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Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter (right) introduces the offseason signing of goalie Jamie McLennan...

Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter (right) introduces the offseason signing of goalie Jamie McLennan yesterday at the 'Dome. (Calgary Sun/Carlos Amat)

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

A year and a half ago, Jamie McLennan figured he was a real estate tycoon.

With the NHL lockout in full swing and expecting to eventually join the Florida Panthers, McLennan looked at the housing situation in Calgary and decided to sell his Hillhurst home.

Back with the Flames after signing as a free agent earlier this month, the goaltender is trying to leap back into the market.

"Very disappointed. When I sold it, I thought I was doing well. Buy high and sell low, that's my motto," he said with boisterous laugh.

The Flames brought in all four of their new acquisitions yesterday -- McLennan, forwards Alex Tanguay and Jeff Friesen and defenceman Andrei Zyuzin -- to introduce them to the organization and media and give them a chance to find a home. With Calgary's booming economy, it's meant some sticker shock.

That's not the only change that's happened since all four became Flames, or in McLennan's case, rejoined the Flames.

Darryl Sutter has relinquished his head coaching duties, handing them to Jim Playfair, and moved himself into the GM chair.

When Friesen joined the team after signing a one-year deal, he said Sutter was a big reason for his decision but the veteran left winger doesn't feel he's been sold a bill of goods.

"It's something that, in the back of my mind, I kinda expected," Friesen said. "It must be tough to be a coach and a general manager, it's hard enough being either one. It's something I thought could happen."

So, Sutter never told him to expect it while negotiating his contract?

"I never asked. It's probably something he would have told me to mind my own business," Friesen quipped.

Zyuzin, who -- like Friesen -- played under Sutter in San Jose, was happy to see the new bench boss was a former d-man.

Back with the Flames after signing as a free agent earlier this month, the goaltender is trying to leap back into the market.

"Very disappointed. When I sold it, I thought I was doing well. Buy high and sell low, that's my motto," he said with boisterous laugh.

The Flames brought in all four of their new acquisitions yesterday -- McLennan, forwards Alex Tanguay and Jeff Friesen and defenceman Andrei Zyuzin -- to introduce them to the organization and media and give them a chance to find a home. With Calgary's booming economy, it's meant some sticker shock.

That's not the only change that's happened since all four became Flames, or in McLennan's case, rejoined the Flames.

Darryl Sutter has relinquished his head coaching duties, handing them to Jim Playfair, and moved himself into the GM chair.

When Friesen joined the team after signing a one-year deal, he said Sutter was a big reason for his decision but the veteran left winger doesn't feel he's been sold a bill of goods.

"It's something that, in the back of my mind, I kinda expected," Friesen said. "It must be tough to be a coach and a general manager, it's hard enough being either one. It's something I thought could happen."

So, Sutter never told him to expect it while negotiating his contract?

"I never asked. It's probably something he would have told me to mind my own business," Friesen quipped.

Zyuzin, who -- like Friesen -- played under Sutter in San Jose, was happy to see the new bench boss was a former d-man.


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