Flames notes: Advice from Sutter, D pairing speculation and praise for the owner
Glencross’s skate witht the Red Deer Rebels allows him to bend ex-Calgary coach’s ear
Sutter, who took over the head coaching duties in Red Deer earlier this season, gave the Calgary Flames winger some sage advice as the deal between the NHL and NHLPA drew closer to a decision.
Having gone through the 1994-95 lockout as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sutter, the former Flames coach, played 47 games that year when the sides finally came together.
“He had a little talk with us after the practice and said, ‘now it’s a marathon,’ ” Glencross was saying. “You can’t afford to go on them four- or five-game losing streaks.
“Every game is an important game. It’s whoever can get it rolling quicker and get on the same page and get the wins up early, that’s how it’s going to get done.”
WHERE WILL WIDEMAN BE PAIRED?
It remains to be seen whether head coach Bob Hartley decides to hook up Mark Giordano and newcomer Dennis Wideman on one of the top-two pairings for the Flames.
Regardless, Giordano positively raves about the talent of the former Washington Capitals rearguard.
As a member of the Owen Sound Attack, Giordano regularly faced off against Wideman and his London Knights.
“I’ve played a lot against him,” Giordano said of the big-name signing on the blue line. “He moves the puck really well. He has cannon of a shot, a really heavy shot. He’s just a good, puck-moving defenceman. He plays the game well. He sees the ice well.”
The Flames ranked a respectable 13th overall last year with the man advantage with a success rate of 17.7 per cent.
In Giordano’s mind, that number should climb with Wideman in the neighbourhood.
“The one thing he has is that weapon, that heavy, heavy shot,” Giordano said. “ If he gets that through, most of the time it’s a really good scoring chance or a goal. He really does move the puck well and makes really good plays.”
EDWARDS' CONTRIBUTIONS HUGE
As players across the league thanked their leader, Donald Fehr, over the last 48 hours, Flames president Ken King took time to acknowledge the work of owner Murray Edwards.
In virtually every television shot of Gary Bettman heading into bargaining sessions, Edwards was either standing right beside or behind the commissioner as a member of the NHL’s negotiating committee.
“I think that most people understand he has an extraordinary agenda and a lot of companies,” King said. “The commitment he gave to this — weeks and weeks and week of going back and forth to New York and being holed up in hotel rooms throughout the negotiating process — was amazing. The contribution was extraordinary.
“He in his normal humility would describe it as a team effort, and it certainly was. But no one could or should underestimate the importance of his valuable contribution.”
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