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Calgary elected officials are trying to figure out how build an arena that would please the owners of the National Hockey League Calgary Flames franchise. A committee that is looking into getting an arena project done is not quite ready to speak to Flames ownership yet about an arena but the city probably wants to own the building and have Flames ownership invest in the project in some manner. Flames ownership is waiting for a proposal. Flames owners have been pushing the city to fund a building for years. Flames ownership wants a new revenue generating arena but public money is involved. The team continues to use the city owned Saddledome which opened in 1983 and lacks all of the revenue producing gadgets newer buildings offer.

In September, 2017, the Flames ownership threw in the towel and decided to walk away from Calgary elected officials and said they were going back to the old arena and that was it. Of course, in sports no owner ever walks away from the table stomping his or her feet and says I am not talking to you about you spending money for my factory ever again. In April, 2017, Flames Chief Executive Officer Ken King expressed unhappiness with local elected officials’ refusing to help fund the Calgary Next project. Then Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke said that the team would be gone without a new building and even suggested a possible landing spot, Quebec City. King immediately contradicted Burke saying Burke was not the organization’s arena negotiating mouthpiece. But King and Burke were reading off the same script. “There would be no threat to move, we would just move,” King said. “And it would be over. And I’m trying my level best to make sure that day never comes, frankly.” No never means no in the stadium game.

Atlantic Division goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, deflects an attempt by Pacific Division’s Johnny Gaudreau, right, of the Calgary Flames, during the NHL hockey All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)