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Okposo Was Defenseless On Phaneuf Hit

from Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

Thankfully Kyle Okposo is OK. He has a mild concussion and was cleared by doctors to fly back with the team on the charter to Saskatoon.

Okposo was the victim of a vicious open-ice hit from Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. I’ve watched the replay several times, and if I were Okposo or his teammate I would not be happy. Phaneuf left his feet on impact, catching Okposo with a shoulder to the head as Okposo was looking down, rendering him completely defenseless.

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note: Video was changed at 8:02am since it was better quality than the one that was posted.

added 8:10am, from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

If you crumple a player with a clean check, are you on the hook to accept the first challenge that comes your way?

Is that part of the code? Hit big, then get ready to scrap all comers?

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Okposo Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

Katie Strang, Islanders beat writer for Newsday, on her Twitter,

Very scary moment: Kyle Okposo jsust got leveled in open ice by Dion Phaneuf. He’s on his back now and they are bringing out the stretcher.

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Fleury’s Wife Behind His Recovery

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of Theo Fleury’s sobriety.

Tonight marks the latest in a string of second chances recovering alcoholics like him spend years in counselling dreaming about.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the 41-year-old winger will be the first Flame to hit the Saddledome ice wearing No. 14 since he was traded to Colorado in 1999.

And sitting in the rink now guaranteed to be a rare preseason sellout thanks to him will be the woman who essentially made it all possible: His wife Jennifer.

His guiding light in a world darkened for so many years by abuses of all kinds.

“She’s my winger,” said Fleury, exhaling deeply when asked about the woman who helped turn his life around four years back. “She’s basically the first person who grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and said, ‘That big pile of crap you’ve been dragging around for 25 years—we’re going to reduce it.’ She drew the line in the sand and said ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ I had no idea where to start.”

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Implementing A New System In Calgary

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

The system calls for strict discipline. Responsibility is crucial, especially in the defensive zone.

“We want to be a structured team and that has to include everybody,” Sutter said. “The veterans, the experienced players, have to be the leaders in that category.

“You’ve got to implement things in practice. We’re creatures of habit. Our habits have to be good in practice so they carry through to the game.”

And so the mood on the first day of camp was all business with little, or no, superfluous chatter.

After all, in any job, first impressions with the boss are vital.

“The drills are obviously a lot different,” said forward Rene Bourque. “Totally different drills than we did last year. It’s kind of nerve-racking being out there for the first practice. We’ve never seen a lot of these drills before.

“Nobody really wants to mess up a drill on the first day back. I think guys were gripping their sticks a bit tight. But, in the next few days, I think the guys will learn to relax a little bit and just enjoy it.”

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Fleury Officially Invited To Flames Camp

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been invited to attend the Flames 2009 Training Camp on a try-out basis.

“Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the League permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” said Sutter. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and regardless of what happens; he can finish as an active player. This is a day-to-day thing and we will develop our expectations over the course of training camp.”

“I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury. “I intend to come to camp today with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and to be treated like any other member of the group.”

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Talk Of Theo Fleury Signing With The Flames Organization

from Eric Francis of the Calgay Sun,

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually Heat.

In this case, that’s the Abbotsford Heat, which is where Theo Fleury may very well be destined.

On a day in which the former NHL star met with league commissioner Gary Bettman in Phoenix to get the final word on whether he’ll have clearance to play, rumours swirled, suggesting the Calgary Flames will give Fleury a tryout.

Yes, starting Saturday when the club’s veterans check in for physicals, a 5-foot-6, 41-year-old former concrete worker who hasn’t played for six years may be in their midst.

However, given the Flames’ youth movement and Fleury’s obvious deficiencies, he won’t be there long, as the ultimate goal would be to send Fleury to Abbotsford, where the controversial mighty-mite will help sell a ton of tickets for the club’s new AHL partner.

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New Coaches - New Challenges

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

(Jacques) Lemaire, however, is not likely to find the magic again in New Jersey. The Devils led their division last season before losing in the first round to Carolina, but John Madden and Brian Gionta were lost during the offseason and no replacements of note were added.

You don’t make progress by standing still, leaving Lemaire with a high mountain to climb if the team he inherits is to repeat as division leaders.

My choice as the coach to do the best job is (Brent) Sutter.

The Flames lost Mike Cammalleri to the Canadiens. They will miss Cammalleri’s 39 goals, but the blow will be softened considerably by what Ollie Jokinen, who was acquired at the trading deadline last season, brings to the table.

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Flames Go Retro

from Peter Zuurbier of CalgaryFlames.com,

Old is new, and nostalgia is the new black, or in this case red, as the Flames released their vintage third jerseys Wednesday.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Flames in Calgary, the sweater is a throwback to the days of yore, an identical replica of the original and intended as a tip of the hat to the teams that built the foundation for the organization.

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Bowmeester Happy With His Choice

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

He spent six seasons with the Panthers, who were eventually forced to deal his negotiating rights to Calgary when it became apparent he wasn’t going to re-sign in Florida.

The Panthers were keen on keeping Bowmeester on their blue line, but his decision to leave was more than financially motivated. As was his desire to play in Calgary.

“It’s different, only because hockey is more of a focus here,” he said. “In Florida it’s sometimes a battle to get people out to the games and it’s something that’s not really natural down there.”

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Long Odds For A Fleury Comeback

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter believes Theo Fleury will get a tryout if cleared by the NHL.

“You and I could get a tryout—as long as we pay for our hotel room,” deadpanned the Flames GM yesterday, suggesting a no-strings attached camp invite means little.

That said, while trying his best to remain non-judgmental, Sutter isn’t optimistic the ex-Flames star will be capable of fitting into a league that has changed dramatically since Fleury’s last season in 2003.

“You pull for him because you think a lot of him, but six years is awhile,” said Sutter, revealing Fleury approached him during the playoffs to inform him of his intent to return to the game.

“The big thing is the calibre of training is significantly different these days. It’s one thing to lose weight, but we’ve got kids setting records with their fitness test results, let alone what phenomenal athletes like Iggy (Jarome Iginla) and Reggie (Robyn Regehr) are capable of. I think it would be very difficult for an older guy to get to those levels.”

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