January 12 2013 06:44PM
Location: Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre
Leland Irving got a chance to make an impression with the Flames organizationlast night with his first start in nearly a month. It didn't go well. The former first rounder let in 3 goals in 10 shots in the opening period, essentially sealing he clubs fate in the first 20 minutes. Danny Taylor replaced him in the second, but the damage was done.
Irving now has a steep mountain to climb heading into Flames training camp. After making a decent impression in his cup of coffee with the team last season, he subsequently lost his starting position to Taylor on the farm and the usurpation has held (deepened, in fact) this year. Barry Burst pushed Irving even further away from the Abbotsford crease and through the first 3+ months of play, Irving has only six games and managed a ghastly .878 SV%.
January 11 2013 06:57PM
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Centre
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.
January 11 2013 03:09PM
With the chaos of the World Juniors and the NHL lockout finally behind us, we're about to see a return to normalcy. Thus, this is the last weekend without NHL hockey until probably late June. With that, let's see what the Flames kids are up to.
January 11 2013 11:43AM
If you click around the sports books you'll find the Flames aren't being favored by the odds makers to win anything this year. The only team in the West consistently given worse odds to win the Stanley Cup is the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So the people who make money off this stuff are giving Calgary a big, wet raspberry. That's what three consecutive years outside of the playoffs and a doddering, expensive core will do I suppose.
January 11 2013 08:46AM
Sven Baertschi was having the kind of first pro season that any team's fans can get excited about. Picking up 17 points in 19 games was a very solid debut to the season; then he went flying into the boards.
Baertschi sat out the entire month of December recovering. He finally returned last weekend for the two-game set against the Rochester Americans. He picked up an assist and two shots on Friday night, as the Heat went down 5-2 despite firing 50 shots at the Americans' net. Saturday night he looked back to his old self, using his speed to challenge the Amerks' defencemen. He didn't pick up any points but he took four shots.
Late in the third, Sven pulled away from the Rocherster defence only to be hauled down. He didn't score on the subsequent penalty shot, but he showed confidence. Despite being just 20 years old and 20 games into his pro career, Baertschi looks ready to make the parent club.
After Saturday's game we caught up with Sven and talked about his comeback from injury, World Juniors, Swiss hockey and his hockey memories.