Kronwall Returns to Sweden

Pat Steinberg
October 11 2010 02:05PM

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Staffan Kronwall #8 of the Calgary Flames makes his way to the ice for warm-up prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

 

Calgary Flames and Abbotsford Heat defenceman Staffan Kronwall has opted to end his tenure with the American Hockey League's Heat, and instead return to his home club in Sweden.  It's a decision that comes with the blessing of both teams, and is probably mutually beneficial for both sides.

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Postgame: That's Better

Pat Steinberg
October 10 2010 09:28PM

Calgary Flames' Curtis Glencross (20) scores on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Well, that's a whole lot better.  After Calgary's 4-0 loss on the road in Edmonton, the Flames looked a whole lot better Sunday in their home opener, a 3-1 win over the LA Kings.  Curtis Glencross scored goal #1 on the season, shorthanded to boot, and Calgary rode a strong performance from Miikka Kiprusoff in net en route to the win.

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FGD: Take Two

Pat Steinberg
October 10 2010 01:25PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07:  Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames is pursued by Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center on December 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

So, after a game that everyone wants to forget on Thursday night in Edmonton, the Calgary Flames open their home schedule tonight at the newly minted Scotiabank Saddledome.  It's the first of four meetings between the Flames and the Los Angeles Kings this season (6 pm, Rogers Sportsnet West, The FAN 960).

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Postgame: Mulligan?

Pat Steinberg
October 07 2010 10:55PM

ALBERTA, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 29: Ales Hemsky  of the Edmonton Oilers is congratulated after scoring in a shootout by teammates Ladislav Smid , Gilbert Brule  and Ryan Jones  against the Phoenix Coyotes. The oilers went on to win 4-3. on September 29, 2010 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

We'll just pretend Thursday's Calgary Flames opener was the eight preseason game.  The regular season starts on Sunday, lets go with that.  Fact is, the Flames were not the better team at Rexall Place in Edmonton, and the new look Oilers were full marks for a 4-0 win.

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FGD: Let's F'ing Go

Pat Steinberg
October 07 2010 01:40PM

DALLAS - NOVEMBER 04:  Center Craig Conroy #24 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on November 4, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

 

Let's get this thing going.  The Calgary Flames open the regular season TONIGHT in Edmonton for the first of six games between the provincial rivals.  The coronation has already begun up north, but cautious optimism seems to be the prevailing thought in Southern Alberta.

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