CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

With their climb just starting, Flames motivated by local mountain man

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-18

Each June, when a squad reaches — cue the cliché — the NHL’s mountaintop, every guy on the roster enjoys a spin on the ice with the Stanley Cup hoisted high above their heads. When an expedition approaches the summit of Mount Everest, it might only be one or two climbers who actually stand on the peak. That’s what the Calgary Flames learned from adventurer and motivational speaker Jamie Clarke during Monday’s awe-inspiring team-building session at a downtown restaurant. “It was one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard, to be honest,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano. “You take away the team aspect of it and how much preparation and how much works goes into it. And I took away that at the top of the mountain when the guys get to go to the top, it’s only two out of the group that get to actually touch the summit. “I mean, that’s a buy-in when you know that you’re not going to be the one with the glory at the end to actually touc

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Jagr Adds Depth & Flexibility to the Flames

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-10-18

After a disappointing camp from some of their younger players, the Calgary Flames made waves when the regular season began by signing hockey legend Jaromir Jagr. Rather than shoe-horn in a untested prospect into their top nine forward ranks, or promote a fourth liner over their head, general manager Brad Treliving opted to recruit Jagr and give his team more depth.

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Braid: Hard election lessons for the UCP, and the Flames

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-18

Alberta conservatives just bought themselves a fantastic Calgary voter list for the 2019 provincial election. But they overpaid. It’s all they got for more than $1 million spent on Bill Smith’s failed mayoral campaign. Conservatives also won a lesson, if they choose to hear it. Calgary may not be so easy for the United Conservative Party to win. Monday night showed that a clear majority of voters — 199,000 who voted for Naheed Nenshi — prefer moderate, centrist, non-partisan leadership. If that’s the trend in Calgary, the UCP can count on it being twice as tough in left-of-centre Edmonton. The details aren’t so simple, of course. Individuals had many reasons to vote for or against Nenshi and Smith. This election was a complex emotional ordeal. But this election was partly a rejection of partisan money, resulting in another rebuff of conservative dominance in Calgary, every bit as dramatic as the 2015 blowout of conservative MLAs by the

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High winds break windows and fan wildfires, forcing evacuations near Airdrie and Coleman

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-18

At least one home was destroyed when wildfires fanned by strong winds roared through a neighbourhood north of Calgary.  Fire crews from Rocky View County, Airdrie and Calgary spent Tuesday afternoon battling flames blown by strong winds into the Sharp Hill neighbourhood near Balzac, destroying one home and putting others at risk.  Residents were ordered from their homes as crews struggled to contain the wind-whipped flames, housed in a temporary shelter at Genesis Place in Airdrie.  By the evening, crews managed to get much of the blaze under control, and continued to search for flare-ups and hot spots into the night.  In Calgary, emergency crews were overwhelmed with wind-related calls, which at its peak saw up to 50 Calgary fire trucks dispatched to 36 simultaneous calls.  Advance warning of Tuesday’s windstorm gave city emergency crews precious time to prepare for the coming weather, said Calgary Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sa

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Francis: No doubt Flames were election night losers

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-10-18

In a city deeply divided on funding an NHL arena, there’s one thing Calgarians can all agree on: the chances of a new rink being built anytime soon just got even more remote.

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Election night tweets open new front in Flames arena cold war with city

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-17

The arena cold war between the owners of the Flames and city heated up on election night, with a pair of since deleted tweets suggesting some bad blood remains amidst the stalled talks. As mayor-elect Naheed Nenshi began to pull away from challenger Bill Smith late Monday night, the team’s director of communications, Sean Kelso, took aim at the man who has staunchly opposed funnelling any unrecoverable public dollars into a new venue for the team. “I can’t believe it YYC. Having @Nenshi as mayor is worse than @realDonaldTrump being president. #arrogant #bracefordisaster #outoftouch,” he tweeted from a Twitter account labelled as his personal one.

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Canucks’ Loui Eriksson out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-17

Vancouver Canucks forward Loui Eriksson will miss the next four to six weeks with a knee sprain. Coach Green confirms Eriksson will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a knee sprain. — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 17, 2017 The 32-year-old was hurt during Saturday’s loss to the Calgary Flames. Eriksson has spent much of his time this year playing with

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Predators recall Gaudreau, Weber placed on injured reserve

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-17

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals and placed defenceman Yannick Weber on injured reserve. The Predators announced the moves Tuesday before hosting the Colorado Avalanche. Gaudreau from Bromont, Quebec, played in nine games with Nashville last season, and the forward was at his best in the playoffs where he scored three goals in eight games. Gaudreau became the first player since John Harms with Chicago in 1944 to score the first t

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Canucks aiming to be better than ‘average’ vs. Senators

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-17

“Average” is front of mind for the Vancouver Canucks. It’s what they’re calling themselves after a tough start to the season. The Canucks have one win in four games and after a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at home Saturday when Vancouver couldn’t capitalize on five first-period power play chances, they need to be more than just ave

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Six Thoughts Through Six Flames Games

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-10-17

The Calgary Flames have shown a little bit of everything to start the 2017-18 season. After opening the campaign with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames bounced back with a six-goal outburst in their home opener, which kickstarted a three-game winning streak, involving wins over the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, and Los Angeles Kings. The three-game run then came to an abrupt halt in a 6-0 home loss to the visiting Ottawa Senators. But again, they rebounded the following night with a 5-2 over the Vancouver Canucks. When all said and done, it equals four wins in six games, and an overall good start for the Flames. 1) Smith Shining To say Mike Smith has been good for the Flames so far would be an understatement. He has been the best player on the ice to start the season, continually making big save after big save and giving the team a chance to win each game.

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