Look at all those forwards!

Space was at a premium at Flames practice this morning, as the Calgary Flames had their first practice with their three Olympians back in the city. After a two-week break, the Flames are healthy, which means a ton of bodies on the ice and only 20 slots open against Minnesota on Wednesday.

For the record, the top two lines stayed together from what they were before the break. Matt Stajan was centering Niklas Hagman and Jarome Iginla while Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins flanked Daymond Langkow. The Flames called up Mikael Backlund from the American Hockey League Tuesday, he was between Rene Bourque and David Moss on the third line.

However, that’s just over half of the forwards on the ice Tuesday. Eric Nystrom, Curtis Glencross and Jamal Mayers all skated together while Craig Conroy took reps with Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd on his wings. Brian McGrattan was the extra forward… or in this case, the extra extra forward.

With seven healthy defencemen (Aaron Johnson being the 7th currently), that’s 25 players currently skating with the Calgary Flames. So, is it a guarantee they’ll do anything big? Well, no, not really. Following the deadline, a team can carry as many players as they please IF they’re under the salary cap. If they can work around the cap, which is possible even with 25 players, this could be the team they have. Or, they could move pieces to acquire draft picks. And if there’s a homerun out there, I’m sure they’ll go for it. But as of right now, I just don’t think anything is guaranteed.

  • Good lord, it looks like from your lines that Boyd, Dawes, and Conroy will be scratches and that Mayers?!??!? and Nystrom will draw in.

    What is Brent smoking Steinberg? Mayers is one of the worst forwards in the league in terms of both counting and underlying stats. Does this team want to make the playoffs?

    • Well, I think first off, it's pertinent to say that those were practice lines the day BEFORE a gameday. Lets see what they look like on gameday. Brent could have very well been trying different things before he made a decision on combo's for the game against Minny.

      If those lines stay the same…yeah, it's certainly odd. I will say that Mayers has been pretty good since donning a Flames jersey. He also makes it so you don't need to put a McGrattan in the lineup, as he'll gladly drop the gloves.

      I think Dawes should be in…but I'm not convinced Boyd brings a whole lot more to the table than anyone who would play ahead of him.

    • I think it's also important to note that all these guys may not be in the lineup prior to the game against the Wild. There may be moves made that give us guys scratching our heads a little more clarity.

      Again, to me, Dawes should be in…but I'm just not a Boyd fan right now.