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Flames' trip plan appears Finnished

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

It looks like the Calgary Flames won't be heading to Europe after all.

Although widely believed they'd be travelling to Helsinki, Finland, to start next season against the San Jose Sharks, it appears they will be left off the overseas schedule with the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues battling in Finland and Sweden, respectively.

The Panthers and Hawks were supposed to go to Prague, Czech Republic, but according to a report, the games there were dropped because of issues with the promoter.

Their game moves to Finland, bumping the Flames.

The Miami Herald's George Richards got word from Panthers president Michael Yormark Thursday they have officially accepted the league's invitation for 2009-10.

A news conference to announce the games officially is expected later this month.

Flames president Ken King politely declined comment when reached in Phoenix yesterday, where he will watch his Flames take on the Coyotes tonight.


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