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Jets confident they'll overcome adversity

Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 8:27 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel is maintaining a stiff upper lip, even as the setbacks pile up for his club.

"We'll get through it," Noel said after Saturday afternoon's 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the MTS Centre, the Jets' third consecutive loss. "I think we are all disappointed in the result. I'm certainly not going to beat up on my team. I'm happy with the way the guys played and responded."

Kostopoulos ready for Cammalleri's return

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 10:19 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- From the moment he heard former teammate Michael Cammalleri would be coming back to Calgary, Flames forward Tom Kostopoulos went to work on a housewarming present.

Little did Cammalleri know a footstool, complete with his No. 93, would be waiting for him upon his arrival, a subtle shot at the 5-foot-9 forward's height – or lack thereof. It's just one of many ways Kostopoulos plans on welcoming the Flames' newest acquisition back into the fold.  

"There's too many things to give it to him about,” Kostopoulos said before Cammalleri's arrival in Calgary on Friday night. "His height, the size of his head. It goes on and on. He's a good guy. Everyone's looking forward to seeing him.”

Weary Cammalleri glad to be back in Calgary

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 10:13 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Emotionally and physically drained, the newest Flame flickered to life upon arriving to the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Returning to the rink for the first time as a member of the Flames since 2009, Mike Cammalleri was all smiles as he walked into his new, old dressing room grinning from ear to ear while holding up a Calgary jersey.

He took a moment to acclimatize himself to the familiar surroundings before gleefully discussing his return to the organization.

"It's exciting to be back," Cammalleri said. "It's been a whirlwind, but it's nice to get here, get into the locker room and get ready to play hockey again. (It's been) pretty wild. I haven't had much sleep at all and it's been a lot of travel and phone calls and messages and things of that nature."

Needless to say, the last day or two have been a blur for Cammalleri.

Brent Sutter plays down coaching match vs. brother

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 9:01 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings is just another two points the Flames need to capture against an opponent ahead of them in the standings, according to Calgary coach Brent Sutter.

Not that everyone agrees.

The game marks the return of former Flames coach and GM Darryl Sutter to Calgary after being hired by the Kings last month -- and will be the first time he and brother Brent will go head-to-head as coaches in the NHL.

But you wouldn't know the game was anything special by talking to Brent.

Hartnell and Timonen return to their roots in Nashville

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 8:22 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- After he came off the ice following practice on Friday, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz spent a good few minutes chatting – most of them laughing -- with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, an original Predator who was selected to the 2012 Tim Horton's NHL All-Star Game the day before.

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell later walked across the short hallway separating the teams' two locker rooms at Bridgestone Arena, looking for Predators defenseman Shea Weber. When he learned that Weber had already left the building, he seemed slightly disappointed before quickly breaking into an affectionate embrace with one of the Predators' equipment managers.

"It actually feels like coming home," Timonen said of visiting Nashville." I have so many good memories from this rink and this team and coaching staff and everything."

Sutter's return to Calgary involves going vs. brother

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 6:54 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There is at least one theme that comes to mind when listening to Darryl Sutter over a period of time.

Sutter is always looking forward. It's always about the next game, the next shift, the next faceoff. At least publicly, he is not much for reminiscing. But Sutter can reveal flashes to the past, and when he looks back on his tenure in Calgary, one memory stands out.

"The fans -- always the fans," Sutter said. "When we first went there, it was an 11-or-12,000 fan deal and … then playing in front of 19,000 or whatever they announce every night. Canadian fans -- they're knowledgeable fans and they get behind their team."

Need to get bigger led Canadiens to trade for Bourque

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 5:28 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Que. -- Game day is becoming quite the adventure for the Montreal Canadiens.

After assistant coach Perry Pearn was fired 90 minutes before a game and head coach Jacques Martin suffered the same fate just before the start of a morning skate, Canadiens players were still a bit stunned Friday that Michael Cammalleri was traded to the Calgary Flames after the second intermission of a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins a night earlier.

"That's definitely a first to see a guy pulled off during the game," Canadiens forward Travis Moen said.

Pegula: Sabres plagued by 'injury problem'

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 1:06 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

When Terry Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres last February, he promised to bring a Stanley Cup to the team he long rooted for.

At this point, it looks like that championship decree won't be coming in the 2011-12 season.

The Sabres enter Friday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with two wins in their last 10 games and 11th in Eastern Conference, five points behind eighth-place Washington.

However, Pegula has not given up hope, and believes injuries are the main reason for his team's poor record.

Wings' loss was Hawks' gain when it came to Hossa

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 12:44 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

Marian Hossa
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 46
SOG: 149 | +/-: 23
CHICAGO -- They are questions that aren't asked very much because Marian Hossa is already in his third season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

They're also an afterthought because nearly every team in the League has lost a talented player or two to salary-cap issues -- including Hossa's Blackhawks after winning the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Still, what if the Detroit Red Wings had been able to keep Hossa after a memorable one-year run in 2009 instead of letting him walk? What if that bitter defeat to his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammates in the 2009 Cup Final was merely the beginning of Hossa's stay in Motown?

Flames surprised by Cammalleri-Bourque trade

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 1:39 AM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY – As the Calgary Flames were locked in a scoreless battle with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, suspended forward Rene Bourque was leaving the Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flames were unaware that their teammate of the last 3 1/2 seasons had been dealt to the Canadiens during the 1-0 overtime victory -- they weren't notified of the trade that sent Bourque to the Canadiens in exchange for former Flame Michael Cammalleri until after the game. Bourque was at the Saddledome but not in uniform -- he was sitting out the fourth of a five-game suspension for elbowing Washington's Nicklas Backstrom in the head eight days earlier.
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