Flames Recall Ben Street from Abbotsford

Perhaps a bit lost in all the "Flames scoring a goal" hubbub tonight is the announcement that the club has recalled centre Ben Street from the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, presumably to give them an extra healthy forward for the upcoming back-to-back road games in Carolina and Nashville.

Street made the Flames out of camp and was quietly effective in a bottom-six role, being one of the team’s better face-off guys. That said, he was pushed out of the team’s immediate plans as the roster got healthier. He had one assist in eight NHL games, but emerged as one of Abbotsford’s better players once he settled in down on the farm – putting up 33 points in 31 AHL contests, contributing on the power-play and racking up five game-winning goals. Street’s an AHL All-Star, but he’s also not waiver-exempt, so if the Flames decided to send him back to the farm, he’d have to clear waivers first. I’m not 100% convinced that Street, who’s proven himself a strong AHLer and a completely acceptable NHLer, wouldn’t be snatched up by an injury-depleted team with some holes in their bottom-six.

In short? I’m not 100% sure he’s going to be sent back down.

David Jones has a lingering eye infection, so Street becomes the team’s official 23rd roster player, although Jones could be played on IR retroactive to his original injury date (which is over a week ago) if the club wanted to make another move. Kris Russell, Blair Jones and Curtis Glencross remain on the IR, although Russell has been skating and is thought to be perhaps 7-10 days away from returning. That would place dates for Russell’s potential return around January 18 (in Vancouver), January 20 (in San Jose) or January 22 (at home against Phoenix).

  • beloch

    Very interesting move. Will he play wing? Please let it be so! Colborne is the most likely center to sit right now, but I’d rather see Street replace Big Ern or the new guy.

  • cunning_linguist

    He’s been putting up numbers in Abby, and working with Troy Ward to develop his defensive play. 20 bucks says Hartley refers to him as our “two way Street” after the first good game he has. Hell, I’ll even throw in Kevin Westgarth for free.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    The Flames really can’t afford to loose any assets to a waiver pick (read for nothing). With Russle coming back soon, and the trade deadline looming, I hope the Street call up is signalling a trade. If this is the case, I desperately hope Burke will get some value back.

  • SB

    I agree with your comment that he is here to stay with the big club. Street has proved he is a top AHL player and nothing to add there. Someone will pick him up at this stage of the season and he now has a NHL market value. This could be a sign of another trade coming up as he is a UFA.

    Why would we not have him replace Westgarth ( sit him out ) rather then other potetial okay forwards ?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Street needs to NOW prove he can play in the NHL. It’s one thing to always burn it up in the minors and another to play with the big boys. He is very talented and I hope Hartley gives him the minutes to prove it!

  • I trust the 4th lines performance last night is the impetus for this move. My bet is one of the goons sit next game and Street gets inserted instead.

    EDIT – that or Colborne, who was also terrible last night.

  • cunning_linguist

    If I was calling the shots Stajan, Stempniak and Cammalleri would all get traded.

    We can ice a 23 man roster that will score just as much as we would with them in it so you may as well maximize returns on them and play guys who have earned it like Street, B. Jones, Byron, Granlund, Reinhart, Knight etc. Mid-tier players like Stajan and Stempniak can be replaced in free agency if need be. The idea is acquiring assets.

    Drafting top 2 is the goal this season.

    With injuries young guys will be given a look.

    I’d trade Butler too if someone offered anything worthwhile. But that’s unlikely..

    There might end up being moves with players coming back so who knows what the roster will look like in the end..?

  • cunning_linguist

    Good post! The timing of the trades is a critical factor. With your upper end assets with higher caps waiting for the trade deadline will be beneficial in that you may have competing teams bidding for your asset. That improves the market value instantly.

  • cunning_linguist

    Cammalleri to Toronto for Gardiner and a prospect or draft pick. Toronto needs some scoring and needs to break out of their current funk. Burke and Gardiner have a love affair so it’s a given he’ll go after him.

    First of many…..

    • cunning_linguist

      I like your proposed trade except for the draft pick! Flames are rebuilding and certainly in no position to give up draft picks! That is exactly why we are in the horrible predicament we are in today…giving up draft picks for someone else’s bagage. If so….Darryl Sutter days here we go again!!

          • cunning_linguist

            “seems unrealistic” should read “is completely ridiculous”

            Look at what we got for Iggy, or better yet JBo. Norris candidate, Olympian and potentially the top pairing on the 2014 Stanley Cup Champs.

            You’d think we’d have learned by now that when you are liquidating assets you get pennies on the dollar.

            It’s still worth selling off our UFAs of course. But expecting a high pedigree 22-24 year old D for any of our assets is pretty crazy. If Burke can get some late 1st rounders out of our UFAs it should be considered a windfall.

          • beloch

            you realize DOUGLAS MURRAY got 2!!!! second round picks right??? Cammy is having an off season sure, but trading him for an often healthy scratch which toronto has soured on and a second doesnt seem so unrealistic to me. if so, throw in Breen. Hes big and not good. Perfect for Toronto

  • MonsterPod

    Let’s look past our UFAs and dig a little deeper. The radio boys were talking about Brodie for O’Reilly at the end of Feb. What do we think of that?

    We would have to qualify O’Reilly at 6.5M and he would be our highest paid player. Is he worth it?

    • MonsterPod

      Absolutely not. 23year old 1st pair defensemen don’t grow on trees, and even though a lot of people seem to have soured on him for no apparent reason, that’s exactly what Brodie is.

  • beloch

    After the last stretch, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow for a dose of optimism and peeked at the kids’ stats for this week early. It appears to have been a good week!

    Gaudreau: 2 games, 2 goals, 3 assists. (2.5 ppg)
    Klimchuk: 3 games, 1 goal, 4 assists (1.67 ppg)
    Arnold: 2 games, 2 goals, 1 assist (1.5 ppg)
    Poirier: 2 games[1], 2 goals, 1 assist (1.5ppg)
    Kulak: 2 games, 1 goal, 2 assists (1.5 ppg)
    Gordon: 2 games, 0 goals, 3 assists (1.5 ppg)
    Agostino: 1 game, 1 goal, 0 assists (1.0 ppg)
    Roy: 3 games, 1 goal, 1 assist (0.67 ppg)
    Jankowski: 2 games, 0 goals, 1 assist (0.50 ppg)[2]
    Culkin: 3 games, 0 goals, 1 assist (0.33 ppg)

    Gillies: First game of the week he went 0.931, as per usual. The second game of the week he let in 4 and went 0.867, but that was against Gaudreau’s unholy goalie-slaying squad! If Gillies has to get lit up, I suppose it’s best if Gaudreau and Arnold are the ones doing it!

    Sven: 3 games, 0 goals, 1 assist. (What’s up with Sven?)

    [1]The Olympique’s played 3 games and Poirier missed the first. Injured? Sick? He got a goose-egg on his first game back and his points all came on his second game back.

    [2]Jank’s assist was against Gaudreau’s BC Eagles (a game in which he got 3 shots), so we’ll give it a multiplier of a bajillion and say he had a great freakin’ week.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Lets do what Detroit would do.

    Trade every player over 29, dressing the bare minimum number of vets you can possibly justify, call up players who have not proven that they are ready for the NHL, and lose lose lose until the new guys are full of confidence and a winning culture.

    Which is exactly what Detroit would do, and is totally not THE EXACT SAME DAMN THING AS THE OILERS HAVE BEEN DOING.

  • everton fc

    I nevr did respond to my proposal of trying to package something fro Del Zotto in NY. Could they use Stempniak or Stajan, and maybe on of our defencive prospects? Coming our way with him… Most that know me here know I like Dorsett. But I also know that won’t be a popular add-on, and he’s also out 4-6 weeks.

    Not sure on that “second piece”… Just throwin’ it our there. Cammy would have been my first pick to NYR. But the possible concussion… Man, do we have bad luck with injuries!

    Glad to see Street up. He’s a perfect 4th liner at this level.