Training Camp Roster Reduced by 14

Pat Steinberg
September 24 2010 01:26PM

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 4:  Mitch Wahl #14 of Team USA skates with the puck during the game against Team Czech Republic at the relegation round of the IIHF World Junior Championships at Scotiabank Place on January 04, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Team USA defeated Team Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames reduced their training camp roster by 14 players on Friday morning, sending all 14 players to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.  Of the players, Mitch Wahl is probably the most surprising to be assigned, mostly because of how he's impressed as of late.

The players assigned are:

LW Carter Bancks
D Chris Breen
LW Lance Bouma
RW Bryan Cameron
C Hugo Carpentiet
RW Kris Chucko
LW Ryley Grantham
G J.P. Lamoureux
LW Logan MacMIllan
D Josh Meyers
D Giffen Nyren
C Gaelan Patterson
C Mitch Wahl
RW J.D. Watt

On second thought, the assignment of Mitch Wahl doesn't surprise me that much.  Yes, he's impressed, and yes you might think he's a guy the Flames would give a longer look with the big club.  However, Wahl is entering his first professional season, so it makes sense to get him down to Abbotsford now.  He wasn't going to make the Flames this season, so why bother disjointing his first pro season when you can start him in the AHL right from the beginning, so that one make sense.

Giffen Nyren has been assigned, but still does not have a permanent contract.  So, he'll continue on his tryout agreement.  Names that remain in camp include T.J. Brodie, Matt Pelech, Gord Baldwin, John Negrin, Jon Rheault, Brett Sutter, and Cam Cunning.  We still await the status on John Armstrong, who is nursing a face injury...yep, a face injury.  That eye was swollen shut.

The Flames get set for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, a 7 pm start at the Saddledome.

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#1 m F
September 24 2010, 01:48PM
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Name that also remains at camp: Steve Staios.

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#2 Luc
September 24 2010, 01:55PM
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lets go brodie and pelech and negrin!!

boooooo staois haha

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#4 Luc
September 24 2010, 03:32PM
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well its not like anyone is going to pick up staois if he is sent to the heat for old man training. I just hope the orginization picks the players you will help the team win and judging by the stats and pretty much everyones opinion, staois isnt doing that.

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#5 Kent Wilson
September 24 2010, 04:27PM
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Luc wrote:

well its not like anyone is going to pick up staois if he is sent to the heat for old man training. I just hope the orginization picks the players you will help the team win and judging by the stats and pretty much everyones opinion, staois isnt doing that.

Staios is probably still an NHL defender, albeit a pretty limited. Problem is, he's a bad bet to provide value for his cap hit and he's not going to be getting any better (quite the opposite).

I don't know if Pelech or Brodie are as good as Staios right now - probably not, since no kid jumps fully formed into the league. But they're much cheaper and will add gains pretty readily.

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#6 Kent Wilson
September 24 2010, 04:43PM
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Also, looks like Joon Rheault made the first cut. Good news for a guy looking for a contract,

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