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.If true this might be more about marketing than about hockey.
Notes on Erixon from two games I saw. First and most important comment on his play is how smart he is. From first shift to the end of game he shows smart positioning, smart passing and the whole way he read the game was top notch. There's players who might look good and make smart moves in single shifts but cause terrible giveaway in the next but Erixon isn't that way. He was very consistent from shift to shift and never seemed to get into big trouble (wasn't flashy either though).A Finnish Calgarypucker relates a first hand account of Tim Erixon.
Jokinen isn’t known for his passing skills, he’s a shooter first. But his big-body presence will give opposing defenders something to think about instead of keying only on Iginla.Sigh.
In Calgary, the Flames are right up against the cap with a talented squad that added Bouwmeester during the offseason. Where that leaves UFA-bound Olli Jokinen remains to be seen. "Management wants to see how the team plays early in the season and what role Olli has in that, and then we'll see how we proceed from there," said Jokinen's agent, Mark Gandler. "It looks like the changes the team made are positive changes, and it's the right team for Olli. I know Olli feels that way and the GM feels that way. So we'll see what happens."Sutter's going to wait on Jokinen (Tip of the hat to CP [blech])
To Sutter, guarding the net is the key to success in the standings. Miikka Kiprusoff can’t be called upon to win games all by himself. "I want to be a team that’s good on both sides of the puck," Sutter said. "I want to be a team that keeps quality scoring chances down and keeps the shot total down."Music to my ears
"We have had several architectural looks created for our new building," King said. "We have been in contact and consultation with several major architectural and construction firms in Calgary and have been working on them. "Requests for proposals will be going out in the next three or four months. "We have had informal discussions, and I want to stress, informal discussions at all government levels, that's the provincial government, the federal government and the city."Ken King on the Flames theoretical new future arena. I love the team, but if they ask for funding from the public purse, expect me to go all Andy Grabia on their butts.
HENRIK BJORKLUND (CGY 2009 draft pick) dominated in the J-20 Nordic Trophy tournament as he led all scoring ...in the 4GP (Farjestads went undeafted in 4 games to win the tournament) he had 5 goals and 5 assists and was a +8Nice stats in a small sample for recent draftee Bjorklund. Although I have to admit I have no idea what the competition is like at the "J-20 Nordic Trophy Tournament".
It may be the hottest rumour on Internet sites, but forget about Mike Comrie and the Edmonton Oilers kissing and making up. "It ain't happening ... he ain't coming here," said a well-informed source. "Mike doesn't fit any need that we have right now."Is there a fanbase that gets teased and then rejected more than Edmonton Oilers faithful? I honestly don't think so.
There could be a new French Connection in the works, as RDS is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms of a contract with Alex Tanguay pending a physical.There go the dreams of getting back Tanguay for cheap. Long shot, I know. It'll be interesting to see how much he signed for. Suddenly Tampa Bay doesn't look too bad...
Dany Heatley is a Calgarian. Really, he is. You just wouldn't know it by the reaction the disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger received Thursday night at the Team Canada Red vs. White Scrimmage at the Pengrowth Saddledome.Booed in his hometown during Olympic try-outs because of a (failed?) trade request. Heatley should fire his agent.