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Juice, Cujo won't be back

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

The rumour mill is heating up with expected signings of Calgary Flames pending unrestricted free agents, but looks like you can for sure say farewell to a couple of players.

Agent Don Meehan yesterday admitted Kristian Huselius is going to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 -- which is no big surprise -- and added goaltender Curtis Joseph likely won't return to Calgary.

Meehan said Joseph, who joined the Flames for the final couple of months last season as the back-up netminder, would prefer to stay as close as possible to the Toronto area.

"I think he might (play this season), but it would have to be close to home," Meehan said of the veteran netminder. "He has four young children, so I think it would have to be close to home."

When Joseph was in Calgary, his family remained out east. It would be hard for the Flames to keep Huselius in the fold due to the salary increase he'll likely receive, on top of how the slick playmaker fell out of favour with head coach Mike Keenan as the season progressed.

While no announcements have been made, there are rumblings a few Flames have re-signed or agreed to terms.

General manager Darryl Sutter said he and No.-1 centre Daymond Langkow have an agreement. Defenceman Mark Giordano has reportedly also re-signed with the team, a deal that can't be announced until July 1.

J.P. Barry, the Calgary-based agent for Owen Nolan, says the winger is healed from the neck problems he experienced all last season. He said Nolan met with Sutter this week, with plans to meet in the next day or two.

"Owen is definitely going to be playing. Hopefully for Calgary. He'd like to stay here."

Goaltender Curtis McElhinney, also due to become an unrestricted free agent, is rumoured to be close to a new deal, as is centre Craig Conroy.


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