Training Camp Update – September 27th

DALLAS - JANUARY 27: Left wing Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on January 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

For the first time in four days, Niklas Hagman was back on the practice ice at the Saddledome as the Calgary Flames continued 2010 training camp.  While he returned, both Rene Bourque and Raitis Ivanans were not on the ice for what the team called maintenance reasons.

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Hagman skated on a line with Mikael Backlund and Jon Rheault on Monday morning, as Calgary gets ready for another preseason affair on Tuesday night at home to the Phoenix Coyotes.  Lines today at practice:

Alex Tanguay-Olli Jokinen-Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross-David Moss-Ales Kotalik
Greg Nemisz-Craig Conroy-Brett Sutter
Niklas Hagman-Mikael Backlund-Jon Rheault
Tim Jackman-Stefan Meyer-Cam Cunning

As we found out during practice, the Flames assigned goaltender Matt Keetley and defencemen John Negrin and Keith Seabrook to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.

Kent has his piece up on TJ Brodie right now, and it looks like he’s going to get as long a look as possible before the Flames make a decision on where he starts the season.  It looks like Brodie will play Tuesday at home to Phoenix, but Head Coach Brent Sutter says the plan is not to use him Wednesday in Saskatoon.  A fairly simple reasoning for that: Sutter said they know what Brodie is about, and they don’t have to play him on back to back nights to get more of a handle.  The buzz Monday at the Saddledome was all about #66 and how he might be able to crack this lineup.

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I know stories have come out today regarding the Flames "announcing" Matt Stajan and Daymond Langkow will be out indefinetely, however, it’s not new news, it’s week old news.  The Flames sent out an injury report last week with the exact same information regarding those two, so nothing has changed in terms of a timetable.

Check back with FlamesNation on Tuesday to get an update on lines and lineups for Calgary’s home preseason game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

  • No doubt Brodie will be with us almost until the end. With the number of guys signed to one-way contracts I just can’t see us burying enough D-men in Abbotsford to allow Brodie to stay up (Though look what the Rangers are attempting to do with Reddon). But that’s not a bad thing. As Kent pointed out and also as Peter Maher said over the week-end, many a player has stolen hearts in the preseason only to break hearts once the regular season begins. Brodie has been a bright spot, to be sure, but I would be interested to see how he does for the Heat over the season. That will give us a better idea what type of player he has become and if he continues to progress over the season. Even if we think he’s good enough to crack the Flames line-up, what are his chances of getting enough minutes that will allow him to get better? Fairly slim when you look at who else will be suiting up. I think it’s better for him to be in Abbotsford and possibly be brought up for a few games if need be…and then see if he’s ready for top 4 or 5 duty next year.

    Now after all that, also trying to stand out is one of our favorite punching bags, Ales Kotalik. Yes, he’s been noticable. Now the question, is that going to ensure he has a spot on this team, or is going to attract the attention of a few GM’s that may be willing to make a deal with the Dev…er, I mean Darryl?

  • marty

    please please 6lb 6oz baby jesus wearing the old black horse head third jersey send steady steve to abbotsford. let tj brodie exercise the demons of the bad oiler karma and ds having one too many milksy’s on trade deadline