Calgary Flames: News And Notes

Tim SteinContributor IFebruary 1, 2009

According to a report on Hockey Night in Canada, the Calgary Flames will clash with the San Jose Sharks in a double-header in Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's hometown country of Finland. The report stated the Flames will kick off the 2009-2010 season in Helsinki.
The Edmonton Oilers' organization, in playing "spoil sport", successfully stopped a Calgary radio station from playing a parody song entitled "GOALA", referring to the Oilers' 10-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres last week.
After lobbying the league and Rogers Broadcasting, Calgary's FAN 960 was politely asked to remove the tune, parodied after The Kinks' "Lola", from their website and cease playing the song on their station.
FAN 960 complied, yet at the same time pointed out how childish the team made themselves look.
Of course the injunction did not stop some enterprising individual from turning the parody into a video and posting it on ( The Oilers contended that the song used copyrighted material, primarily audio clips of the Oilers' broadcast team.
This past week saw the Flames beat the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-1. This win marks the first time in franchise history that the Calgary Flames have swept the Predators in their regular season series.
The Flames have been involved in a few trade rumors lately. Most notably is the speculation that they were interested in the Ottawa Senators' goaltender Martin Gerber. There have been a few other rumors to add to this. Mostly the ludicrous suggestion that defenseman Chris Pronger would join the team in a trade with Anaheim.
Any Flames fan will know that any trade GM Darryl Sutter makes will never make the rumor rounds.
Rumors posted anywhere usually means you can pretty much strike it off your possibility list. The more you hear of a trade rumour involving the Flames, the less likely it will take place.
With his second hat-trick of the season against the Buffalo Sabres this past week and eight goals in his past four games, center Michael Cammalleri has shot past captain and right wing Jarome Iginla in the goals-scored department.
As of today, Cammalleri has 25 goals, while Iginla has 19. Though the Calgary captain leads the team in points with 55, the real work begins very soon. With No. 13 set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, many fans in the city are clamoring for GM Sutter to re-sign him as soon as possible.
The problem at this moment is the restriction of the salary cap. The minimum Cammalleri should make would as of now break that cap.
Of course, nothing would come into effect until a new contract kicks in. The prevalent rumour is that Cammalleri wants to play in Toronto next season. Cammalleri is from Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto.
Former Calgary Flames assistant coach Wayne Fleming has finally made the big breakup with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.
This time, it's clear that he is no longer the head coach of the Russian hockey club, and Fleming is on his way back to Canada from Siberia.
Only three weeks ago, Fleming was apparently let go during the second intermission of a league game. Avangard, which had been trailing at the time, won 2-1 in overtime after assistant coach Igor Nikitin took over his spot behind the bench.
Right Wing Jarome Iginla finally scored his first-ever goal at the annual NHL All-Star game last weekend in Montreal. Iginla has been to the yearly event five-times in his career. After the game, he was quoted as saying, "There were 23 goals scored. I was bound to get one of them."
Starting Monday with a game against the Colorado Avalanche, the Calgary Flames will face the prospect of playing 13 games in 26 days, an average of one game every other day. With the team only five points behind Detroit for second in the Western Conference with a game in hand, there is a very real possibility of them challenging for the second seed in the conference.