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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….
Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.
He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.
Scott Morrison of HNIC did a nice feature yesterday on Darren McCarty. To view it, click here, then go to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, then scroll down to Darren McCarty.
Every hockey fan should enjoy the video!
Also, the Wings have offered Mac a contract and Holland is waiting to hear back from his agent.
Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels felt Dion Phaneuf could have let-up on a hit on the Wings Tomas Kopecky last night. Your thoughts?
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
When it comes to Sutter’s Flames on deadline day, that warning label should read: ‘Prepare to be disappointed.’
Although the Flames likely will be working the phones and kicking tires right until the clock strikes 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, history has shown Sutter refuses to overpay for the impact players most readily available at the deadline.
The biggest name brought aboard in the second half of a Sutter season here was Chris Simon in 2004, a few days before the actual closing date.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald via Faceoff.com,
GM 1: “Do me a favour, will ya’? Don’t make any trades.”
GM 2: “Why not?”
GM 1: “Because if you make one, then my owner’s going to expect me to make one. And that never works.”
GM 2: “Good point.”
This hypothetical conversation pretty much sums up the bluffer’s poker that’s going on in the NHL’s dormant trade market….
Which is not to say the trade stalemate is a bad thing. Stupid deals are stupid deals no matter when they’re made, and if the GMs are having sober second thoughts about mortgaging the future for six weeks on a guy with a bad knee and a worse attitude, then good for them.
From the Windsor Spitfires,
The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.
“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.
“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.
*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007
added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,
It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.
CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB
added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.
from the Calgary Sun,
Imagine the heat if the Flames and Ducks met more often.
This has the makings of a nasty rivalry. Last night’s 4-2 Anaheim victory had plenty of bad blood simmering with the possibility of it coming to a full boil.
“We knew they like to play every game on the edge physically and their discipline can go either way,” said Flames blueliner Robyn Regehr. “That goes back to them being the most penalized team. We were trying to take advantage of that.”
It involved plenty of nastiness. The tone was set when Calgary’s Eric Godard took his first shift, duking it out with Anaheim policeman George Parros in a spirited heavyweight battle.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
While some shudder at the thought of having five players account for $28.5 million in cap space next season, the reality is those five players are all worth far more on the open market.
And outside of Alex Tanguay, they’re all here for at least the next five years.
A Vezina-winning goaltender in Miikka Kiprusoff, the hardest-hitting defenceman in Phaneuf, one of the most fundamentally sound defensive-types in Robyn Regehr and arguably the game’s best captain, Jarome Iginla.
Call them the Flames’ Fab Four….
Now all Sutter has to do is fill smaller holes and roles along the way, which should be even easier given how attractive playing in Calgary is these days.
via the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of Dion Phaneuf to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It remains very important for us to lock up our key young players,” said Sutter. “Our goal with Dion was to provide an arrangement that will allow him to take his game to the next level.”
“I’m excited about the prospect of playing another six years in Calgary,” said Phaneuf. “In fact, I never thought I would be playing anywhere else. I am proud to be a member of this organization and will continue to concentrate on the job at hand - making and advancing in the playoffs this year and for years to come.”
added 2:44pm, Sources tell TSN that the deal is worth $6.5 million a season.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
However, as the team emerges from the All-Star break with visions of a Northwest Division title and a 100 point season, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter recognizes he has at least one missing piece…
Sources say the Flames and Florida Panthers have already discussed Calgary’s interest in Olli Jokinen, but the asking price is high - believed to be forward Alex Tanguay and a young player or a prospect.
Forsberg, Sundin and Jokinen are longshots and may never be available or attainable.
However, there is a sense the Flames see a lot of promise in this season, and while Feb. 26 may come and go without significant change, there is an appetite to swing for the fence with less than a month to go.
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