October 20 2013 02:21PM
After a pair of tough losses, the Calgary Flames have made a handful of roster moves in preparation for their game with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Per the AHL's website, the Flames have assigned defenseman Derek Smith and forward Blair Jones to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. They have also summoned defenseman Chris Breen and forward Roman Horak from the Heat.
Smith and Jones both cleared waivers on September 30 and could be assigned to the Heat no-questions-asked anytime prior to October 30. Breen, on the other hand, was on a 14-day conditioning stint and had to be returned to Calgary prior to October 24 and was still on the roster. Thus, Smith's assignment may merely be a precursor to Breen going on waivers and being assigned to the farm, while Cammalleri may inherit Smith's roster spot. Long story short: expect some moves on the blueline in the short-term, waivers or otherwise.
Neither Jones or Smith played a single game for the Flames this year. Jones was recalled last week to replace the injured David Jones on the active roster, while Smith made the team out of camp as the seventh defender. Breen had 1 point in 4 AHL games, while Horak has 3 points in 6 AHL games.
After these moves, the Flames have 22 active NHL bodies: 2 goalies (MacDonald and Ramo), 7 defensemen (Breen, Brodie, Giordano, Russell, Wideman, Butler and O'Brien) and 13 forwards (Backlund, Glencross, Stempniak, Baertschi, Monahan, Hudler, Galiardi, Bouma, Colborne, Street, Jackman, McGrattan and Horak). Cammalleri, Matt Stajan and David Jones remain on the IR.