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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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Big Comeback For Blackhawks

I normally do not do game recaps, but sometimes…

from NHL.com,

A comeback of historic proportions took place at the United Center on Monday night.

After allowing five goals in a span of 5:29 during the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks roared back with six unanswered tallies—capped by Brent Seabrook’s winner 26 seconds into overtime—for a wild 6-5 victory against the Calgary Flames.

It was the biggest comeback in the history of the “Original Six” franchise and came against the team the Blackhawks eliminated in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL record for the biggest deficit overcome.

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Pat Quinn Upset With ‘Dirty’ Play Of Iginla

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

But really steaming Quinn’s bean was one particular play by Jarome Iginla. Early in the second period, the Flames captain had knocked out the feet of Sheldon Souray, then landed on top of the Oilers defenceman . . . all of which drove Souray’s face into the boards, cutting him and concussing him.

Later, Iginla did answer the bell — accepting the straight-up challenge from Ethan Moreau (and even letting the Oilers captain regain his feet after he’d fallen down).

Not near enough, according to Quinn.

Not even close.

“That’s not addressing it,” huffed Quinn. “In the era I come from, you’re supposed to do dirt with dirt. You don’t give him honour (by offering to fight him fair and square). Why would you give a man honour for that kind of a play? He honoured him with a fistfight.”

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added 10:57am, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While his own coach is taking a long-term approach to re-shaping Jarome Iginla’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn is in favour of a much quicker makeover.

And he could care less about the way Iginla plays.

Iginla took out Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray’s feet as the two went into the corner, then landed hard on top of him.

The play was out of character for Iginla, but it was surely the dirty kind of move that — had Daniel Carcillo or Jordan Tootoo done it — would be routinely called “chicken-bleep” by those around the game.

“It was a freaky play — I definitely didn’t mean to do it,” he said.

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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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