Jarome first overall, so they want him to get some points,” Conroy said prior to Tuesday’s win over Montreal. “But yeah, it’s always been that way. In a Canadian market, they want to see a star player play well early, so they know this is going to be a great year.”

As barometers go, this one has revealed much of the charged climate and high expectations in Flames Nation these days.

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Oilers Thinking At Least One Point, But…

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Rhett Warrener Named Scout For Flames

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager announced today that former Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener has joined the organization in a scouting position. Warrener will work closely with Director of Player Personnel Duane Sutter and Pro Scout Ron Sutter in identifying professional talent as well as assisting with the development process of prospects currently in the organization.

The former assistant captain with the Flames missed the entire 2008-09 NHL season due to a career ending shoulder injury. Over the course of a 13 year NHL career, Warrener played 714 games accumulating 106 points and 899 penalty minutes. He competed in three Stanley Cup Finals with Florida (1996), Buffalo (1999) and Calgary (2004) and played a total of 101 playoff games. Originally drafted by Florida, 27th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, he was acquired by the Flames on July 3, 2003 in a trade with Buffalo.

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Flames Looking For That Magical Season

from Eva Ferguson And John Down of the Calgary Herald,

Peter Maher, Flames commentator for the Fan 960 and the voice of the team since it arrived here in 1980, says Flames fans haven’t forgotten the magic of 2004.

And this year’s team is probably the best they’ve had since well before that run for the cup, Maher argues.

“Usually, this time of year, there’s always a lot of enthusiasm and expectation,” Maher says, “but this time there’s more.”

Maher says the arrival of new head coach Brent Sutter—younger brother to longtime team general manager Darryl Sutter—has brought much of the new-found optimism to the team, Maher says.

“Even when they brought in Mike Keenan, a lot of people never really grasped onto him. But the Sutter name—it really has that ring to it.”

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Evening Line- Part 2

“...They gave Bowman four years to get a Cup in Detroit . . . but we only had two years and I didn’t know it.”

-Ex-Flames Coach Mike Keenan.  More from Kennan by Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Theo Fleury In The HHOF?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In the short term, we can expect to see plenty of him via a book tour, a jersey retirement and likely associations with the Flames organization and a local recovery facility.

What follows should be an emotional ceremony in Toronto, where he can thank everyone from his wife/saviour Jennifer and his Cup-winning teammates of ‘89 to current and past Flames management types, including Al MacNeil, who threw his pen at the draft table and cursed the decision to draft “a frickin’ jockey” 166th overall in ‘87.

Hall-of-Fame president Jeff Denomme confirmed yesterday Fleury was eligible for induction last year by virtue of the fact it had been three years since he last played pro in Belfast.

Voters who lost track of Fleury while he spent years in New Mexico drinking and golfing can’t be faulted for overlooking the Little Big Man whose battles in life also included bouts with Crohn’s disease.

It’s time he be re-introduced to the discussion as his numbers and accomplishments dwarf those of several previous inductees.

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Stralman Traded To Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned.

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Fleury Retires

via the CP at TSN,

Theoren Fleury’s career is ending in the same place it began.

The 41-year-old has decided not to try and pursue a comeback with another NHL team, choosing instead to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames.

“I could not sign with another team,” he said. “I retire a Calgary Flame.”

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McGrattan’s Goal - Lead The NHL In Majors

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

In keeping with the wisdom of the 12 steps, Brian McGrattan lives his life one day at a time.

But that doesn’t stop the Calgary Flames winger from setting long- and short-term goals for himself.

Quite the opposite, actually.

“I want to lead the league in majors this year,” McGrattan says, peeling off his blinding yellow practice jersey. “And I think this is the right division to do it.”

The tattooed enforcer looks across the room at Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen.  “I can’t wait,” McGrattan says, “for the first guy who runs one of these guys.  “That will give me the green light to go get ’em.”

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Thoughts On Theo Fleury

The Calgary Herald quotes some of the Flames players on Theo Fleury’s departure,

I didn’t know what to expect before he came in. I hadn’t seen him in a lot of years on the ice. It was better than I had expected. If he chooses to play, there are definitely hockey teams that would love to have him. I’m sure there are. I’m not sure what his decision will be or anything like that, but I certainly wish him the best. I’m definitely proud to have been at camp with him.”

—Jarome Iginla

more players…

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