Preseason Gameday Update – September 28th

Calgary Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson gets help from teammate Tim Jackman while blocking a shot from Vancouver Canucks Brendan Morrison (R) during the second period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia September 21, 2010.     REUTERS/Andy Clark   (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


The Calgary Flames will take on a rather veteran Phoenix Coyotes lineup tonight at the Saddledome for their fourth preseason affair this year (7:30 pm, TSN and The FAN 960).  The Coyotes team will resemble very closely their opening day roster, while Calgary will have a number of notable names not playing.  It’s also the home debut of Henrik Karlsson in net.

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Here are lines and pairings for the Flames:

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

Robyn Regehr-Ian White
Steve Staios-Jay Bouwmeester
T.J. Brodie-Adam Pardy

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Karlsson will get the start for the Flames, his second of the exhibition season…he started the Vancouver-based half of the split squad game last week.  Miikka Kiprusoff will not dress as Leland Irving will serve as Karlsson’s backup tonight.

On the Phoenix side, names like Doan, Wolski, Stempniak, Whitney, Upshall, Hanzal, Turris, Boedker, Morris, Jovanovski, and Yandle will all play.  Jason LaBarbera is expected to get the start in net with Ilya Bryzgalov backing him up.  I talked to captain Shane Doan in the locker room today…he’s very excited about this group of Coyotes and the prospects for the season after an impressive 2009-10 campaign.

Extremely excited to see Karlsson in net, he’s a big guy who made a couple beauty saves this morning at skate.  How he performs in the preseason is going to go a long way to determining the comfort level of Flames fans heading into the season. Also, I wanna draw your attention to Kent’s article on Craig Conroy from earlier this week…he was utlized against Tampa’s top forwards on Saturday, and I expect his line to be in tough situations again tonight.

  • George.T.

    how are they gonna get under the cap? Even though there’s four games left it seems all the vets. are playing well enough to stay. So where does that leave a guy like Brodie?

      • …obviously losing Langkow and Stajan isn’t the ideal scenerio for the Flames, but there are positives. It puts pressure on guys like Kotalik (especially true for him), Staios, and Sarich to preform at a high level or risk losing their job when Langkow/Stajan return. It also gives Backlund some NHL-level experience or even potentially take a job away from Langkow.

        • It also gives Backlund some NHL-level experience or even potentially take a job away from Langkow.

          From what I’ve seen, Backlund can’t do what Langkow does on this team…but I agree that it does give him an opportunity to impress.

          The one thing I worry about, and I’m going to write on it later this week, is the Flames thinking in the right now without looking down the road…as in, put those two on LTIR and then make moves accordingly only to be in a situation down the road when they’re looking at cap problems again.

          • PrairieStew


            Backlund can not yet do what Langkow has done on this team in the past, agreed. Both are however in the periods of their careers where performance year over year can change rapidly; Backlund at the front end where improvement can be large, and Langkow at the back end where it can go the other direction. It may be very evident that as early as this year Backlund could surpass Langkow either due to Backlund’s gain or Langkow’s loss

            I am not predicting one or the other, only that Backlund’s track so far has been decent and that all players eventually fade away, even good ones like Langkow.

            I calcuate about $4.2 over with Kotalik, Staios, Sarich all in with the injured guys – if position 22 and 23 are Pelech & Kronwall; so on Stajan’s return you don’t have to do anything technically, but you’d have to make at least 2 moves on Langkow’s return.

          • Bob Cobb

            …to say that there is no long term planning is a losing arguement. Granted, I understand what you are saying, because if I was the GM [as all of us on this board are closet or not so closeted GM wanabe’s ;)] I’d plan for the future differently than the current administration. But I look for positives and more specifically [and importantly] solutions for negatives. If there is pressure on the aforementioned players and they preform, maybe Sutter can get a more sizeable return on the trade block.

            …I cannot understate that I would handle planning for the future [in regards to prospects, the cap, “excessive veteren” make up], but with that being said I think that the win now and make moves on the go attitude is and can be an effective strategy.

  • PrairieStew


    If both Langkow and Stajan are on IR – that gives up to $8M to replace them.

    Backlund probably for sure and if they don’t want to lose anyone to waivers – it might mean keeping both Kronwall and Pelech. It just might be a Sutter thing to carry 9 defencemen and 12 fwds ! With that they would be $4.2 over, within allowable until one of the injured guys return.

  • Bob Cobb

    With the exception of Bourque, Glencross, Kiprusoff, Kotalik, Langkow and Stajan the Flames have a pretty veteran lineup too. I dont know who is more notable than Iginla, Jokinen and Tangauy, unless there is a UFA that the Flames just signed that no one knows about that they are waiting till the regular season to unveil. Plus how is that not the Flames starting Defense, the only person out is Giordanno. This looks like a precursor to be able to use this as an excuse if the Flames lose, as opposed to admitting they played poorly. Some bang up blogging once again, well done. Either way, Go Coyotes GO.