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Mayor Nenshi yells at Bettman, Regehr retires as a Flame and it was also a game night!

12 Jan

Wow, busy night last night. Let’s begin….

Nenshi yells at Bettman

Okay, maybe ‘yells at’ is a slight exaggeration. Based on Eric Francis’s comments on the Flames broadcast last night, you would have thought Nenshi was too busy hoping Calgary could film more westerns to make time for the commissioner. That seemed to be a strange comment to make, as I don’t think it’s up for debate which industry has boosted the local economy more – Hollywood vs. Hockey.

Since it didn’t pass the sniff test I figured I’d check out exactly what was said.

“I’m in council and I suggested that unless he’s got some new information that’s different than the last time we met him, it’s probably not worth his time,” said Nenshi.

I guess that makes sense to me, both as a Calgary Flames season ticket holder and as a tax-paying citizen. Maybe Eric Francis just missed this comment? Oh wait, he dictated that comment.

Francis then goes on to write that ‘speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Bettman said Nenshi and the rest of city council need to embrace the CalgaryNEXT proposal for it to move forward.'”

Well I think we can all agree on that, that is literally one of those things that ‘goes without saying.’ Council doesn’t embrace paying for a huge chunk of the project, and the Flames refuse to embrace paying for it themselves, then I guess it doesn’t happen. Until perhaps some rich Flames owner dies. No, they know better than to leave their money to a depreciating facility – you don’t get to be rich by making bad decisions!

So as much as it pains me to say this, both Bettman and Nenshi are correct. Unless the league has more information to share with the City why bother meeting? Unless Council realized that they’ve been wrong this whole time and wants to now “embrace the CalgaryNEXT proposal.” But I doubt it, that could be a billion dollar mistake.

Conclusion?

Eric Francis continues to be a moron. None of this should have surprised anyone. If you want to read an article from an actual journalist, read Eric Duhatschek’s (aka The Smart Eric) take on the comments.

“If your attitude is this has to be all [privately financed], it’s not going to get done – because it’s not an investment that’s cost-justified,” said Bettman. “What you need is an understanding of how these projects can generate revenue that not only pay for themselves, but spur other economic activity that can make a city stronger.”

True that. If the economic activity it spurs in the city is more than then cost to the City, let’s do it. If it doesn’t, then the Flames are going to have to find some more money somewhere. If the projects will never recover the cost in revenue for the Flames or economic growth for the city, then don’t spend money you’ll never get back. No-brainer.

New headline: Francis yells at Nenshi

Robyn Regehr retires as a Flame

I don’t understand why teams do this. Maybe for a franchise player, actually no. Maybe for a Hall of Fame franchise player . But for someone who wasn’t (or isn’t)? I don’t get it. Same argument goes for retiring a number, or the lesser-accolade of being ‘Forever a Flame.’

Hey, I liked Regehr. I thought it was one of the best unnoticeable players to ever lace-up with the Flames. But why didn’t we do this for Gary Roberts? Why didn’t we do this for Al MacInnis? Is it because he had a better relationship with the Blues organization? (same goes for Joe Nieuwendyk and the Dallas Stars). Did we do this for Regehr because he didn’t get any recognition from the Kings? Only the Calgary Flames know for sure…

Anyway, the Flames are typically a classy organization and they treat their alumni well. So I’m going to give them kudos on this move even though I don’t understand it.

San Jose Shares 5, Calgary Flames 4

On top of it all, there was a game to be played.

This one got out of control rather early, but the Flames made a good game of it by the end. San Jose was up 2-0 before the first period was half over, and were up 3-1 by the half-way point of the game.

Then the Sharks got into some penalty trouble. A high-stick on Matt Stajan led to a 4-minute powerplay for the Flames on which the Sharks took another penalty, giving the Flames had a 5-on-3 for two full minutes. Calgary scored twice on that poweplay to tie the game.

However San Jose – being the great road team that they are – came out in the third and scored two more. The Flames were able to score another powerplay goal to draw within one goal (net empty and four minutes to go in the game), but the Sharks were able to kill off the remaining time.

The positives from last night is that Sam Bennett scored (finally) and Micheal Ferland looked great on the top line. I hope that sticks for some time.

A negative? Karri Ramo let in 5 goals on 18 shots. Absolutely atrocious.

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