It's been months since most of the Calgary Flames hit the ice at the Saddledome.
But it has been a busy off-season for club officials, who continue to move forward in their quest for a new arena.
Flames club president Ken King said yesterday the team is looking at a couple of sites, has had informal discussions with federal, provincial and municipal government and "requests for proposals will go out in the next three or four months."
"We feel it is essential, and a part of our future going forward is that this venerable building be replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility that will give a state-of-the-art city what it really deserves and what we really need," King said.
One potential site is a portion of Stampede Park, which is already home to the Saddledome. King wouldn't divulge the second site, although there has been speculation about the Firepark area -- the northwest corner where Memorial Drive and Barlow Trail meet -- or the East Village.
"We are three to five years away from a new building," King said. "In order for that to take place, we would need a lot of things to go right in a lot of areas. I think that's a reasonable time period. I think 10 years out is too far and it's not practical to suggest in the next two or three years you could have it done."