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Calgary Flames head coach shrugs off Battle of Alberta

Flames captain Mark Giordano battles with Oilers forward David Perron. (AL CHAREST/QMIAgency)

Flames captain Mark Giordano battles with Oilers forward David Perron. (AL CHAREST/QMIAgency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

Right now, the Battle of Alberta is simply the Race to Rebuild.

Face it, hockey fans, until the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers re-establish themselves as factors in the NHL’s annual playoff derby, Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada clash at Rexall Place and every other meeting between the provincial rivals just won’t have the same pizzaz.

Don’t just take it from me.

“I understand the rivalry between Edmonton and Calgary, but I don’t believe in rivalries until you’re a Stanley Cup or a playoff contender,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley in advance of Saturday’s date with the Oilers (8 p.m., CBC, Sportsnet 960 The Fan).

“Right now, I’m trying to build something. If we make enemies along the way, that might be part of our journey.”


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