Flames Place Jones On IR, Recall Jones


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The Flames did some roster shuffling this morning, and a lot of it was about keeping up with their Joneses.

First off, winger David Jones was placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to yesterday) with an upper body injury. The Flames are saying he’s week-to-week after taking a tumble in the corner while tangling with Habs defender Francis Bouillon in the third period of last night’s 3-2 win. Jones had two goals and two assists in the first four games.

The Flames filled Jones’ spot on the roster with another Jones. Forward Blair Jones was recalled from the AHLs Abbotsford Heat. In two games with the Heat so far this year, Jones has two assists. Blair cleared waivers on October 1 and was re-assigned to the Heat, meaning if he’s sent back to the Heat by (or before) November 1, he won’t require waivers again. That and his familiarity with the Flames systems as a late cut probably explains the recall. Plus, the Flames replace a point-per-game player with a point-per-game player and a Jones with a Jones (sort of, but not really).

The Flames also announced that Chris Breen, recuperating from shoulder surgery he had last spring, has been activated from the non-roster IR and assigned to the Abbotsford Heat for conditioning. His stint will be 14 days long and he’ll need to clear waivers to be assigned to the AHL on a regular basis, but for now he still counts as part of the 23-man NHL roster.

Breen took big strides last year after being a marginal guy for the Heat in years past. Had he stayed healthy, he probably would’ve gotten a look in Calgary late in the year after all the trades. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the OHL, Breen has 26 points in 204 AHL games, all with the Heat. Derek Smith is in his way on the current roster for the 7th defender spot, although Smith cleared waivers at the start of the season so could probably be sent down without issue if the team decides that want to keep Breen with the parent club.

  • Graham

    The big question here is how will the lines be juggled or will jackman/Jones just fill the DJ’s spot. I am concerned that we might never see Ramo. Just kidding as i get the rewards Mcbackup has played well, but we really need to see Ramo. As far bringing BJ up I’m okay with vets coming up for vets but at some point we need to see the prospects.

    • MichaelD

      At some point? it’s the first recall, and Blair Jones isn’t really a veteran. He also deserves a recall from his preseason. Although I would have liked to see Horak get called up

      • Nick24

        I know it’s first recall and I liked how Jones played in the preseason and I would likely have brought him up today as well. my point is he has been a pro for a number of years and has been in the show a few times and yes he deserves this shot but I don’t want to see the Byrons, Begins etc called up ahead of the prospects when there are injuries; instead I hope that if a vet gets hurt they might not become focused on winning but on development.

  • D Jones is just trolling Flames fans at this point. He’s had a couple season-ending injuries that have derailed him previously, so another one is not a good sign. This is the real David Jones.

    Also, LOL at Hartley playing Jackman despite B Jones being called up. He really does hate B Jones, doesn’t he?

    • loudogYYC

      I think calling up Jones and playing him instead of Jackman would be a huge FU to Jackman so it’s probably got little to do with who Hartley hates. I’d say it has more to do with having some size and weight on each line. Horak is more versatile and a better player, but he’s also under 180 lbs.

  • loudogYYC

    Last time I remember jones in a flames sweater was seeing him injured while blocking a shot on the pk (after constantly giving up the body and doing the dirty work nobody wants to do). Giving him another shot in the bottom six brings nothing but heart and desire.

    Something that has served us well to this point in time.

    Congrats Blair

  • jeremywilhelm

    Matt Pelech! He’s alive and thriving with the Sharks. He scored his first goal of career against the Canucks yesterday.

    Was the Flames former first round pick that bad?

    • jeremywilhelm

      Yes. The Sharks converted him to forward, and he just scored his first NHL goal at age 26. That’s about as bad as first round picks get.

      I’d hardly call being converted to a thug and being a well-below replacement-level player at 26 years old “thriving”

    • McRib

      Not sure where NHL CSS had him during his draft, but Red Line Report didn’t even have Matt Pelech ranked in the Top. 250.

      The year before they had Kris Chucko 186, apparently you could hear the laughter in the building when they took Matt Pelech. Only half the NHL teams even had him on their draft rankings all together. It would be like us taking Keegan Kanzig in the first, but at least he is a monster. The only reason Matt Pelech is in the NHL is because he had 238 PIMs in the AHL last year.

      For a first rounder to only be able to make it as a fighter it’s saying something. The interesting thing is Todd Button is still our director of scouting and the last three years we have been A LOT better at the draft table so clearly the blame should only be pointed directly at Darryl Sutter, although I know Weisbrod has taken over some/most of the responsibilities there as well.

      Speaking of Flames Prospects Emile Poirier is having a very solid +1 season so far in the QMJHL with 13 Pts in 8 Games (Including 7 Goals) for Gatineau.

  • RedMan

    what if the Flames actually win tonight? I gotta say this is becoming wierd… if we are above .500 at the trade deadline are we BUYERS???

    I’m all settled in for a rebuild, and assume the winning will slow down as teams prepare for us. I hope so!

    on a more positive note I am just loving the comments at Oiler nation. this is becoming priceless!