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October 22, 2012 | 9:58am ET
Flames patiently going about new arena
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Flames President Ken King does not believe the ongoing battles in Edmonton over the Oilers' attempts to secure a new building has any "effect on us," the Calgary Sun reports.

The Oilers have been trying to secure public funding to assist with the $475 million price tag of a new arena. That situation hit an impasse last week, and it may indirectly effect the Flames' plans.

The Flames, according to the Sun, have not yet made their plans public, as they remain on the sidelines, watching to see how federal, provincial and municipal governments weigh in on such topics.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi does not appear overly enthusiastic in spending municipal money on a new arena, but he has yet to have that conversation with Flames ownership.

"For me, it is extremely difficult to justify spending very scarce public money on a professional sports arena," Nenshi told the Sun.

"Edmonton has a very, very different context, as they need a revitalization in their downtown, which we don't need as much. Before I was elected I told the Flames, 'if you want to have that conversation, I'm willing to have that conversation.' So far, they haven't brought me anything. I'm still waiting for some analysis and an idea of what it is they want. And I have to say even when they've talked to me informally, they've never asked for public money."

The Sun claims the Flames aren't rushing to ask the city for funding, and Edmonton's recent setbacks might have pushed the Flames' plans back a little.


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