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Theo still waiting on offer

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Despite his client being the talk of the town the last couple of weeks, agent Don Baizley hasn't been talking contract with the Calgary Flames.

Still trying to prove his worth via a tryout that has taken him through three rounds of cuts into the final week of training camp, Theoren Fleury will have to hope his play ultimately opens up those lines of communication between Baizley and Flames GM Darryl Sutter.

"I haven't been talking to the Flames," Baizley said yesterday, adding he wouldn't be comfortable speaking about his client's potential professional future until he has something concrete lined up for the 41-year-old comeback hopeful.

Things are looking better by the day for the 5-foot-6 Fleury -- who hasn't played a regular-season NHL game in six years -- in his effort to earn a contract.

It could be with the Flames in an NHL or AHL capacity.

Or, if they choose to let him walk after his tryout, another team impressed with his pre-season performance may offer what the Flames aren't willing.

Even if they offer Fleury a two-way deal in the hopes they could call one of the all-time fan favourites up to Calgary sometime during the season, the Flames could lose him to another team on waivers.

Claude Lemieux, then 43, made a similar comeback a year ago. He cleared waivers after signing a two-way deal with the San Jose Sharks last December.

Credited with nearly 500 goals and more than 1,000 points in his 15-year NHL career, Fleury might be a tempting steal for another club.

With a regulation goal, two assists and a shootout-winning tally to his credit in the pre-season so far, Fleury is doing his best to earn a regular spot on the Flames final roster.

He's also said he'd be willing to play in the American Hockey League.

"Sure, why not? I just want to play hockey," Fleury said Monday.

"I don't care where it is. It doesn't matter to me. I was in Steinbach, Manitoba last year, so Abbotsford is probably a little nicer than Steinbach."

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WHO FLEURY'S BATTLING AT CAMP

SENT DOWN

Kyle Greentree

David Van der Gulik

Kris Chucko

STILL HERE

PRE-SEASON STATS

(GP, goals, assists, points)

Jamie Lundmark 3-2-2-4

Theo Fleury 3-1-2-3

Brett Sutter 3-0-1-1

Mikael Backlund 3-0-0-0


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