CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

What Naheed Nenshi’s re-election means for Calgary Flames arena talks

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-17

Despite being in the midst of a four-day break between games the Calgary Flames suffered a significant setback Monday night. And the repercussions of it might ultimately lead to a major loss for the city. Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who has been part of a very public war of words with the Flames over the new arena stalemate, was re-elected for a third term late Monday. Considered by the Flames to be the largest impediment between a potential deal for a new public/private arena to replace the aging Saddledome, Nenshi received 51.4 per cent of the vote in a hotly-contested race to continue governing Calgary for the next four years. Challenger Bill Smith, who was ahead in several polls leading up to the vote based on a campaign essentially aimed at not being Nenshi, received 43.7 per cent of the vote. The c

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Braid: Two waves of supporters crash mid-ocean, but do Nenshi's have life jackets?

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-17

It was always a battle over Calgary’s identity – would this city be non-partisan and progressive, or proudly conservative, with close links to the new United Conservative Party? It was settled Monday night at about 11 pm, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s apparent victory over rival Bill Smith. Nenshi’s deep pool of support rose up, rushed to the polls, and kept him in office. Nenshi’s relaltively non-partisan stance – not red or blue, just purple – will prevail for another four years. A great many Calgarians were upset with Nenshi – he really does have work on the arrogance thing. His vivid identity was starting to play against him. But in the end, the majority were apparently more concerned with Smith’s lack of idenity. He was the front for a well-run, extremely well-funded campaign. He is the first mayor candidate to buy ads in newspaper, radio and TV. Fans at the Flames first two homes games saw his mug up on the big screen.

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Jagr's critics far too harsh given value he brings to Flames

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-17

Three games into Jaromir Jagr’s stint with the Calgary Flames, and some are already suggesting the experiment is doomed to fail. They certainly don’t think he’s worthy of top-line minutes. They’re wrong. He may be out of breath, but he’s not out of his league or his element. However, to help the Debbie Downers out there who choose to dabble in such debate, let’s take a look at their argument. Based on exactly 47 shifts Jagr has taken in Flames silks, the naysayers have gone out on a limb by suggesting he’s simply too slow for today’s game. They, like many of us who are fascinated by his arrival, have done something fans rarely do by abandoning t

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Flames star Gaudreau scoring points with brother-in-law thanks to superb start

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-17

Thousands of poolies probably invested a first-round pick on Johnny Gaudreau. But unlike the legions of others counting on the Calgary Flames’ left-wing whiz to lead their fantasy teams to glory, this particular fan also happens to have Johnny Hockey’s cell-phone number. He can provide encouragement and feedback. “My brother-in-law took me early, so he’s pretty excited,” Gaudreau reported with a smile after Monday’s practice at the Saddledome. “He’s been texting me before every game — ‘Have a good night tonight.’ “I’ll be getting some heat if I don’t play well.” No heat so far, not with Gaudreau off to the best start — statistically, anyway — of his four full campaigns at the big-league level. The 23-year-old has piled up nine points in six skates so far, with two tallies and a team-leading seven assists. Heading into Monday’s light slate, Gaudreau was tied for fourth on the NHL’s point-productio

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Francis: Don't rush to judgement about Jaromir Jagr

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-10-17

Three games into Jaromir Jagr’s stint with the Calgary Flames and some are already suggesting the experiment is doomed to fail. They certainly don’t think he’s worthy of top line minutes. They’re wrong. He may be out of breath, but he’s not out of his league or his element. However, to help the Debbie Downers out there who choose to dabble in such debate, let’s take a look at their argument. Based on exactly 47 shifts Jagr has taken in Flames silks, the naysayers have gone out on a limb by suggesting he’s simply too slow for today’s game. They, like many of us who are fascinated by his arrival, have done something fans rarely do by abandoning the puck search so they can spend the majority of games simply watching his every move. Shift after shift they fixate on the Czech star, waiting for glimpses of the magic that helps a man become the second-leading scorer in NHL lore. So far, in 39 minutes of ice time (almost nine of t

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Flames' Johnny Gaudreau hot off the start

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-10-16

Thousands of poolies probably invested their first-round pick on Johnny Gaudreau.

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Francis: Flames' Jagr deserves longer leash than peers

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-10-16

Three games into Jaromir Jagr’s stint with the Calgary Flames and some are already suggesting the experiment is doomed to fail.

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Early Oilers struggles reminiscent of 2015-16 Flames regression

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-16

To try and figure out what ails the Edmonton Oilers this October, let’s travel back in time — and 300 kilometres down Highway 2 to Calgary — where two seasons ago we looked at a Flames team and used the word “unsustainable.” Remember those Flames and the controversy they became a few months after beating Vancouver in Round 1 of the 2015 playoffs? It was a Canucks team, we now know, that was in serious decline, and Calgary was beaten soundly in Round 2 by Anaheim. More than half of the young Flames roster had enjoyed career seasons in 2014-15. They had suffered precious few injuries, the goaltending tandem of Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo had overperformed, and Jiri Hudler somehow became a 76-point player. Many believed there was simply no way the Flames could do it over again the next year, that there h

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Early Oilers struggles reminiscent of 2015-16 Flames regression

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-16

To try and figure out what ails the Edmonton Oilers this October, let’s travel back in time — and 300 kilometres down Highway 2 to Calgary — where two seasons ago we looked at a Flames team and used the word “unsustainable.” Remember those Flames and the controversy they became a few months after beating Vancouver in Round 1 of the 2015 playoffs? It was a Canucks team, we now know, that was in serious decline, and Calgary was beaten soundly in Round 2 by Anaheim. More than half of the young Flames roster had enjoyed career seasons in 2014-15. They had suffered precious few injuries, the goaltending tandem of Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo had overperformed, and Jiri Hudler somehow became a 76-point player. Many believed there was simply no way the Flames could do it over again the next year, that there h

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Down Goes Brown Weekend Wrap: Senators conquer the West

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-10-16

Every Monday, Sean McIndoe looks back at weekend play in the NHL and the league’s biggest storylines. You can follow him on Twitter. Opening faceoff: Senator six-packs So that was a pretty decent road trip for the Senators. Facing back-to-back weekend games in Alberta, Ottawa put an even dozen goals on the board against the Flames and Oilers. Combined with Tuesday’s shootout win over the Canucks, that earned Ottawa the first sweep of a three-game Western road trip in franchise history. In the process, they gave both of their opponents plenty to think about. Friday’s 6–0 win over the Flames saw them light up Mike Smith, putting the first serious dent

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