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Kiprusoff Out Another Two Weeks

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Kiprusoff Wins Game #300 With Saves Like This

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Kiprusoff shone brightest in the final minutes of his 34-save outing, which included a highlight-reel stop in which he was on his stomach but able to catch a puck with his feet after it rolled down his back.

Talk about a great way to reach a milestone.

“It’s nice. I try not to think about it too much, but it’s there now. And that was a huge win for us,” he said. “It’s not the easiest building to win in, but it’s not a big thing for me it’s against San Jose.”

more on the win last night…

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Would The Flames Move Kiprusoff?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Lost in the shuffle that brought Mike Cammalleri back to Calgary is the fact Calgary may just have landed Miikka Kiprusoff’s replacement as part of the six-man deal.

And if indeed Karri Ramo is as good as advertised, how soon will the Flames look to make the move many fans in the Sea of Red have long dreaded: The trading of No. 34?

After all, his no-movement clause expires this July.

While Cammalleri was certainly the primary player in the six-player swap with Montreal Thursday, Flames GM Jay Feaster wasted no time letting people know his European scouts were convinced the star goaltender of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Avangard Omsk is “the best goalie in Europe.”...

At age 35, Kiprusoff is still a workhorse and one of the league’s money goaltenders – a man who has been, without question, the Flames’ MVP this season. He has two-and-a-half more years left on his contract with the fifth-highest cap hit in the league at $5.8 million.

That said, his salary drops to $5 million next year and $1.5 million for the final year, making him an attractive acquisition for any team in need of a big-game goalie.

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Video- Stop Pushing The Suspension Button

Some fans, and I question the word fans at this point, want David Booth suspended or at least have Hockey Ops take a look at this…

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Plan To See Less Of Kiprusoff This Season

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

When someone asked whether goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff would play more than 70 games again this season, Feaster wasn’t looking around for head coach Brent Sutter for an answer.

It was a resounding, “No.”

“The workload’s too great,” said Feaster of his all-star netminder. “In order for us to reduce Kipper’s workload, we have to have a backup goaltender the coach has confidence in there. We have to have a backup goaltender the players believe in the same way.

“I can tell you Sutter has all the confidence in the world in (Henrik) Karlsson.

“I promise you that we’re going to reduce Kipper’s workload this year.”

more from the Flames Town Hall Q & A last night….

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A Great Shot Or Bad Goal?

Cam Fowler of the Ducks with the game winner late in OT against the Flames.

I went to bed thinking more of a bad goal than a great shot.  I see a lot of open net to the left of Kiprusoff who may have been thinking forehand instead of backhand.

Goalie experts, what do you think?

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Kiprusoff Continues To Slump

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In years past this was the type of evening Kiprusoff lived for: A goaltender’s duel against a fellow Finn with a reputation for being equally as stingy.

But for the fourth time this year, it’s a battle with Niklas Backstrom that found Kiprusoff on the losing side despite the fact the Wild netminder is no longer one of the game’s elite ‘keepers and his club isn’t much of a threat to any team outside of Calgary. In that once classic tete-a-tete Kiprusoff has allowed 15 goals, Backstrom three.

Three minutes into the evening, Kiprusoff over-committed while sliding across to try stopping a Martin Havlat shot from the hash marks, to no avail. This time the kind of shot he’d routinely stop in the past was no match for No. 34.

Three minutes later, Mikko Koivu’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle slipped past Kiprusoff who barely reacts. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he was screened by Andrew Brunette during the powerplay.

Nonetheless, game over.

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The Future Of Giguere And Kiprusoff

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

An unrestricted free agent this summer, Giguère realizes he needs to show the rest of the league down the stretch he deserves a new deal in a climate where veterans like Jose Theodore have taken huge pay cuts and backup roles to stay in the NHL.

Kiprusoff, meanwhile, remains in the Flames’ picture for now, as unlike the Leafs, Calgary hasn’t pursued any type of youth movement.

Rumblings are that could be coming, however, and when it does, the fellow sitting only 20 wins behind Mike Vernon for most Ws in franchise history could get the tap on the shoulder from new GM Jay Feaster and a request to accept a ticket out of town.

Neither netminder is likely to fetch all that much these days, not in a league where, save for the ageless Tim Thomas, it’s been a trying year for goalies of a certain vintage, with Martin Brodeur, Marty Turco and Nikolai Khabibulin leading the way.

Big, young and cheap is quickly becoming the NHL’s winning formula in goal – and the rest of the season is vitally important for Kiprusoff and Giguère to prove otherwise.

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Too Many Soft Goals Given Up By Kiprusoff

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Say what you want about unfortunate deflections, screens and a lack of strong defence in front of him, Kiprusoff isn’t stealing points for his team the way he has in the past. He’s costing them some.

Flames head coach Brent Sutter is holding his star goaltender accountable, and there’s a good chance backup Henrik Karlsson gets the start Friday against the Ottawa Senators. If he plays well and wins, maybe Karlsson goes again the next night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

“Kipper is obviously a very good goaltender but right now he’s fighting it,” Sutter said after the 6-5 shootout loss to the Hurricanes Tuesday night in Carolina.

He left his five-hole wide open on a backhander from Eric Staal that gave the Canes a two-goal cushion early in the second period and was yanked in favour of Karlsson after allowing a fourth puck to get past him on eight shots.

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Video- Save Of The Day Candidate

Miikka Kiprusoff preserves a tie game late in OT against Philadelphia.  Flames won the game in a shootout.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/25/10 (Catching Up on the Weekend Edition!)

We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:

Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.

Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.

And, finally, on to Sunday’s honors:

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/11/10

Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.

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Strangest Goal Of The Night

Scrum along the boards, just outside the offensive blue line.  Mason Raymond of the Canucks finds the puck, lifts it about 40 feet in the air towards Miikka Kiprusoff who never sees the puck and it drops right into the net.

Vancouver up 4-1 after the 1st period against the Flames.

added 9:53pm, Watch the video…and actually, the play was from center ice, not the blue line like I stated earlier.

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Kiprusoff The Difference Maker

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

This year, however, there has been a dramatic turnaround in the 33-year-old’s performance, as he has a 2.21 goals against average and .927 save percentage.

Considering Kiprusoff has faced 756 shots on goal so far this season, if he was still stopping pucks at a .903 clip, he would have allowed approximately 18 more goals than the 55 he’s let in so far this season, which would lift his goals against average to 2.94.

That’s a major impact to a Flames team that has scored 17 more goals than their opposition this season and it’s why I view Miikka Kiprusoff as making the primary difference for the Flames this season.

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Miikka Kiprusoff With The Save Of The Night

The HNIC version can be viewed below with Kevin Weekes providing the color…

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Kiprusoff Wants Team Finland Starting Goaltender Job

from CTVOlympics,

Miikka Kiprusoff wants to start for the Finnish hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but the Flames goaltender says if he isn’t going to be the team’s No.1 guy, he’d sooner stay home.

“I’d probably not go in that case,” says Kiprusoff in a Tuesday story in The Calgary Herald. “If I’m not going to start for sure, I think I’m going to take that time off and rest.”

Kiprusoff currently has 12 wins, five losses and two overtime losses, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .914 save percentage.

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Misleading Stats

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Talk about numbers not telling the story.

Yes, it’s true Kiprusoff has only once surrendered two or fewer goals this season. Curiously, it was in a 2-1 defeat.

Yes, he has a goals-against average of 3.23 and a .902 save percentage.

Those are facts.

But to say he’s been struggling is dead wrong.

Through the first 10-game segment of the season, which concludes with tomorrow night’s clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Kiprusoff has been the club’s MVP.

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Calgary Flames Media Day

Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:

Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..

A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.

And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:

Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .

 

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Kiprusoff Is The Key

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has to make a difference.

He needs to be the difference.

Incapable of shutting down the Chicago Blackhawks offence in the regular season, the Calgary Flames defence has an even bigger hole that could be exposed with Robyn Regehr out of the lineup a couple more weeks.

Even Regehr had trouble containing some of the speedy Hawks forwards as the Flames dropped all four games to the up-and-coming Original Six squad that has given new life to the Windy City this winter.

That means Kiprusoff can expect to be tested.

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You Have To Bury Those Kyle

from Scott Cruickshank at Flames Insider,

After stunning saves on RW Steve Bernier (left pad) and C Mats Sundin (glove), Kiprusoff had needed to lunge to his right when puck squirted over to Wellwood. The shot, seemingly into an empty net, was batted away by the back of the Flames netminder’s paddle.

Great save, right?

“Kyle got what he deserves,” said Vigneault. “I mean, he is not bearing down and had an open net. He’s shooting the puck two miles an hour. You have to bear down, you have to put your full weight into it, you have to shoot it. He might have been standing there a little bit. Obviously, it looked like the goalie made a big save, but the player didn’t have a great attempt there.”

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Considering Kiprusoff For The Vezina

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For some reason, Kiprusoff is not getting his due around the league for the Flames fortunes.

The critics, especially those who don’t watch the unflappable Finn mind the twine for Calgary night after night, are quick to point out his higher-than-expected goals-against average (2.76, tied for 25th best in the league prior to yesterday’s action) and lower-than-usual save percentage (.905, good for 27th place).

Despite a league-leading 30 wins—which gives him a shot at becoming the first goalie in NHL history to reach 50 in a season—Kiprusoff’s success is pinned on playing for an upper echelon team nearly every game.

The argument may be valid, but Kiprusoff warrants more respect than he’s receiving.

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Kiprusoff On Pace For 50 Wins

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Appearing in all but two of the Flames’ first 41 contests, Kiprusoff has already racked up 25 victories. No goaltender has ever won 50 in a single season.

Kicking off that quest tonight with the St. Louis Blues visiting the Saddledome Kiprusoff is well-rested after four days between games.

“It was a good break,” said the 32-year-old Finn. “To have some time with your family, it’s always good.

“But when you’re used to going every day so hard, it’s tough to come back. Even after a couple of days off, it feels weird. You have to really concentrate to get your mind back into the game.”

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Comparing Kiprusoff and Toskala

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

It figures to be an interesting goaltending match-up Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their western Canadian trip in Calgary to play the Flames. Not only do the Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff and the Leafs’ Vesa Toskala both hail from Finland, they were both groomed in the San Jose Sharks’ organization and both traded away so that Evgeni Nabokov would be that organization’s clear-cut No. 1 netminder.

Kiprusoff and Toskala are considered among the NHL’s goaltending elite, but their numbers don’t reflect that at the moment…

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Hot Flame

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Kiprusoff, whose big contract and big early-season goals-against-average had all kinds of critics questioning his abilities, continues to be a key cog in the club’s winning spree.

While the offensive heroes keep changing, he continues to be the constant, shining between the pipes night after night.

During Calgary’s winning streak, Kiprusoff has posted a sparkling 1.40 goals-against-average and .952 save percentage.

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Kiprusoff Just Worried About Winning

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Too old, too slow, too nonchalant—the Flames goalie lets it all whistle by him like a rising slapshot over the net.

“I’m kind of used to it,” Kiprusoff said Wednesday as the Flames packed their bags for tonight’s game in Nashville against the Predators. “That’s how it is to be a player, a goalie in the NHL.

“First, you’re young and not experienced. Then, you’re old. It’s always something.”

And it’s something Kiprusoff chooses not to concern himself with.

“I have worries to be able to help this team win games here,” the Finn said. “And take care of my body and keep in good shape.”

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Did Keenan Do The Right Thing?

from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,

Several players were furious but couldn’t say anything for obvious reasons.

Team members watching from the press box also lost their minds.

Miikka Kiprusoff bit his tongue.

Even the San Jose Sharks players were so surprised by the minor league move, they side-stepped the controversy altogether.

One day after Mike Keenan scuttled any chance of a comeback in Game 7 by pulling Miikka Kiprusoff late in the second period of a 4-2 game, the debate rages on over Captain Hook’s panic move.

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Flames Need ‘Kipper’ Tonight

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.

The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.

As in tonight.

Or else this season is kaput.

Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.

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Flames Must Play Kiprusoff

from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,

First question I had for the coach after the game was who his starting goaltender would be Game 4.

“I thought you might ask to start a controversy,” was his opener.

“We’ll have to wait and see.”

Guess who is starting a controversy Mikey? You and only you.

If indeed there is a one in a million chance you’re actually thinking about starting Game 3 replacement Curtis Joseph instead of Miikka Kiprusoff I assure you you are the only one in North America who thinks it would be wise.
The correct answer would have been: Miikka.

Instead, you risk further infuriating one of the game’s premiere netminders who is the only reason the Flames have a shot at pulling off an upset over San Jose.

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Kipper Comes Through

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Eleven minutes to go in a 6-1 game and the crowd was on its feet.

Not because of Daymond Langkow’s hat-trick minutes earlier or because the Flames turned in the type of beat-down fans have expected to see more of all year.

This time, it was for Miikka Kiprusoff.

Yep—the guy relegated to backup status if only in the sports pages as the collective hearts of the city were aflutter over the signing of Curtis Joseph this week.

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Do The Mind Games Start

from George Johnson at ESPN,

The joker in the deck, however, is how incumbent Miikka Kiprusoff, the silent Finn, will react to the support (threat?) posed by a goalie who, although 40 and well past his peak, has still won 446 regular-season NHL games and himself been feted as a Vezina Trophy finalist.

The Flames can argue until they’re blue in the face that Joseph’s arrival means a fresher, more motivated Kipper, that he will embrace the competition and chance to swap stories and secrets with a fellow lodge brother.

Nobody’s trying to turn this into a goaltending controversy, but Kiprusoff could easily interpret the signing as a lack of faith, a kind of betrayal.

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Keenan Vs. Kipper

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

...All is not daisies and buttercups between Iron Mike and the none-too-chipper Kipper.

The strain, hinted at on a few occasions already as the the halfway point of the NHL season approaches, is showing.

Keenan obviously wants more, and more consistently, from this franchise’s meal-ticket goaltender, who has, it must be said, been sub-par by his own towering standards for much of this season. Kiprusoff, just as obviously, isn’t over the moon about playing monkey to Keenan’s organ grinder - Pinocchio puppet to Iron Mike’s wicked Stromboli.

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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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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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Flames Talking Contract Extension With Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Herald,

While GM Darryl Sutter was critical of the recent play of his goalie on Wednesday, the Flames still see him as a linchpin in the lineup. And despite the jibes of Sutter and coach Mike Keenan about a slow start, Kiprusoff continues to be bullish on Calgary. (It’s just one Kumbaya short of a love-in.)

As for anything imminent to announce from said discussions, however . . . do not hold your breath. Kiprusoff remains firm about being paid like the top goalie in the NHL—that would be in the $6.75-million US range being enjoyed by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. And he’s looking for recognition that he’s equally as important to the Flames as is captain Jarome Iginla. He of the five-year, $7-million-per-year payday.

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Keenan Comes Down On Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Herald,

After a Thursday afternoon’s practice in Dallas, Keenan managed to smack both his goalie and his struggling team by offering this assessment of the Detroit contest: “You most likely aren’t going to win any road game putting 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular. And our goaltender wasn’t spectacular.”...

“It’s not our responsibility to get them going,” he said. “It’s their responsibility. Jarome (Iginla) did a lot of work in the off-season to get ready and now he’s got to get his game together. And Kiprusoff, if he has notorious slow starts, that’s his responsibility to contribute to the team as he should be able to on consistent basis once the season does start. So he’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to have to do to make some improvements quickly.”

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Kiprusoff Wants To Stay With Calgary

from the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has a message for Calgary Flames fans.

His top priority is to re-sign with the club.

Rumours may be swirling the star netminder wants to bolt the Stampede City in favour of a warmer locale or one with less scrutiny, but Kiprusoff said his No.-1 priority is to ink a pact with the Flames.

“That’s my first option, for sure,” he said after going through the paces of fitness testing yesterday at the Saddledome as training camp opened. “I’d love to stay here.”

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