The Dream is Dead? Theo Fleury Released by Flames

Posted by Drew Mindell in Breaking News on September 25, 2009 — No Comments
Photo courtesy TSN & The Canadian Press

Photo courtesy TSN & The Canadian Press

According to TSN, reported to them by Theo Fleury himself, he has been released by the Calgary Flames. This, despite his stellar exhibition campaign so far.

When asked if he would retire, Theo said,

“I need a couple of days.”

More on this story to follow as developments warrant.

Almost instantaneous update

Here is the statement from Darryl Sutter on behalf of the Flames:

“I believe Theoren did a great job and should be proud, especially considering all the factors including age, time away from the game and lifestyle change,” said general manager Darryl Sutter in the statement. “This is not a hockey story; it’s a life story. Our agreement with Theoren was that he had to be one of our top six wingers and there were never any intentions of assigning him to the American Hockey League.”

and another statement/response from Fleury

“I am very thankful to Darryl and the Flames organization for following through on the commitment to provide me with this opportunity,” Fleury said in a statement. “I said in the beginning that no matter what the outcome, this would be a success story. I intend to take the next few days to review this experience and make decisions with my family regarding next steps in my life.”