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Winger States his case

ERIC FRANCIS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Don't be surprised if winger David Moss parlays his first-line status with the Flames into an Olympic invitation.

While the 25-year-old was not invited to Team USA's recent orientation camp, the Michigan native did receive an e-mail from team officials this summer advising him he's on their radar.

Starting the season on the Flames top line alongside Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen may just be the break Moss needs to bump his 20-goal season of a year ago into 30 or more this year.

Included in the e-mail was information on the IOC's banned substances and drug testing, so he's fully prepared to jump into the exclusive tourney if asked at the last minute.

With two goals Saturday, including a nifty redirect and the late game-winner, it appears the 6-foot-3, 200-lb. winger is poised and positioned to give himself the best chance possible at playing in Vancouver this February.

Now more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering why everyone's losing their head over this Ted Williams stuff.

AROUND THE HORN

Not sure how, but Todd Bertuzzi already has Mike Babcock fooled into believing he's still a power forward. Said Babs the other day, "We don't need him to make any cute little plays -- we need him being big, strong, physical, going to the net, hanging on the puck. In talking to him, what he said was he wants to be that." Insert laughter here ... Coming to a Flames pay-per-view near you: Game night host Tara McCool -- a refreshing change from the cliched types who generally host hockey broadcasts ... A marketing dream come true: The Brandon Wheat Kings have a 17-year-old rookie forward named Wheaton King ... Separated at birth: Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and golfer Jim Furyk ... With apologies to Jarome Iginla, the two most popular Flames of all time are Lanny McDonald and Theo Fleury, which is why the club did well to ensure the relationship with Fleury didn't sour the way it did with McDonald ... Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi on Letterman's Top 10 List of things never before said by a hockey player: "Between you and I, I have no idea what the hell icing is." ... Forward Ryan Callahan on the same list: "My real dream is to work at an insurance company." ... Quick: Name the coach of the Minnesota Wild. Didn't think so ... Sad news out of Toronto: Unrestricted free agent Curtis Joseph is still working out with hopes of joining a team this year at age 42. Pathetic ... Hands up all those who think Pat Quinn is about to prove the same thing Mike Keenan did: There comes a time when the game simply passes you by. Thought so ... Can there be any doubt the obvious man to marshal the Grey Cup should be lieutenant governor of Alberta Normie Kwong, who played on the Stamps in 1948 -- the year the Grey Cup celebration began with rowdy Calgarians partying on the train to Toronto.

PARTING GIFTS

The Canadiens' 100th anniversary season is being commemorated with a series of postage stamps, which is fitting given most of their forwards can now actually fit on them ... Those who believe the Flames are on the verge of a special season point to the fact that before the puck even dropped, two of the most memorable nights in recent lore were staged at the Dome: Team Canada's sold-out red/white scrimmage and Theo Fleury's magical pre-season debut ... Hempstead (N.Y.) Town Supervisor Kate Murray to Newsday, on Islanders owner Charles Wang setting a deadline for a zoning decision on his dream rink development: "We don't give Mr. Wang deadlines on bringing the Stanley Cup back to Long Island, and we don't respond to developers' timetables for zoning decisions." ... Bret Hart, when asked at yesterday's 15th anniversary celebration for the Hitmen who decided to make him the team's namesake. "You can hang that on (former part-owner) Theo Fleury -- it was his idea."

ERIC.FRANCIS@SUNMEDIA.CA


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