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Calgary Flames need progress on new arena deal this summer

Calgary Flames need progress on new arena deal this summer
Published On: Mon, Jun 12
(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Matthew Tkachuk puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number six overall draft pick by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames off-season shopping list is radically different from any other team in the National Hockey League.

The team desperately needs a starting goalie, a backup and a top-four defenceman.

Oh, and a new rink.

The first three should be acquired by Canada Day.

The last one will take a little longer.

To be clear, Calgary will eventually replace the 34-year-old Saddledome with a state-of-the-art stadium to house NHL hockey, the worlds biggest touring acts and various other dog and pony shows.

The question is whether city hall is full of people smart and progressive enough to determine its best to help out with such crucial infrastructure now, or wait several years until the team moves and the city is on the hook for all of it.

Obviously its not that simple " negotiating a public-private deal to build something that will cost roughly $450 million never is.

However, the reality is indeed that straightforward.

Brian Burke hammered that point home last week when he grew impatient with a questioner at a Canadian Club luncheon and said the Flames wouldnt threaten to leave if a new building isnt built " theyd simply leave.
Its a fact, no doubt.

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