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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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Chances Of A Canadian Team Winning The Cup

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

I think Canada has two legitimate shots at winning the Cup – the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames – and a third team, the Montreal Canadiens, who are a wild card.

First, the Canucks.

The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, have taken their game to a new level and were quite deserving of the long-term deals they signed with the team in the summer. I used to believe they ranked somewhere between low-end first-liners or high-end second-liners, but now I believe they are the type of players you can win with.

Beyond that, general manager Mike Gillis has done an excellent job of surrounding the twins with a quality supporting cast. The Canucks boast a lot of depth up front with the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kessler, Pavol Demitra, Kyle Wellwood, Steve Bernier and defensive specialist Ryan Johnson.


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Calgary Releases Fleury

Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch reports Fleury has been released by the Flames.

added 12:48pm, Dreger just mentioned on Leafs Lunch Fleury will have a press conference on Monday, needs a few days before talking.

added 12:53pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been released from his try-out agreement.

“I believe Theoren did a great job and should be proud, especially considering all the factors including age, time away from the game and lifestyle change,” said Sutter. “This is not a hockey story; it’s a life story. Our agreement with Theoren was that he had to be one of our top six wingers and there were never any intentions of assigning him to the American Hockey League.”

“I am very thankful to Darryl and the Flames organization for following through on the commitment to provide me with this opportunity,” said Fleury. “I said in the beginning that no matter what the outcome, this would be a success story. I intend to take the next few days to review this experience and make decisions with my family regarding next steps in my life.”

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Coach Sutter On Fleury

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

For Theoren Fleury and those fans praying for a fairy-tale ending to his tryout, they better hope it was a twitch yesterday when Flames head coach Brent Sutter was talking about the 41-year-old.

“I don’t want to comment or get too far ahead on anything because we’re still taking everything day to day. Let’s see how everything unfolds here,” Sutter said after suggesting he didn’t necessarily need to see Fleury in action in the final pre-season game tomorrow to make a decision on whether or not the 5-foot-6 winger fits with the franchise.

“He’s certainly done a good job—yet, there’s a lot of good players here.”

Then came the grimace, synchronized with words that may be as damning as any publicly offered about Fleury to date.

“And the pace of the game is gonna pick up 10-fold here starting next week, so let’s just see what happens.”

Fleury’s critics would say his biggest flaw is an inability to keep up with the play through the pre-season.

read on

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Catching Up With Two Ex-Panthers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Every offseason, it seemed, brought more drama from changes in management and coaching, to star players being shipped out. Bouwmeester had seen enough.

``The biggest part of it was all the changes and turnover,’’ Bouwmeester said. ``It’s hard to build something and be consistent when that is always going on. I know Pete [DeBoer] is a real good coach, and he did a good job last year and will continue to do so. . . . I was there for six, seven years and had four head coaches and just as many GMs. It’s hard to build something when someone new wants to come in and start over.’‘

Bouwmeester, who is from nearby Edmonton, is back in his element. The players’ parking lot in Calgary has its share of fancy sports cars, but a good number of players share Bouwmeester’s style and drive Chevy or Ford trucks.

Olli Jokinen isn’t one of those players. And unlike Bouwmeester, Jokinen didn’t want out of South Florida.


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Hard Not To Notice Fleury

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

He’s becoming a kind of rash, this audacious little beggar. And those inside the Calgary Flames’ family who figured the Theo Fleury experiment was nothing more than an annoying lark, a stunt, a PR nuisance destined to quickly run its course, are starting to break out in hives.

“When he got the puck at the dot, I knew he’d score,’’ laughed former teammate Cory Stillman, sitting out for Florida on Sunday night. “Theo doesn’t miss those chances.’‘

Ho hum. Another day at the office. A goal. An assist. Another standing ovation.


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Phaneuf Needs To Stay On The Ice

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The last thing Dion Phaneuf has to prove to anybody is that he’s tough.

And the last place the Flames need him is in the penalty box or on the surgeon’s table.

So it’s laughable to hear that after establishing himself as the NHL’s hardest hitter the last four years, Phaneuf is being criticized for refusing to fight a no-name knucklehead in a meaningless exhibition game.

Phaneuf is maturing to the point he knows every team in the league would rather have him off the ice and is justified in being selective in terms of when to punctuate his hits with fights.

While this space has long embraced fighting in the game, it’s embarrassing for critics who flooded sports talk radio phone lines to be so lacking in hockey knowledge to suggest every time he lays a forward out cleanly, he needs to follow it up with his fists.


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