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Conroy begins second stint in Calgary following trade

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of center Craig Conroy from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for center Jamie Lundmark and two future draft choices.

"He's a proven, veteran player with intangibles," said Sutter.

"I think there has been something missing from our team to be honest," said Sutter. "I think that this will alleviate some of the attention that Daymond Langkow now gets."

Conroy returns to Calgary where he played in four seasons between 2001 and 2004.

The 6’2”, 197lb forward was a member of the Flames Western Conference championship team during the 2003-04 season and captained the club during the 2002-03 campaign.

In 237 regular season games with the Flames he recorded 188 points with 60 goals and 128 assists. During the 03-04 playoffs he added another 17 points including 6 goals in 26 games.

He was Jarome Iginla's centre for much of his time in Calgary and there is no doubt that the pair had developed a chemistry.

"There's no doubt he worked well with Jarome," said Sutter.

A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Conroy has twice been a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy while accumulating 411 points in 706 career games with Montreal, St. Louis, Calgary and Los Angeles.

Conroy signed as a free agent with Los Angeles on July 6, 2004.

Sutter said the two clubs have been speaking about a potential trade since last summer.

"It is probably something we had talked about from the Entry Level Draft," said Sutter.

In 52 games this season he has recorded 5 goals and 11 assists for 16 points.

Sutter expects Conroy to provide much of the same enthusiasm and energy he provided when he was here in Calgary. He will also help on face-offs and can play on special teams.

"Craig Conroy is a good player. He has assets," said Sutter

Conroy is expected to dress against his former team on Tuesday as the Flames host the Kings. Conroy was in Red Deer where the Kings practised on Monday when told of the trade.

"You don't get a day off because of a trade, do you?" smiled Sutter when asked if Conroy would be in the line-up.

Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as their sixth round selection (123rd overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Conroy was traded to St. Louis in 1996. Calgary first acquired the former U.S. Olympian with a seventh round pick from St. Louis on March 13, 2001 in exchange for Cory Stillman.

A native of Potsdam, NY, Conroy has represented the United States at the 2006 Olympics and at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Sutter said he spoke with Lundmark and had told him he would try and find him a place to play regularly in the NHL.

"I thought Jamie played well for me last year," said Sutter. "For some reason that wasn't happening this year. I told him if he wasn't playing regular here I would try and find him a place where he could play regularly."

Conroy is expected to wear No. 24 on Tuesday.

CRAIG CONROY - CENTRE

BORN: Potsdam, New York (September 4, 1971)

HEIGHT: 6’2”         

WEIGHT:197 lbs.

SHOOTS:Right

HOW ACQUIRED: Trade with Los Angeles for Jamie Lundmark and two future draft choices            

Season

     Team

Lge

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

1990-91

Clarkson University

NCAA

39

8

22

30

24

 

 

 

 

 

1991-92

Clarkson University

NCAA

32

20

16

36

38

 

 

 

 

 

1992-93

Clarkson University

NCAA

35

10

23

33

26

 

 

 

 

 

1993-94

Clarkson University

NCAA

34

26

39

65

48

 

 

 

 

 

1994-95

Fredericton Canadiens

AHL

55

26

18

44

29

11

7

3

10

6

1994-95

Montreal Canadiens

NHL

6

1

0

1

0

--

-

--

--

--

1995-96

Fredericton Canadiens

AHL

67

31

38

69

65

10

5

7

12

6

1995-96

Montreal Canadiens

NHL

7

0

0

0

2

--

-

--

--

--

1996-97

St. Louis Blues

NHL

61

6

11

17

43

6

0

0

0

8

1996-97

Fredericton Canadiens

AHL

9

10

6

16

10

--

-

--

--

--

1996-97

Worcester IceCats

AHL

5

5

6

11

2

--

-

--

--

--

1997-98

St. Louis Blues

NHL

81

14

29

43

46

10

1

2

3

8

1998-99

St. Louis Blues

NHL

69

14

25

39

38

13

2

1

3

6

1999-00

St. Louis Blues

NHL

79

12

15

27

36

7

0

2

2

2

2000-01

St. Louis Blues

NHL

69

11

14

25

46

--

--

--

--

--

2000-01

Calgary Flames

NHL

14

3

4

7

14

--

--

--

--

--

2001-02

Calgary Flames

NHL

81

27

48

75

32

--

--

--

--

--

2002-03

Calgary Flames

NHL

79

22

37

59

36

--

--

--

--

--

2003-04

Calgary Flames

NHL

63

8

39

47

44

26

6

11

17

12

2005-06

Los Angeles Kings

NHL

78

22

44

66

78

--

-

--

--

--

2006-07

Los Angeles Kings

NHL

52

5

11

16

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL Totals

 

739

145

277

422

453

62

9

16

25

36

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