AGD: Post-lockout life begins tonight

Kent Wilson
January 11 2013 06:57PM

 

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Centre

Broadcast: teamradio.ca

The Heat had a few months to enjoy the services of Sven Baertschi and TJ Brodie (and perhaps guys like Horak and Street as well). The beginning of the end of that starts tonight against the Chicago Wolves though.

None of the kids have been officially called up yet because the organization has to wait for the CBA to be ratified before making any roster moves, but Baertschi is already skating in Calgary with the parent club. Some teams, like OKC, are already sitting out their high-end prospects for fear of injury, so it's unclear what either side will look like this evening. There's no word on whether Brodie, Street and Horak will be healthy viewers or get a few more reps with Abbotsford before moving on to NHL training camp.

Chances are, Baertschi is the only absent healthy party tonoight. In response, the club recalled Adam Estoclet and Mitch Wahl from the Utah Grizzlies today. It's a move that has been a long time coming for Wahl, who has been tearing up the ECHL all year. His 37 points in 30 games leads his team and amongst the top-10 in the league to boot.

As for Chicago (Vancouver's affiliate), its possible they will be lacking Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder and Chris Tanev. Andrew Ebbett might get a look in the Canucks camp as well.

Kassian is the best bet to be sat given his perceived importance to the parent club. Tanev is also the Canucks version of TJ Brodie, so he might get a pass too.

The Lineup

Assuming Sven is the only guy on the sidelines for now, here's how things might end up:

  • Kolanos - Walter - Horak
  • Street - Byron - Sylvester
  • Bancks - Reinhart - Aliu
  • Estoclet - Wahl - Laing

  • Brodie - Piskula
  • Breen - McCarthy
  • Callahan - Lamb

  • Taylor

Tough to know where a guy like Wahl lands, but for now it's a safe guess he'll be at the bottom end of the rotation.

The Opposition

Again, we'll assume Kassian is the only healthy body in the pressbox.

  •  Ebbett - Sterling - Haydar
  • Gordon - Schroeder - Pinizzotto
  • Sweatt - Pinnizotto - Rodin
  • Longpre - Miller- Desbiens

  • Tanev - Connauton
  • Matheson - Koslin
  • Hunt - Andersson

  • Climie

The Wolves can't seem to find their way out of the Western Conference basement, currently sitting at 12th with 35 points. The Heat have sunk to 6th recently, but are only 4 points out of first.

Sum it Up

This could be the last or second last game for at least TJ Brodie, if not Horak and/or Street. The biggest loss to the team will likely be Brodie, not only because he plays the most of any player every night, but because the Abbotsford back end doesn't have many mobile puck movers in his absence (maybe Steve MCarthy?). Also - Steve McCarthy will likely get an invite to camp as well.

As such, the club should try to get as much value from the departing players as possible by getting as many points as possible before they leave.

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#1 Alt
January 11 2013, 07:50PM
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What about Irving? Is he sitting on a bench in Calgary?

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#4 Baalzamon
January 11 2013, 08:52PM
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@Kent Wilson

an honest mistake. The scorekeepers have forgotten about him too.

Irving's starting.. interesting timing.

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#6 Alt
January 11 2013, 08:56PM
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Irving fails here and it,s the end.It would be nice to see Taylor get signed and compete with Karlsson for backup.

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#9 schevvy
January 11 2013, 09:27PM
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Irving's out. Taylor in. Kipper's playing 48 games this year. Irving's gone after this year.

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#11 MC Hockey
January 11 2013, 09:43PM
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Too bad for Leland!

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#12 Dave y
January 11 2013, 10:37PM
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Hey Kent, what do you think the flames could get for Irving? Does the fact that he's a former 1st round pick with NHL experience add anything to his value.

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#13 beloch
January 12 2013, 02:15AM
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Irving is still 24, so there remains some possibility that he might figure things out within a year or two. However, his current contract is all the evidence you need to know the kid's on probation. If he doesn't at least look better than Karlsson this season he's not likely to get another contract. The Flames do have other goalies in their system that Irving's departure would make room for.

If indeed Karlsson does get the backup job, then I'd consider anything Feaster can get for Irving a win, even if it's just a bag of pucks. He has looked pretty good in at least a couple of NHL games, so there is hope of getting at least something for him. Irving might be worth a mid to late-round pick to a team searching for a backup or AHL tender with a faint glimmer of upside.

Hey, at least Feaster didn't sign him to a ridiculously long contract with a NTC!

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#14 Vowswithin
January 12 2013, 09:00AM
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I don't believe I have ever seen anyone else mention this before, has anyone else notices the crazy number of centers we have on the ABB heat? There are 6 right wings, 3 left wings and 10 Centers.. That's right 10!!! Assuming that since its been our weak link now for some time, they though load up maybe one of these guys will work out!

Anyways just a little observation I made.

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