The Alberta economy is wobbling, the price of oil is tanking and so too are the Edmonton Oilers, who have one bit of good fortune to rally around: their new $480-million downtown arena is being built and should be ready by 2016.
That is also encouraging for the Calgary Flames, who are in the throes of an unexpectedly good NHL season and have been quietly preparing their own bid for a new arena. To this point, those plans have been treated like state secrets; no one in the organization has made any detailed public comment. But there is no doubt the Flames are moving ahead on their arena project, pleased by the fact their on-ice performance has been a lot better than expected.
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