Dion Phaneuf comes to Calgary to face his old team


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Riding a two-game winning streak and feeling like the world is their oyster again, Captain Dion Phaneuf and the Toronto Maple Leafs come to Calgary tonight to face the Flames. This will mark the first time that he will play as a visitor in the Saddledome since Dion Phaneuf was traded from the Flames to the Maple Leafs on January 31, 2010. It will also be the first time that Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan will face their old team in blue.

Phaneuf was greeted with boos in Edmonton on Tuesday night, which is understandable since he was a member of the Calgary Flames for the better part of five seasons. As he often seems to, Phaneuf made his mark on the game, both offensively (scoring the first goal) and defensively (letting Jordan Eberle undress him to score the Oilers first goal).

To be honest, I’m not sure what kind of reception Dion can expect here in Calgary. His departure was controversial and definitely big news (my Buh-Bye Dion Phaneuf post continues to me my most read article almost a year later) but it wasn’t a sore spot for most fans. We all knew that he was a problem in the Flames dressing room and the majority of us were happy to see him go to a new team. His departure wasn’t marred by bad feelings like, say, Cleveland Cavaliers fans, but then again, Dion’s not as big of a deal as Lebron James.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some fans boo when Phaneuf touches the puck for the first time, and it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to say that a few Flames players will be looking for a perfect opportunity to nail Phaneuf through the boards for his “youthful indiscretions” last season. Whatever the case, it will be an interesting game to watch and you can be sure that there will be a lot of Leafs fans in attendance.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

  • Peter

    December 21, 2010
    Attention: Mr. Gary Bettman, can we fire the owners of the Calgary Flames..
    Hello Mr. Bettman, I was just wondering if the paying season ticket holders of the Calgary Flames can fire our owners? And I will take over as interim owner until we have a new owner in place because they do not seem too listen to the fans or the media in this city. Everyone is asking for change yet they seem to think everything is good here and they want to stay on course. Their course whatever that is supposed to mean.
    It is so sad in this City and to be fair to the owners, maybe they don’t know how bad it really is. A friend of mine from Australia (Sam), that was living in Ireland the past six years was living in Calgary in 2004 for the red mile. He could not believe how things have changed in this city. The energy of the city is all gone. I was the only one in Mel rose sports bar wearing a Calgary Flames jersey in the bar watching the Flames on t.v. Man it is so sad to see in the city and country I live in, the team of 2004 was all built by ex G.M’s but Sutter got the credit for the work of Button, Coatsey and Riser.
    Oh yeah my Australian friend Sam does not complain about anything, but it was the coldest week he showed up in here. Thank god we took off to Cuba a couple of days after the game, he definitely was not complaining about the Flames play it was just the weather he was complaining about.
    Something has to be done sooner than later, your friend Peter Montgomery a season ticket holder of the Calgary Flames. http://www.nhlfix.com
    c.c Gary Bettman

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