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Flames Update: Vote your Flames into the all-star game

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Each week of the season we start a new Flames Update page.

It includes Calgary Flames news, notes, quotes and anecdotes updated throughout the week with information from practices, games and morning skates.

Below is the Flames Update for the week beginning Nov. 10, 2008

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Thursday  Nov. 13, 2008
Iginla, Kiprusoff, Regehr and Phaneuf on all-star ballot

Four players from the Calgary Flames -- goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, defensemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr plus forward Jarome Iginla -- have been named to the ballot in XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports.
Voting is now open! Click here to vote for your favorite Calgary Flames.
In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the NHL will provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results online at
Jarome Iginla

Through January 2nd, NHL fans will be able to vote as often as they like to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at

Those in the U.S. and Canada also will be able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier.

During the voting period, real-time results will be available exclusively on This marks the third consecutive year the All-Star Balloting process is entirely digital.
Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. For the first time, fans will be permitted to select as few as one player -- a balloted player or write-in -- per online ballot at or via text message. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.

Tuesday Nov. 11, 2008
Vandermeer, Cammalleri sidelined


James Vandermeer

The Calgary Flames will be without defenceman Jim Vandermeer for the foreseeable future. The rugged defenceman suffered a leg injury against Chicago on Nov. 9.

Head coach Mike Keenan revealed Tuesday that Vandermeer broke a bone in his foot and will be out four to six weeks with the injury.

Vandermeer joins Matthew Lombardi, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury, on injury list. Also missing the game against Toronto was forward Mike Cammalleri who was a gametime scratch because of lingering flu symptoms. He is expected to make the trip to San Jose for Thursday's game against the Sharks.

The good news for the Flames was that Dion Phaneuf, who suffered an eye injury against Chicago, played and scored against the Leafs. Phaneuf's eye was swollen shut on Monday but the swelling had subsided by Tuesday morning.

Rookie Adam Pardy drew nto the line-up to replace Vandermeer. He had appeared in two games this season. And, with Cammalleri sitting out Tuesday, Andre Roy was re-inserted into the line-up.

Flames to honour veterans

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. 

We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then.  More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died.
The Calgary Flames will be paying tribute to those brave Canadians who gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace during the pre-game on Tuesday, November 11th and would like to encourage all ticket holders to be seated by 7:15pm.

Monday Nov. 10, 2008
Getting on the same page

The Calgary Flames didn't practice Monday. Instead they held a team meeting after back-to-back losses on the weekend to Columbus and Chicago.

Defenceman Dion Phaneuf talks about the eye injury he sustained against Chicago on Sunday.

Dion Phaneuf eye injury
Flames-Hawks Highights
While the team thrashed over plenty of issues, one common theme emerged: Getting back to playing like a team.

"We have been very inconsistent," said defenceman Adrian Aucoin. "You look at our best games and we have been dominant. In our bad games we have been dominated."

Sunday's 6-1 loss to Chicago would qualify in the latter category and, while the players admit to some frustration, they are working towards getting everyone on the same page and moving forward.

"I would say there is frustration but not to the point that we can't get through it," said defenceman Robyn Regehr. "To see frustration isn't always a negative thing. What's bad is if you let it fester. That has been dealt with."

Regehr said the team simply needs to stick to the gameplans and not become too individual.

"We're given a gameplan by the coaching staff. We're given a style of play. We haven't done that consistently and that has resulted in the roller coaster we have been on."

The Flames won six straight but have one once in their last four games -- hence the roller coaster analogy.

"I think the fact is that we can play a lot better as a team. We have done things the last few games too much as individuals," said Regehr.

Aucoin agreed. "When things go poorly players get outside of the box and try and play differently. We think it is going to help but it doesn't. Sometimes you do that and you make mistakes and give up goals. That's when you have go to stick to the plan and do the little things,"

Sticking to the plan and staying on the same page were mentioned by various players who emerged from the meeting to meet the media and answer questions.

"We have played some good hockey. We know how we can play. It's getting everyone on the same page and doing it every night," said forward Daymond Langkow.

"We have had three bad games," said goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. "We had a meeting and we have to play like we can. We need to work hard and play good defence. You have to play smart and play your system."

Sick bay

Forwards Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri were excused earlier than the rest of the Flames on Monday as they continue to battle the flu.

Forward Matthew Lombardi, meanwhile, continues to nurse an upper body injury.


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