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Flames taking their time with new arena process


The Edmonton Oilers are having difficulties getting the level of public funding they desire for their new arena. Elsewhere in Alberta, the Calgary Flames have their own ambitions to build a new home and presumably have the taxpayers pick up some of the bill.

So is the Oilers’ recent saga a sign of things to come for the Flames?

“It has no effect on us,” said Flames president Ken King in a Calgary Sun report.

Maybe not, but the Flames certainly have challenges of their own.

When Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi compared Edmonton’s situation to Calgary’s, he didn’t do so in a light that is likely to encourage the Flames.

“Edmonton has a very, very different context, as they need a revitalization in their downtown, which we don’t need as much,” Nenshi said. As far as he’s concerned it would be “extremely difficult to justify spending very scarce public money on a professional sports arena.”

Nenshi did point out that the Calgary Flames haven’t asked him for public funding — yet.

The bad taste left from Oilers owner Daryl Katz controversial tactics combined with the ongoing lockout might make this a less than ideal time to push for a new arena. However, King has suggested that the Flames’ eventual proposal will include facility housing, which might make it easier to secure public funding.

In addition, the Flames ownership does have the respect of the current Mayor.

“I think the ownership of the Flames are very decent, honourable people,” said Nenshi. “They’re not out to screw the public.”

King said that when the time is right, “there will be more dialogue with the city and with the public” about their plans.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?