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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Daniel Sedin injured in Canucks-Flames game, taken to hospital

Updated 3x at 1:47 AM: Sedin has been released from the hospital, and there's a longer video of the incident in the extended text portion of this entry.

Very scary stuff in Vancouver. From @myregularface on Twitter, Daniel Sedin got banged-up in a bad way in the Canucks' regular-season finale against Calgary on Sunday evening (the third period is underway as I file this entry)...

Here's aftermath--thus far:

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Devils get ‘Kiprusoffed’ by Rammo, Flames

In theory, the New Jersey Devils are out of the Wild Card race after having dropped a 1-0 decision (which included a controversial no-goal call against the Devils), to the Calgary Flames on Monday night, but Jaromir Jagr was defiant while speaking with the Associated Press:

"In my opinion, I think we're going to get one more chance (to make the playoffs)," New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr said. "It's too strange to finish like that. You've got to believe. It wouldn't make any sense to finish like that. We dominated. Just keep the faith and I think we're going to get one more chance in my opinion. We'll see if I'm right or wrong."

When I first saw Kari Ramo wearing the same white Bauer pads that Miikka Kiprusoff wore, with nearly the same specs--all white with tan nash leather on the boots, simply-strapped, and sporting a Kiprusoff-style "pancake" catch glove, I was stunned by his resemblance to Kiprusoff in both form and function.

According to NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale, the Flames witnessed a Kiprusoff-like performance from Ramo, who pitched a 31-save shutout against an incredibly desperate team:

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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
 

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Matt Stajan points to the heavens for all the right reasons

The "pointing to the heavens" thing after registering some sort of point in sports may be overdone, but Tomas Tatar (who lost his dad) and now Matt Stajan have gone about the procedure for the right reasons, as the Hockey News's Casey Ippolito ntoes:

It’s been a difficult time for Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan.

Following the death of his newborn son, Stajan took a personal leave to grieve with his wife, Katie. The Flames gave him the option to take the rest of the season off. After all, the Flames are basement dwellers, and Stajan’s future in Calgary was secured with a recent contract extension. But Stajan, loyal to the game he loves as he is to his family, rejoined the flames after a couple weeks. After an eight-game absence, he returned to the Flames lineup.

Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers, Stajan found himself with a penalty shot. He walked in and made a slick move on Viktor Fasth, scoring on the backhand. In the moments that followed, Stajan’s teammates congratulated him, acknowledging a moment that was much bigger than the game.

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It appears that Mike Cammalleri will exit Calgary

Via Chris Nichols, the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis reports that the Calgary Flames are going to trade Mike Cammalleri as the 31-year-old mini-mite is intent upon testing the unrestricted free agent marketplace:

Flames acting GM Brian Burke revealed last week the Flames offered Cammalleri a contract extension, one which is almost certainly several million dollars less a year than he will get on the open market.

So he will leave Calgary via trade. He has submitted a list of seven teams he would not go to — as per his contractual rights — and will now wait to hear his fate.

Only question now is how much he will go for. If Burke can wrangle up a first-round draft pick for a rental the exercise will have been considered an unmitigated success.

A second-rounder would also suffice, assuming it would come with a young prospect of some sort.

A third-rounder in return would be considered a fail unless the deal also includes a decent prospect.

That's the meat of the article, but Francis also ponders where Cammalleri might go and whether someone who last scored 30+ goals 5 years ago can still cash in.

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Garrioch talks buyers, sellers, etc.

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers a smorgasbord of rumor news in his last pre-trade-deadline Sunday missive, but the best way to summarize his statements involves encapsulating the following and letting you read on from there:

TOP 5 SELLERS

  • BUFFALO SABRES - GM Tim Murray made a huge move Friday by dealing goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. He isn’t finished yet, he still has Matt Moulson and anyone else up for grabs.
  • EDMONTON OILERS  - Craig MacTavish has been trying to make moves all year and he’s made a couple of deals. He’d like to move forward Ales Hemsky and will retain salary. A lot of teams will try to make a bigger deal for winger Jordan Eberle.
  • N.Y. ISLANDERS - Losing captain John Tavares to injury gives GM Garth Snow the green light to move left wing Thomas Vanek and defenceman Andy MacDonald. Vanek might be the most sought-after player and MacDonald won’t be far behind.
  • NASHVILLE PREDATORS - This might be a bit of a surprise but they are a longshot to make the playoffs. A lot of teams have called about centre David Legwand. He may not be the only one to go. Wouldn’t be surprised to see many gone.
  • CALGARY FLAMES - Interim GM Brian Burke hasn’t made any bold moves since he took over but you can expect him to be busy. The club would like to keep UFA Mike Cammalleri but it’s doubtful he’ll stay. There are options for buyers.

Garrioch goes from there, listing his top 5 buyers, discussing Markov to Edmonton(?), the Stars' situation, news from Long Island, New York City, San Jose, Calgary, etc...

And this is just me, but if Garth Snow wants a top prospect, a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder for Thomas Vanek, I may have considered that before Vanek confirmed that he wanted to test the maret...But now that he embarrassed himself and the Austrian Olympic team by going out and getting blotto with some teammates prior to battling Slovenia, I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole.

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Garrioch: Cammalleri’s name at top of long list of trade deadline candidates

George here on the late shift, and as the trade deadline is now under two months away (albeit interspersed with a during-the-Olympics roster freeze), the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's weekly trade rumor roundup is chock full of info, including a lead-off that this Wings fan wouldn't mind seeing happen:

Mike Cammalleri might want to hold off on purchasing any real estate in Calgary. He is most likely on the move.

With the NHL trade deadline set for March 5, many league executives view the 31-year-old Cammalleri as one of the most attractive options available for teams that want a forward who can make an impact.

Making $6 million in the final year of his contract, he’s coveted by several teams and we’re told Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke has been getting phone calls from contenders who are willing to ante up to get Cammalleri.

Sources say the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings all have an interest in Cammalleri. It’s believed Kings coach Darryl Sutter and Detroit’s Mike Babcock would both welcome him.

Cammalleri has been in L.A. before so it would be a nice fit but there’s a chance the Montreal Canadiens may try to bring him back.

Garrioch continues at length, discussing the Jets (fewer moves likely), whether Nazem Kadri's really "in play" or whether the Leafs' management is trying to motivate him by name-dropping instead, whether Ryan Miller will be moved, and Garrioch also confirms that the Hurricanes are willing to hold a fire sale again...

But you'll have to forgive my wishful thinking because the Wings passed on Cammalleri, who was starring at the University of Michigan back in 2001, to pick Igor Grigorenko instead.

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McKenzie weighs in on Saturday night’s controversies

After a player-brawl and coach-attempting-to-visit-opponents-scrap-filled 3-2 Vancouver Canucks shootout win over the Calgary Flames, coach John Tortorella played it by the book during his brief post-game presser:

He more or less built an impenetrable, "I'm not answering that" and/or, "I won't talk about fights with anyone who didn't play the game" facade (the latter, he did not say literally), with the initial summary of his comments reading as follows (and yes, he blamed Bob Hartley for starting 4th line versus...eventual 4th line):

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John Tortorella tries to visit the Flames’ locker room after Nucks-Flames brawl

As Paul noted, the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames got into quite the brawl to start their game off, and as the Flames left the ice, this happened:

That's John Tortorella visiting the Flames as they attempt to enter their locker room. I believe Mr. Tortorella will be suspended shorty, I mean shortly.

TSN has posted a video of the shenanigans, and the Sporting News's Sean Gentile has graced us with a .gif:

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Calgary Flames Sign Keegan Kanzig

Per Flames Press Release

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenceman Keegan Kanzig to a three year entry level contract.

A native of Athabasca, Alberta, Kanzig is currently in his third season with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. In 30 games this season, the 6’6”, 240 lbs defenceman has 2 goals and 2 assists while accumulating 57 penalty minutes. In his first training camp with the Flames this past September, the defensive minded rearguard appeared in 1 pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers recording an assist and a plus 2 rating in 15 minutes of ice-time. Kanzig was Calgary’s 3rd round selection (67th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Simmons: Brian Burke’s off-the-cuff, hair-tousled presser was anything but impromptu

The Brian Burke press conference was talked and over-talked to death, especially given the fact that he looked so damn disheveled, but the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that Burke's messages were delivered with cold and calculated precision:

Burke is nothing if not prepared. He often works out his press conferences lines prior to having his press conferences. He writes down catch-phrases and memorizes them. Like an actor, he chooses his motivation, sets the mood and then determines what look he will display to the public he so often owns.

The look at the firing of GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod in Calgary was that of a man who had rolled up his sleeves, a touch wild-eyed, having slept little and who hadn’t bothered to groom his lengthy mop. It was all part of a way of demonstrating how much he had put in to the decision to take over the Flames in earnest.

Some of the words in Calgary were familiar: Belligerent, truculent, impatience. Burke loves to talk about his teams, how he wants them to play, what his vision contains.

The challenge now, as it was in Toronto, is hiring the right people and executing his plan. He won his one Stanley Cup with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on defence first, not as much because of the physical manner in which the Anaheim Ducks played. He will be forced to go forward without two generational defencemen. As he found in Toronto, it makes winning and building all the more daunting.

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Matheson engages in a fascinating conversation with Rob Blake about the suspension process

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's posted at least half of his weekly Hockey World articles on his blog page (I believe that he's still working on "Ask Matty" as I'm posting this, and I don't see any "Short Shifts" yet).

Especially given a) the fact that Don Cherry decided to suggest that John Scott and Cody McLeod require the sympathy of fans who don't understand "their role" or their obligation to "make a difference" and b) the endless suggestions that it's up to players and only players to police themselves when Sportsnet's John Shannon so wisely suggested that coaches, GM's and owners also share responsibility for employing players in "punishing" roles (we tend to forget that both players, coaches, GM's and owners are generally concerned about their team's well-being and competitive interests ahead of safe working environments)...

It's refreshing to hear now-NHL Department of Player Safety employee Rob Blake tell Matheson that there's a significant amount of push-back from teams when players are facing Sheriff Shanny's Wheel of Justice:

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The Morning After

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

Another disappointing outing for the Flyers would start with Jay Harrison notching his first of the season for the Hurricanes as he put a wrist shot past Steve Mason in the first period.

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Sportsnet chronicles the Calgary Flames’ ‘Face Off With the Flood”

The Calgary Flames' home, the Scotiabank Saddledome, suffered severe damage when torrential floods wreaked havoc in Southern Alberta this past summer, and Sportsnet posted all 45 minutes' worth of an hour-long special on the Flames as well as the province's attempts to recover from the flood. The series is a two-parter, and it's worth watching:

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed

It Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Puck dropped in Boston to start the season for the two Atlantic teams’ first game of the 2013-14 season. Neither team wasted much time getting on the box score; however, to start it was on the penalty side. A hooking call to Bruins Reilly Smith would lead to a shorthanded goal by teammate Chris Kelly.

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Maple Leafs trade Colborne to Flames for a pick

The player who was once the "x factor" in the Phil Kessel trade just got shuffled out of Toronto, per the Maple Leafs:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded centreman Joe Colborne tonight to the Flames in exchange for Calgary’s own fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The pick can be upgraded to a third-round pick in 2014 if certain conditions are met in the upcoming season.

And the Flames...

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Flames Fans Fantastic! Oiler’s Fans? Not So Much…

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I was really hoping to wait and save this mind dump for a more opportune time. That time being after the 1st game of the year and the steaming pile of Oil is doing their best to secure the 2012 1st overall selection. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to differentiate a Calgary Flames fan from an Edmonton Oiler fan. Please let me give the causal observer a run down on the differences.

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Brent Sutter Has Come a Long Way This Season

From George Johnson in the Calgary Herald:

He’s swayed a veteran group over to his way of thinking when all appeared lost.

That, people, is an Adams-worthy achievement. Not that he gives two hoots, but if the Flames do reach the post-season, he richly deserves consideration at the June ‘do in Vegas. If they could somehow crack the Top Four and nail down home-ice for the first round, it should be a slam dunk.

It seems a lifetime, not 82 days, that not-so-long-ago morning in Anaheim when the stench of change permeated the Honda Center like a gas leak, when the coach’s future apparently hung by a thread.

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Five Things the Flames Should Do

From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

1. Become a draft-day player

As it is, Flames director of scouting Tod Button doesn’t get a chance to clear his throat till the 64th pick (which represents the third-round choice the team got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Anton Stralman).

Getting into the first two rounds would be swell, particularly for an organization with a dearth of forward prospects.

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Flames GM has Shown Draft-Day Guile in the Past

From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

OK, what would you do?

Your team has zero selections in the first two rounds of this week’s National Hockey League draft in Los Angeles.

Your team was the third oldest, and the most senior of the non-playoff outfits.

Your team produced the fewest goals in the entire league.

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Iginla Remembers Nerves, Excitement on his NHL Draft Day

From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:

Jarome Iginla plans to flick on his television Friday night and take in the soap opera better known as the NHL Entry Draft.

In doing so, the Calgary Flames captain predicts his annual round of sympathy pains for the young men in starched suits and breath-constricting neckties.

“I remember my draft day,” Iginla says via telephone from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous — or that excited — in my whole life.”

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Flames will wear ‘heritage’ jerseys at 2011 outdoor Classic

From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:

Stock up on the long underwear, Calgary. Pull that giant winter parka out of the closet along with those mitts, tuque, scarf and boots.

The National Hockey League competition committee granted approval Friday for the Calgary Flames to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

The venue? McMahon Stadium. The opposition? Michael Cammalleri and the Montreal Canadiens.

Only one formality remains: ratification by the NHL Players Association next week in Chicago.

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Report: Phaneuf on Verge of New Flames Deal

From TSN,

It looks like the Calgary Flames are close to locking up one of their cornerstone players.

Sources tell TSN that Dion Phaneuf is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club, with only a few minor details to be worked out.

added 8:27am, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

For those of you obsessed with those silly Dion Phaneuf rumors being spread by the uninformed, TSN is reporting tonight that he’s on the verge of signing an extension with the Calgary Flames. That should put an end of all of the speculation.

By the way, I’ve been told that a certain blogger has been taking Devils’ info off of this site and posting it on his site without attribution. I hope it isn’t true because that would be unethical.

Well stated Tom!

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Pointing At Keenan

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Very often the Flames appear confused on defense. On many nights it looks like they are not on the same page. It’s Keenan’s responsibility to make sure Calgary’s defense is organized and has a sound defensive system. But Keenan has never been a system driven coach. He wants emotion, energy, combativeness and competiveness. It’s hard to win in today’s NHL with just those qualities. Teams need a comprehensive defensive system.

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Ranking Iginla on Flames List of Greats

From David Carroll at TSN,

Jarome Iginla is set to become the Flames all-time leader in games played on Thursday when he hits the ice against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 30-year-old is one of the NHL’s biggest stars and has an impressive list of awards and accomplishments. Iginla has won “Rocket” Richard Trophies, a Lester B. Person Award and an Art Ross Trophy.

He can score and, when needed, can mix it up but where does he rank on the list of Flames all-time greats?

continued…

How do you stack Iginla against players like Joe Nieuwendyk, Al MacInnis, Gary Suter, Theo Fleury, Lanny McDonald, Paul Reinhart and Mike Vernon and others?  There’s also a poll available on the TSN front page.

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Keep Your Head Up Hudler

Phaneuf put a big hit on Hudler last night in the 3rd period.  Hudler had been agitating Dion most of the night and you just had a feeling Phaneuf was looking for the right opportunity to pay him back.

Watch the video of the hit…

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No Suspension For Godard

from the Calgary Sun,

Godard was assessed his third instigator penalty Saturday night in Colorado against the Avalanche, but the two-game suspension that’s to come with that infraction was rescinded by the league yesterday—and he was able to play in the team’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

“I really thought they would have, so I was happy they did,” Godard said. “I’m not gonna say anything about the refs. I think they did a pretty good job that night. That’s a call in the rule book, so they’ve got to make the call. They reviewed the tape, and there was obviously some other circumstances going on.”

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Savard Faces Keenan Tonight

from the Daily Herald,

Whatever problems he might have had with Keenan all those years ago are in the past, according to Savard.

“To tell you the truth, Mike’s a good coach and he had to do what he had to do then and that’s just the way it goes,” Savard said. “I think you know my personality. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to hold a grudge against anybody, whether we worked well or not together. I moved on a long time ago and he’s been a good coach in this league for a long time.”

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Calgary’s Fortunes Depend on Kiprusoff and Iginla

From George Johnson at ESPN,

Iginla, the unquestioned emotional push behind the Flames, is thriving, while Kiprusoff, arguably the most spectacular goaltender in the game over the past three seasons, is nose-diving.

So the spirit is willing, but the flash has been weak.

As Iginla and Kiprusoff go, so go the Flames. And, right now, Calgary finds itself stuck on a treadmill to mediocrity, a game below .500 and a disquieting 1-5 stretch in what could hardly be described as a November to remember.

They’ve both been making headlines for altogether different reasons.

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The Battle Of…?

from the Toronto Star,

They are the games that get fans talking. The ones circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule comes out. The game that proves your team is – once and for all – better than your team’s bitter rival, until at least the two meet again.

Like when the Leafs face the Ottawa Senators in the Battle of Ontario or when Calgary faces their provincial rivals in Edmonton.

If you could pit one rivalry against another, which one would come out on top?

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Columnist Was Wrong

from the Calgary Sun,

According to an eastern-based columnist, rising star defenceman Dion Phaneuf and his agent had rejected a contract proposal from the Flames.

Only one problem, said Phaneuf’s agent Don Meehan.

“We have never discussed a number,” he said yesterday.

more and that eastern-based columnist was pointed to a few days ago…

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I’ll Go With The Insider On This One

from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider on AO contract talks…

Nothing has changed, he said, since the last time I asked him about this on Oct. 29 in Toronto, adding that serious talks still have not started and that he’s not sure when they might.

I asked him if that lack of an offer is bothering him. At first he said, “No.” Then he paused for a moment before saying, “Of course I think about my contract. It would be stupid to answer that I don’t think about my contract. Of course I think about it. But we don’t start talking. We just wait. We still have time.”

This earlier today from Marty York at Metro News,

Two young NHL stars, defenceman Dion Phaneuf and forward Alexander Ovechkin, have rejected contract-extension proposals from the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals, respectively.

The Caps offered Ovechkin a five-year pact similar to the deal the Pittsburgh Penguins gave Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million a season), but the sniper is demanding more — between $9- and $10-million a year.

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Get It Right

from the Calgary Herald,

Following Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Keenan had been asked about his boys coughing up another two power-play goals.

The coach figuratively shoved his goalie to front and centre on a first-period tally by Robert Nilsson. His statement included the line: “It’s pretty difficult to criticize the people on the penalty-killing situation when your goaltender is not part of the solution.”

Damning stuff. Which Iron Mike took measures to clarify Monday.

“Well, first of all, the media has misconstrued the comments,” started Keenan.

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Calgary About To Implode

from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

- Calgary is going to implode soon. I’ve talked to a few former Flames and they say there is just plain bad chemistry in their locker room. I don’t see Mike Keenan changing that much.

- Edmonton is terrible. Dustin Penner is a nice player, but Kevin Lowe grossly overpaid for him, in his retaliation move against Brian Burke and the Ducks over Chris Pronger.

more NHL bits plus Adrian wonders where are all the Avs fans?

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Questions Surround Keenan

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

When GM Darryl Sutter deposed Jim Playfair as coach after one season and installed Iron Mike, the thinking was that the Flames had to get back to the hard-nosed play that saw them advance to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. Sutter, whose relationship with Keenan extends back to their shared days in Chicago, believed the old task master was just the man to do the job.

Now, with the team in a free fall, there are questions about its preparation, focus, drive, energy and desire. Those are all of the things, the intangibles, Keenan was supposed to bring to the table. Those are coaching issues.

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Floundering Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As much as the lazy Sunday away from the horror house known as the Saddledome was a chance for the beleaguered players to clear their minds, rest assured there was plenty of introspection going on.

Certainly, there are plenty of reasons for the Flames, with their under-achieving 6-8-3 record, to consider.

They’ve frittered away a home-heavy schedule that had 11 of those 17 games at the ‘Dome, in which they’ve won only four times. They’ve frittered away half of an eight-game intra-division run.

They’re floundering like Brittany Spears’ career.

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Flames Hope To Avoid Offer Sheet For Phaneuf

from the Calgary Sun,

Hot on the heels of a six-year extension for goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, there’s talk in Calgary the Flames might be a small step closer to signing Dion Phaneuf to a long-term contract.

The 22-year-old defenceman’s agent, Don Meehan, was in town last week, and it’s believed he spent time meeting with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter about a possible extension.

Sources say talks were informal and could help lead to a deal but no dollars were discussed.

Phaneuf’s entry-level contract expires at the end of this season, and as a restricted free agent, he’d be a prime candidate for an offer sheet from another team.

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Keenan On Langkow Hit

from Canada.com,

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan didn’t exactly leap to the defence of his injured centre Daymond Langkow on Friday….

“I looked at the tape again today,” said Keenan. “I know Matt Cooke, I coached him, he’s a little bit of a hunter, and you know he’s out there, you know he’s coming at you, and you know he’s going to body you.

“But he didn’t leave his feet. He hit him hard into the boards; at the same time, you have a responsibility to know that players like that are out there. It’s a fine line between playing the game hard; he cracked him good, and Daymond maybe should have positioned himself in a more protective manner so he wouldn’t have had the whiplash effect against the glass.”

more NHL talk including Bouillon explaining his hit on Aaron Ward…

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One Team Has To Win

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Calgary is sub .500.

Edmonton is sub .500.

Given the respective stenches emanating from both camps, a cynic might suggest The Battle of Alberta has been replaced by The Cattle of Alberta, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of sizzle on tonight’s steak.

Nothing fuels a barn burner like animosity and desperation and the Flames and Oilers will be bringing plenty of both to a unique and unusually important showdown in Cowtown.

Something has to give. They can’t both lose.

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Shake-Up The Flames

via Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Losers of four straight and participants for maybe 20 minutes in each of those contests, the Flames are a team that has yet to become comfortable with the demands of Mike Keenan. To the fiery coach’s credit, he’s been patient during the process, allowing his players time to adjust. But it’s becoming clear that not everyone is on board, and a shakeup seems inevitable.

Stephane Yelle, a solid defensive player who could add something to any team’s penalty kill, could be available. Center Craig Conroy, who has just two goals this season despite playing alongside Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay for long stretches, is another candidate. His contract brings a $2.85 million hit, but it only goes through this season and becomes more manageable for another team to assume with each passing day. Calgary would like to add scoring (who wouldn’t?), but might be willing to take on a veteran forward with leadership experience and a winning background.

Atlanta’s Bobby Holik, perhaps?

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Flames Need A 60 Minute Effort

from the Calgary Sun,

What’s preventing the club that’s now lost four straight games from the expected 60-minute performance?

“I have some ideas, but I’m not prepared to share them right now,” Keenan finally said. “I want to discuss them with the team before I make those comments.

“I think I know why but I want to make sure, and in fairness to them give them an opportunity to explain it first before I have that discussion.

“Maybe I can answer your question in a day or two.”

Until then, Keenan’s club will deservedly be queried about its Jekyll-and-Hyde outings. After all, it’s hard to understand how a team that went into the clash having lost three in a row could be listless through the first 30 minutes.

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The Nice Mike

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Keenan watchers in these parts have been waiting for the inevitable eruption, any sign that the legendary Iron Mike was ready to lose it on his up-and-down Flames’ squad. So far, there’s been none of that — and what passes for frustration has been mild compared to what coach Craig MacTavish may be saying about his Oilers or Alain Vigneault about his Vancouver Canucks.

It isn’t clear if this is a kinder, gentler Keenan or simply a craftier version, someone who knows that all eyes will be on him when things go wrong — and he refuses to take the bait and go bananas in public.

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Phaneuf Bothered By Sore Leg

from the Calgary Sun,

Only two Flames players were exempt from the exhausting conditioning skate that came at the end of yesterday’s practice.

One of the absences could spell trouble for the club. Defenceman Dion Phaneuf is out indefinitely with a leg injury.

“Dion went for an x-ray,” said coach Mike Keenan after the hour-long session wrapped up at the Saddledome.

“He re-aggravated an (old) injury, and then he bumped it again (Monday) night. It’s a recurrence and he needs some time to heal.”

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update 3:06pm, via TSN,

The 22-year-old Edmonton native had the leg x-rayed on Tuesday and the results were negative. He plans to skate tomorrow and is probable to play against Vancouver Thursday evening.

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The Colorful Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury will be joining the Calgary Flames broadcast crew doing the color commentary on tonight’s Pay-Per-View match against the Colorado Avalanche.

Which reminds me of this from Eric Duhatschek’s post on the Globe & Mail hockey blog just last week:

Asked if he had any plans to come of retirement, Fleury retorted: “Just for the shootout. I think I can still do that. I’m pretty good at it, in the basement, playing with the kids.”

Otherwise, Fleury says he’s through with hockey (“I hate it. I really do,” he said).

Love it or hate it, I guess he just can’t stay away from it.

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Eriksson Can Thank Draper For Nickname

from the Calgary Herald,

...Because Detroit, too, is where Anders Eriksson got saddled with that nickname.

“I guess I had a large behind when I got there,” he was recalling after the Calgary Flames practice Sunday afternoon. “That was Kris Draper’s funny joke. First it was Big Swede, then Big Ass, then Bubble Butt, then Bubba. Now, most of the guys just call me Bubs. That’s the evolution of the whole thing. It’s stuck for 12 years.”

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Kiprusoff is a Funny Guy

from the Calgary Herald,

To the ticket-buying public, he’s the saviour. The biggest reason why the Calgary Flames can stake a legitimate (some days more than others) claim to being a Stanley Cup contender.

But behind the mask? Under all those pads? Who is he?

Well, he’s a funny guy. Really. Teammates say so. Coaches say so…

“Miikka,” begins Sportsnet interviewer Jamie Thomas, following Kiprusoff’s brilliant performance against Nashville on Tuesday night, “when we talked in training camp, you said you didn’t want to talk about your contract until it was done. Now that it is, what can you say?”

“Well,” deadpans Kiprusoff, “now that it’s done, I don’t want to talk about it.”.

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Flames Turn Offensive

From the CP via TSN,

Previously known for their defensive prowess, the Calgary Flames are winning more by scoring goals than keeping the puck out of their own net. 

Calgary is coming off its best October since the lockout with a 6-3-3 record, which has the Flames chasing Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead. 

The Flames scored 17 more goals than they did last October playing just two more games in that month this year.

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Kiprusoff Will Sign Extension With Flames

From TSN,

The Calgary Flames have called a news conference tonight and sources tell TSN it is to announce a long-term contract extension for Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Sources add that the deal is worth approximately $35 million for six years, or an average annual cap hit for the Flames of about $5.8 million per year beyond this season.

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“Iggy’s” Fast Start

from the Calgary Sun,

...Heading into tonight’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche with six goals and 16 points in 10 games—his best career start to a season—Iginla is the toast of the town.

“You’re trying to improve at the start of the year, knowing from you heckling me that it’s not always happened,” he said yesterday with a laugh. “So you try to improve and do things differently.”

It’s something of a misnomer that Iginla is known as a slow starter. He’s collected at least seven points to start each of the last seven seasons, and reached double digits four times in that spell.

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