The Heritage Classic in Calgary at McMahon Stadium, home of the Stampeders, is approaching seemingly faster than an Al MacInnis howitzer from the point, a Mike Vernon kick save or a Mike Cammalleri down-on-one-knee one-timer.
With that in mind, there's definitely some keen competition among Stampeder players to see which Flame takes up residence in his locker. And, predictably, one candidate is a popular choice.
"I wouldn't mind Jarome (Iginla) having my locker," says linebacker Keon Raymond. "You know what? It's a playmaker's locker. He's one of the best playmakers they have, and I think playmaking rubs off, so I think he might score three or four goals that day."
"Well, only the team captain should have my locker," adds a laughing Burris. "When you have the guys who are expected to deliver, then you have to have them in the right locker. Who's the guy who gets heckled when the Flames lose? I'm thinking that's Iginla. So either him or Robyn (Regehr) or Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) should have my locker."
Fullback Rob Cote, for instance, doesn't have any candidates in mind, but believes his locker will be in demand.
"It's only a couple lockers away from the door to the field, so it's a very good location," says Cote. "You're close to the bathrooms, but not too close, because you never want to be too close. It's prime; you get a good view of everything that's going on, and it's the social centre of the room. I think we can make a deal (for a rental price)."
Long-snapper Randy Chevrier says his locker is appealing for vastly different reasons than Cote's.
"It's good for a real messy guy," said Chevrier. "It's a prime spot for a mess; I don't know who the messy guy is on that team, but whoever wants to make the biggest mess, I've got the best corner because you're kind of isolated."