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Marathon tete-a-tete gets down to meet of the matter

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

At 11:30 a.m., the watch was on.

The Calgary Flames were supposed to begin practice at that time yesterday at the Saddledome, but the players were nowhere to be found.

Until 12:12 p.m., when Craig Conroy took the ice, the minds of the media theorized what was happening behind closed doors.

"We had a really good meeting, just went over all three zones on the ice," said defenceman Robyn Regehr.

"I think it was really good. It went probably a little longer than all of us anticipated, but it's probably better to leave no questions there and make sure everybody knows what's going on."

Head coach Mike Keenan -- whose charges will look to end their four-game losing streak tonight against the St. Louis Blues -- said the lengthy gathering was simply a chance to ensure everybody was on the same page.

"There was no message. We were going over our details in terms of system play," he said.

"It was completely related to a teaching session, a classroom session, and details on systems in all zones and some special areas.

"It was really just a classroom session."

One benefit was the players were chiming in to ensure they knew what was expected.

"We've always encouraged them to ask questions, to speak up and to get a comfort level amongst themselves so they can ask the questions," he said.

The Flames (10-13-4) certainly must find their form soon.

With 55 games left to play this season, they have plenty of time to pull back into the playoff race, but it won't happen if they continue to flounder.


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