Calgary’s iconic Saddledome has been home to the NHL’s Flames since 1983.
Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke says it’s time for a new home. And he isn’t just asking for a new arena, he’s demanding it.
We’re not going to make the threat to leave. We’ll just leave, Burke told a group gathered Wednesday at a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary, via the Calgary Herald. We still have a building that was built in 1983, the oldest in the league by more than 10 years.
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They figured it out in Edmonton, where they know that a new building can rejuvenate the downtown. But I guess we’re just smarter than that here.
Burke’s mention of Edmonton refers to the Oilers moving into the brand new Rogers Place last year after playing for 42 years at Northlands Coliseum.
While Burke was particularly blunt in his stance, Flames president and CEO Ken King said Burke does not speak for the organization.
The 34-year-old was on a historic run through the Western Conference. His .941 save percentage was the best among netminders who made at least 16 starts since Mike Smith in 2011?12.
On Wednesday, Rinne probably would like to have two goals back. First when Jake Guentzel slipped the puck between Rinne’s pad and glove short side for the Pens’ first goal, and again 10 seconds into the third period when Rinne left a juicy rebound and Guentzel buried it to set off the three-goal spurt that ended Rinne’s night.
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You have to put it behind you, Rinne said. I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I played a long time for the first time having a chance to play for the Cup. You just have to bury these two games and move ahead.