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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames finish with nine of their final 13 on the road. Last year, when they were in the process of putting together one of the worst road records in the NHL (but won 30 times at home, a league high), that would have been a disaster.
This year? Not so much. But the Flames need to make hay in this one final game, especially after divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, won against the Blues on Saturday.
The Flames enter the game one point out of first in the Northwest Division, but only two points out of ninth, which would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.
from the Calgary Sun,
There was no tongue-lashing, no screaming, no sticks thrown into the stands before storming off.
Keenan simply told the Flames to return to their digs. The session was over and done before the clock struck 11:30 a.m.
“I feel when we’re here, it’s a privilege to be at the arena. It’s a privilege to play in the NHL. It’s a privilege to coach in the NHL,” Keenan said. “When you’re asked to work for 30 minutes, I want you to work. If you’re not going to work, it’s not really productive to do anything but get off the ice.
“They’re off for the day and they’ll be back tomorrow.”
Players were ordered not to discuss what took place or what was said in the room, which you can bet wasn’t peaches and cream, although one player said it “wasn’t Mike Keenan of 1989”.
from the Calgary Herald,
Kiprusoff’s leash has lost about five links based on Joseph’s efficient play and Kipper’s alleged sloth of late. For both Kiprusoff and goalie coach David Marcoux, this is uncharted territory. How quickly will coach Mike Keenan now pull back on the chain? How much more ice will Cujo see? And how will it play between Kiprusoff’s ears? You’ve just crossed over into the Goalie Controversy.
more and other NHL bits too…
The video tells story in last night’s Flames/Coyotes game.
from the Calgary Herald,
As was the norm in those days, the clunkiest skater on the squad was handed lumpy leather pads, a battered blocker and a tattered trapper, and pointed toward the net.
“I had a passion to score goals,” said Joseph, “but I wanted to be on the team also. So there was a little give and take there.”
Give and take as in Joseph gave up on his dream of being a scorer and took the opening given him. Progress was slow for the neophyte netminder.
With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay.
General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.
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?
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