McLennan's wigging out

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET

 You might sit beside Jamie McLennan during tonight's Calgary Flames game.

 Just without knowing it.

  "If I go, I'll be dressed up like Mike Commodore -- like everybody else -- with the wig and beard. Nobody will know what I look like," joked the former Flames goaltender.

 "I may not go but, if I do, I'm just gonna blend into the Sea of Red."

 McLennan may be gone from the Flames dressing room but he'll never be forgotten. After all, there aren't many players in the game who turn teammates into lifelong friends, like he does with his upbeat personality and joking ways.

 And, in a roundabout way, he is still part of the club that's one victory away from claiming the Stanley Cup.

 McLennan, traded to the New York Rangers just before the NHL trade deadline in the deal that brought Chris Simon here, remains in contact with several of his former teammates.

 McLennan was crushed when he was traded.

 "I've dealt with that," he insisted.

 "They've been so good to me. Now it's just that I want them to succeed."

 He has been watching the playoffs from his home in St. Albert and loving the ride the Flames are on.

 "I feel like I'm in downtown Calgary," McLennan said from his home yesterday. "There are Calgary Flames flags everywhere."

 Those flags are likely in honour of Jarome Iginla, another St. Albert product who has become a shoo-in for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP if the Flames win the Cup.

 "He's just taking it to another level," McLennan said.

 "He's a monster. I'm happy for him because he's really worked for it. I was watching (Thursday) night's game with (Blackhawks blueliner) Jason Strudwick -- he's really good friends with Jarome -- and he was just shocked at how Iggy's dominated.

 "(Coyotes forward) Tyson Nash and I were talking about it the other day, too.

 "Even his friends are in awe.

 "It's nice to see him get the recognition. He's been recognized in Canada for how good he is but now it's worldwide recognition."

 On holiday in Europe during the first round, McLennan caught up to what was going on upon returning.

 He was sold immediately.

 "I started to believe (they could go this far) when I saw that game against Detroit when they clinched," he said.

 "I was there and, when I saw how they were playing ... I said then, 'These guys could win the Cup.' As it's gone on, you almost think it's destiny. It almost seems like they're willed to succeed.

 "Look at the goal (Marcus) Nilson scored in the second game against San Jose. It went in off two guys' skates. Look at the goal Marty Gelinas scored in the first game against Tampa. Andy (Ference) just floated it in and it bounced in off him. Plus, they've had all the injuries and every type of adversity and are still coming through it."

 Possibly with McLennan in attendance.

 "I'm still not sure if I'll go," said the goalie, who's wary of distracting the team.

 "The one game I was at, it was so tough to sit there and be a fan. I wanted to do the things I normally do. I want to yell like I'm on the bench. If Robyn (Regehr) is going to play a puck and can't see it, I want to yell to him, 'Feet! Feet!' "

 McLennan won't predict his buddies will finish the job tonight.

 "I know in my heart where they'll end up."


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