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Club searches for chemistry

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Jarome Iginla has a simple plan for putting together the puzzle which is now the Calgary Flames.

"Everybody who's come in, we know they want to win, too, and know they want to be the best team we can be, so it's about winning games," Iginla said. "The quicker you win them, the more fun it is, the better the chemistry builds."

The Flames hit the ice with the four new skaters -- Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White -- acquired in the Dion Phaneuf trade for Monday night's clash with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Four bodies doesn't seem like much, but it's 20% of a game roster.

Chemistry may be an over-used word in the hockey world, but it's something the club must build after such turnover.

Stajan believes the key to chemistry is not being something you aren't.

"You have to be yourself," Stajan said. "We're all hockey players and been around the game and teammates our whole lives. It's a new group of guys, and all I can do is prepare myself, get to know the guys, and let everything take care of itself."

For Stajan, there is a push for instant chemistry with Iginla. Iginla's offensive production may be middling this season, but any passer would love the chance to click with a two-time 50-goal scorer.

"It's pretty crazy to think that," Stajan said. "I think the main thing to do is play my game. That's when I play my best. I've played with Phil Kessel in Toronto, and when I play my game, I think it complements my wingers the best.

"It'll be exciting. Hopefully, we click right off the bat."

White was paired with Robyn Regehr.

It's something of a Mutt and Jeff production when you see the size difference -- with Regehr 6-foot-3, 225 lb., and White 5-foot-10, 191 lb. -- but it means White slips right into Phaneuf's old spot.

"I don't know a whole lot about his game, but I'm pretty sure it's somewhat opposite to mine, so we should complement each other pretty well," said White, who curiously was also wearing Phaneuf's old No. 3. "I'm sure we'll do well. We know how to work with other partners, so it's not going to take 10 or 15 games to get to know each other. It's great."

Time will tell whether the additions all slip into the mix seamlessly.

The Flyers game is the first of seven prior to the Olympic break -- which includes a three-game road trip with a couple of days between games in Tampa and Ottawa.

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Opened scoring with a shot from the slot and ended it on the PP in the third.

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