Flames Camp News and Notes, January 17 2013

Ryan Pike
January 17 2013 01:53PM

The fifth day of Flames camp has come and gone, and the highlight of the day was a scrimmage, as well as players being put on waivers.

NEWS AND NOTES

Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff was absent from the nets on Thursday, as the Flames coaching staff opted to give their #1 goalie a rest.

A report from Czech website iSport.cz (via Roger Millions' Twitter) indicates that Jiri Hudler's going to try to make it back for Sunday's season-opening game. Yes, he's burying his father and then flying half-way around the world to suit up. If it happens, Hudler is a tremendous character guy.

The Flames placed defenseman Brett Carson, forward Paul Byron and goaltenders Henrik Karlsson AND Leland Irving on waivers, presumably for the purposes of sending some (or all) of them to the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.

PRACTICE NOTES

Much like yesterday, Bob Hartley's staff ran an up-tempo practice that primarily focused on special teams work.

The session began with some odd-man rushes and break-outs for a warm-up, and then it was straight into power-play work. Once again, the club had the same ten men wearing black and manning the power-play: Curtis Glencross, Mike Cammalleri, Jarome Iginla, Sven Baertschi, Mikael Backlund, Lee Stempniak, Alex Tanguay, Dennis Wideman, Mark Giordano and Jay Bouwmeester.

After that, the Flames broke into lines and practices line-rushes and quick transition drills. The lines looked roughly like this once again:

  • Glencross – Tanguay – Iginla
  • Baertschi – Backlund – Cammalleri
  • Horak – Stajan – Stempniak
  • Comeau – Jones – Jackman
  • Begin/Byron – Street – Winchester

  • Giordano – Bouwmeester
  • Butler – Wideman
  • Smith – Sarich
  • Brodie – Carson
  • Breen – McCarthy

  • Irving
  • Karlsson

There was one pretty cool drill. Basically, they started with a one-on-one break-in on a forecheck. Then, the offensive side gained a man, as if he was coming in off a line change. Then the defense gained a man, and they went like this until it was essentially 5-on-2 for the offensive side. It seemed to be meant to replicate a quick line-change and condition players to be looking for the pass when coming in on a rush from off the bench.

SCRIMMAGE NOTES

Once again, the scrimmage focused on special teams, with the referees sending men off at random increments to give each side chances at practicing 5-on-4s and 5-on-3s.

The line-ups broke down like this.

Team Black:

Glencross / Cammalleri / Iginla / Wideman / Tanguay

Comeau / Jones / Jackman / Smith / Breen

Winchester / Byron / Begin / Carson / McCarthy

Irving

Team Red:

Baertschi / Backlund / Stempniak / Giordano / Bouwmeester

Horak / Stajan / Street / Brodie / Butler / Sarich

Moir / Yaworski (locals joining to even out the sides)

Karlsson

Team Black won 4-0, off goals by Blair Jones, Jarome Iginla, Mike Cammalleri and Tim Jackman. Leland Irving stood on his head, making a series of saves through screens and off scrambles in front of his net. He was every bit as good today as he was shaky in the days prior.

Outside of Irving, players that stood out included Jones (with nice defending on a 5-on-3), Mikael Backlund and Dennis Wideman. Steve Begin and Brad Winchester seemed to lack a bit of jump in their step, and were noticably slower on the ice than their teammates.

In a very nice touch, the Flames entire camp roster (sans the injured and absent) went out to centre ice at the end of the scrimmage and saluted the fans. Sven Baertschi and other players signed autographs for about 10 minutes following the conclusion of the scrimmage.

LOOKING AHEAD

At the time of this writing, cuts were expected to be made sometime later today. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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Now in his fourth season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers and the Wrestling Observer.
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#51 Brent G.
January 17 2013, 09:10PM
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Completely off topic I'm just working on my hockey pool and am torn:

Should I choose Ovechkin, N. Backstrom or M. Richards?

It's just straight up points. History would say Ovechkin but he seems like a shadow of who he once was and Washington is looking to play a more defensive system. Backstrom is injured a lot so high risk. Richards should put up points although a Sutter defence team. Kopitar is injured for a long time it sounds so the points have to come from somewhere. Skinner is an option as well.

Just curious to hear everyone's thoughts...

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#52 Brent G.
January 17 2013, 09:11PM
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Colin wrote:

Does it bother anyone else that the entire time it seems that Brodie has been getting minutes behind Sarich or at least looks to be behind Sarich on the depth chart?

I would hope Brodie is going to be playing with Sarich once the season begins. That sounds like a good enough third pairing

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#53 Subversive
January 17 2013, 09:21PM
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@Brent G.

I totally agree Brent. I don't think the rebuild has to take long at all if done smartly.

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#54 Kent Wilson
January 17 2013, 09:27PM
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@Brent G.

I'd go Ovechkin.

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#55 Colin
January 17 2013, 09:28PM
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Brent G. wrote:

I would hope Brodie is going to be playing with Sarich once the season begins. That sounds like a good enough third pairing

I'd rather Smith, before his injury last year he was playing great, and I think a young line of mobile guys like Brodie and Smith is better for the Flames instead of old and slow sarich.

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#56 SmellOfVictory
January 17 2013, 09:37PM
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@Brent G.

Mike Richards shouldn't even be in the discussion with the two caps if it's points only. Ovechkin is probably the safest bet of the three, although it's still possible that Backstrom gets more points than he does this season.

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#57 ChinookArch
January 17 2013, 09:48PM
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@Brent G.

Backstrom all the way.

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#58 Jonathan Happy
January 17 2013, 11:49PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Mike Richards shouldn't even be in the discussion with the two caps if it's points only. Ovechkin is probably the safest bet of the three, although it's still possible that Backstrom gets more points than he does this season.

Yeah, Richards isn't in the same league as Ovechkin when it comes to scoring, even with AO's recent struggles.

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#59 MC Hockey
January 18 2013, 01:05PM
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Awaiting Friday Jan 18 report and great job Ryan...saw you Thursday at Dome but you were rushing by!!!

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