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Hung up on the details

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The banner that would have been raised next week to signify the Calgary Flames playoff success isn't gathering dust.

It's not even made.

Because of the delayed start to the NHL season due to the lockout, the Flames are taking extra time creating the banner to signify last spring's Western Conference championship.

"It's a pretty big ceremony for us to do, so we want to do it properly," said director of communications Peter Hanlon. "Since we have that time, we'll take it."

Currently, the club is looking at a pair of designs.

One is exactly like those already in the rafters but also in consideration is a new look. If that direction is chosen, the team will replace the existing ones used to signify the various success in the 1980s, including the 1989 Stanley Cup championship.

That could set a precedent in the NHL. The Flames' rivals to the north have their fair share of banners from the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier era and they remain in vintage form.

Allan Watt, Edmonton Oilers vice-president of marketing, said the club has not touched their many banners in his eight years of employment. That doesn't mean they won't in the future, he said.

"They hang in the building 365 days a year," Watt explained. "They get dusty, dirty, grimy and they lose their lustre. They might need to be replaced."

Hanlon said the potential change in Calgary shouldn't raise any alarm from fans.

"If we change anything to the banners, it would be such a subtle change," he explained. "I don't think it would be that noticeable.

"It's the same colour, same size, same logo, same wording. The only difference is the font.

"We want to do it properly and with the utmost respect to the organization's history.

"That's why we want to make sure we're doing it to show the importance of it all."

The reason a change is being considered is to make the banners more noticeable with regards to their location and the lighting.

They are currently looking at formats used throughout the NHL as a comparison.

Hanlon said they wouldn't deviate from the existing 4-ft. by 8-ft. size and format.

When the puck does drop on a new campaign, we'll all see what course of action is taken.

"It's not that it wouldn't have been ready if the season started (on time)," Hanlon said. "It'll be ready."


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