The Calgary Flames may officially be in injury trouble, as the team made a lot of moves related to injuries in the last 24 hours.
- Forward T.J. Galiardi was placed on injured reserve (retroactive to November 25) with back spasms.
- Forward Max Reinhart was recalled from Abbotsford (AHL) to take Galiardi’s roster spot.
- Defenseman Dennis Wideman was placed on injured reserve with a fractured hand.
- Forward Sean Monahan was placed on injured reserve with a hairline fracture in his foot.
- Forward Paul Byron was recalled from Abbotsford (AHL) to take Monahan’s roster spot.
Wideman blocked a shot off his hand during last night’s game with Chicago and was worked-on on the bench for awhile in the third period, but outside of that he played through it. It’s unclear when Monahan was hurt during the game, but like Wideman it must’ve been while blocking a shot. The Twitter feed of Roger Millions exploded a few days ago when Monahan seemed to be hurt by blocking a shot in practice, but the rookie returned to practice after walking it off and didn’t miss any games subsequently.
UPDATE: Pat Steinberg is reporting that the practice shot-block is indeed when Monahan was injured. (He’s also reporting that Wideman will have surgery on his broken hand.)
Monahan was hurt on November 21 when he blocked a shot at practice. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) November 28, 2013
After all these moves, the Flames sit at 22 healthy bodies on their roster. The breakdown’s like so:
- 13 forwards (Sven Baertschi, Mikael Backlund, Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Mike Cammalleri, Joe Colborne, Jiri Hudler, Blair Jones, David Jones, Brian McGrattan, Max Reinhart, Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak)
- 7 defensemen (Chris Breen, T.J. Brodie, Chris Butler, Shane O’Brien, Kris Russell, Ladislav Smid and Derek Smith)
- 2 goalies (Reto Berra and Karri Ramo)
With Mark Giordano already out with a broken ankle, Wideman’s injury couldn’t come at the worst time with games against Anaheim and Los Angeles on the docket this weekend. Now, with two of Calgary’s most reliable minute-munchers out for awhile, expect the new top pairing of T.J. Brodie and Kris Russell to get thrown to the wolves and the team to lean on Chris Butler and Ladislav Smid even more than they have.