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Flames' aggressive stand nudges the arena stalemate into new territory

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Sure enough, something good came out of the Calgary Flames’ aggressive declaration they've stopped their pursuit of a new arena.

The cause was forwarded by way of a hastily-called vote by city council Wednesday to release details of the team owners’ last offer and the city’s most recent counter proposal to build a $550-million arena next to the Saddledome.


Fact is, had Flames President and CEO Ken King not dropped a bombshell Tuesday by calling the mayor out on the frustratingly slow negotiating process, Calgarians wouldn’t be privy to the transparency such documentation is about to provide.

In a city divided by the notion of spending taxpayer dollars to help build a public NHL rink to be run for profit by the team, seeing the contrasting offers should help clarify some myths.

Well played everyone.

We’re far better ahead than we were 24 hours earlier.

As far as criticizing the city for what the Flames see as disingenuous attempts to bridge their gap, Mayor Naheed........

© Calgary Sun