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SAY WHAT: STARTING ON TIME

A rundown of some of the key storylines entering tonight's tilt with the Wild

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON SCORING NEW CONTRACT:

"It's something I've been striving for, for a long time, to sign that next deal. But, honestly, the work starts now. I've got to prove that I'm worth that kind of money and that kind of (term). It's exciting, it's fun, but the work starts now."

 

Video: "I thought it was a really good deal"

 

ANDERSSON ON NEGOTIATIONS:

"We got the offer right before the game against Chicago. I personally didn't see it, but I saw it when I got on the bus after I said bye to my dad. Obviously, I called him right back up, we talked about it a little bit, I slept on it, and my agent called me in the morning. We went through it, I thought it was a really good deal - and a fair deal - for both of us. It was a pretty easy decision at the end."

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON ANDERSSON'S NEW DEAL:

"He's going to be tough to handle for a little bit. No, I'm happy for him. It was great to see. We've been together for six years now. He's like a brother to me."

 

Video: "I'm happy for him"

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"I feel great right now. The confidence is there, I'm attacking pucks when I need to, I'm holding my ground when I need to. The biggest thing for me is controlling rebounds - I think I've done a pretty good job with that, not giving (Chicago) too many second chances the other night."

 

TALBOT ON CONFIDENCE BOOST:

"Goaltending a lot about confidence. It's 90% mental and 10% athleticism. You never really lose your ability to play the game - it's all in your head. I'm in a good mind-frame right now and the guys are playing great in front of me, so I'm trying to make the saves I'm supposed to make and give our team a chance to win."

 

Video: "Goaltending is a lot about confidence"

 

GEOFF WARD ON FACING THE WILD - AGAIN:

"We know we're coming back to face a real solid team. They're heavy, with respect to their forecheck, they're real good in the offensive zone. Their record in the last 25 games has been excellent. They're a team that's on top of their game. They're a team that's going to be heavy in here on us and we've got to be prepared for that."

 

WARD ON EXTENDING THE WIN STREAK:

"Anytime you come off an emotional trip or an emotional win, a win against a rival, there's a chance that you could have a let-down in the next game. But we've got to make sure that we're guarded against that, and for us, tonight, it's about making sure we're ready to play against Minnesota and starting on time."

 

Video: "They're a team on top of their game"

 

WARD ON ANDERSSON'S DEVELOPMENT:

"He's done a real good job away from the puck. When you get young defencemen that come into this league, you want them to be good in their own end first. You want them to be good making the first pass. Then, you want them to explore a little of what they can do offensively, and that's an area of his game where he can get an awful lot better on the offensive side of the puck. It's nice to see the way that he's trending, but we still feel that he can do more (in that area). But the nice thing is that he's competitive, No. 1. Every night. You know what you're getting out of him, competition-wise. ... He's been solid in our own end in the time that I've been here. For us, we feel it's a really good signing with a young player."

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