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Agent: Phaneuf never rejected new deal

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

The report certainly had Calgary Flames fans taking notice.

According to an eastern-based columnist, rising star defenceman Dion Phaneuf and his agent had rejected a contract proposal from the Flames.

Only one problem, said Phaneuf's agent Don Meehan.

"We have never discussed a number," he said yesterday.

Meehan admitted he was in Calgary last week to catch up with his various clients on the Flames and Vancouver Canucks and did meet with Flames GM Darryl Sutter, but he said it was simply an "introductory meeting" where they discussed Phaneuf's play in generalizations and set an agenda to meet in the near future.

"That's all we've done to date," Meehan reported.

Phaneuf's contract situation is one of major importance for the Flames. The third-year pro, with four goals and 11 points this season, is due to become a restricted free agent after the campaign.

However, given the offer sheets to RFAs last summer -- Tomas Vanek and Dustin Penner -- it's considered a given Phaneuf would be chased by other NHL teams if he's not signed by July 1.

Meehan also represents one of Calgary's key pending unrestricted free agent, Kristian Huselius, and said he and Sutter haven't had any discussions about him either, but the plan is to do that in the future, as well.

"The Flames indicated to me at a certain point we'll sit down and have discussions about him," Meehan said about Huselius's situation.


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