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The Best Time of the Year

Posted in All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, NHL, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2008 by flamesfan77

Hello Hockey Fans,

Today is what we all wait for.  The NHL playoffs begin tonight and I can’t wait.  First, we have Crosby in his sophomore playoff performance.  How will he perform in his second matchup against Ottawa?

Then we have the Flames vs the Sharks in what should be one of the best first-round matchups. Joe vs Jarome? Sign me up!

We also have division rivals the Rangers and Devils and Avalanche and Wild going to battle.

Ovechkin makes his debut against the Flyers, while the Habs look to continue their dominance against the Bruins.

I know I missed some matchups, but they are obviously not as exciting…

Enjoy!

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Western Conference Playoff Preview

Posted in All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, NHL, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2008 by flamesfan77

Detroit vs Nashville:

Everyone thinks Detroit will run over Nashville, but Detroit has had problems in the playoffs in recent years.  Nashville also has been hot down the stretch.  I predict Detroit, but in 6.

San Jose vs Calgary:

Well you may think I made this choice because I am a homer, but I will give my rationale.  The Flames won the season series 3-1, with victories twice in San Jose.  San Jose has been hot since acquiring Campbell, but Campbell is not a solid playoff performer.  The same could be said about the Sharks as they have struggled in recent years.  Kipper also loves to play well against the team that gave up on him.  I say Calgary in 6.

Minnesota vs Colorado:

This is an even match up, but I think Colorado has been the better team when healthy, which they are(besides season ending injuries).  Minnesota will try and trap, but Sakic and Forsberg will be too much and Colorado will win in 6.

Anaheim vs Dallas:

This should be a great series.  Unless Turco stands on his head Anaheim will be too strong to overcome.  They have been hot since they got their two veterans back, and Gigeure is a great playoff goalie.  Anaheim wins in 6.

What a Difference a Day Makes

Posted in Alex Tanguay, All-star, Calgary Flames, Cujo, Daymond Langkow, Hockey, Iginla, kristian huselius, Mike Keenan, NHL, Stanley Cup, trade, TSN with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by flamesfan77

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With all the recent trade talk surrounding Alex Tanguay most thought he would not play another shift for the Calgary Flames after Tuesday.  Well not only is that wrong, but he got a promotion.  At practice Tanguay was on the Flames top line with Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow. 

Mike Keenan removed Kristian Huselius from the top line after his hot play had cooled in recent games.

The Flames decided to not make any moves at the deadline and feel they can contend with the rest of the West.  The only issue now is signing the many free agents that will be getting a raise in the offseason.

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2010 Olympic Team

Posted in All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, Joe Sakic, lecavailer, Martin Brodeur, NHL, Olympics, Ottawa Senators, Phaneuf, Roberto luongo, Scott Niedermayer, Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay Lightning, Wayne Gretzky with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2008 by flamesfan77

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TSN and CBC have recently conducted a pole to see who should represent Canada at the 2010 winter Olympics in Men’s Ice Hockey and the results are hard to argue with.  The Calgary Flames are represented by three players; Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr.  Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur were the top two goaltenders while Sidney Crosby, Jasan Spezza and Dany Heatley were among the top vote getter’s on the offensive side of the team. 

Obviously with this happening two years early many things could happen but no matter who is on the team I will be excited to watch them play.

Who do you think is missing?

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Phaneuf Locked Up

Posted in Alex Tanguay, All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, miikka kiprusoff, NHL, Phaneuf, Phoenix Coyotes, Salary Cap, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Fresh off a two goal performance in the Calgary Flames comeback against the Phoenix Coyotes, all-star defenseman Dion Phaneuf has signed a six year contract, reportedly worth 6.5 million a year.   This locks up a solid, yet expensive starting line-up for the Calgary flames that could lead to the trade of Alex Tanguay in the near future to clear of Salary Cap room. 

The Flames will have to carefully balance the remaining budget in hopes of being Stanley Cup contenders in future seasons, but with the rise of the Salary Cap in recent years this should not be an issue. 

Sutter will  now move on to locking up Huselius and Langkow who will demand raises next year.

Link Here.

Phaneuf Close to Long-Term Deal

Posted in Alex Tanguay, All-star, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, miikka kiprusoff, NHL, Phaneuf with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2008 by flamesfan77

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It has been reported that Dion Phaneuf and the Calgary Flames are close to signing a long-term contract extension for the All-Star defenseman.  The Flames feel it is important to lock up their star before he gets an offer sheet in the summer that they would be forced to match, or risk losing him like the Oilers did to the Ducks for Dustin Penner. 

It has been rumoured to be in the 6-7 million dollar a year range, which makes Calgary have a very expensive top 7 with Iginla, Regehr, Kiprusoff, Aucoin, Tanguay and Sarich adding up to over 30 million already.  Thankfully the NHL salary cap has been steadily going upward which will give Calgary a little flexibility in filling out its roster in the coming seasons.

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All-Star Game Great

Posted in All-star, Hockey, Iginla, NHL, rick dipietro with tags , , , , on January 28, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Although I have trashed it in the past, this past NHL All-Star game was actually one of the best I have ever seen.  There was intensity, great plays and a game that came down to the final thirty seconds.

  I loved the commentary from the goalies during the game, especially at the start when Rick Dipietro was scored on in record time to start an all-star game. 

One criticism is that the players should shoot more and be a little more selfish, but hockey players for the most part are not showboats and would feel uncomfortable doing this, and half the time the 3-4 passes worked.

All in all it was a great weekend and the fans in Atlanta showed how great they are making the game loud and exciting!

Here is video Highlights of the All-Star super-skills competition.