It’s an off-day today. The Flames are traveling to Vancouver for Game 82 tomorrow. The Heat are resting after a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons (the Baby Oilers) last night.
There’s a big double-header on Sunday: Heat/Barons at 2pm MT on Sportsnet 360, then Flames/Canucks on Sportsnet West at 7pm MT.
For giggles, let’s take a quick gander at the roster of the playoff-bound Abbotsford Heat.
A LOOK AT THE HEAT
The Heat could be really stacked for the playoffs, depending where the guys they’re getting back from Calgary and that they’re getting from junior fit in.
Lines from Friday’s game (via Drury18 on CalgaryPuck):
Max Reinhart – Ben Street – Blair Jones
Sven Baertschi – Corban Knight – Tim Miller
Morgan Klimchuk – Brett Olson – Corey Locke
Carter Bancks – Garret Hathaway – Josh Jooris
Brett Kulak – Dean Arsene
Shane O’Brien – Derek Smith
Zach Davies – Kane LaFrancise
Injured: Trevor Gillies, Michael Ferland, Patrick Sieloff
Scratches: Olivier Roy, Brady Lamb, Collin Valcourt, Alan MacPherson, Jordan Kremyr, Jessey Astles, Coda Gordon, Zach Tolkinien
Coming In or Back: Ben Hanowski (already assigned), Chris Breen, Chad Billins, Markus Granlund (when medically cleared), Emile Poirier, Eric Roy (maybe), Keegan Kanzig (maybe), Ryan Culkin (maybe/eventually)
Okay. I figure that Hanowski replaces Miller. If they slot Poirier in, and I’d imagine the Flames would suggest this, Hathaway comes out and they juggle lines a bit – no way Poirier plays on the fourth line. I’d also venture that the Billins/Breen tandem replaces Davies/LaFranchise and Roy replaces Carr as the back-up. When Granlund comes back, I have no clue who sits; Olson’s been quite good all year, Locke’s been good and Bancks is a heart-and-soul intangibles player. But Granlund is offensive gold, so you dress him if he’s available.
Anyhow, check out the Heat tomorrow. And then imagine them with a handful of NHL guys in two weeks when they open the playoffs against Chicago.
SIGNED FOR 2014-15
A few chances since the last time we did this. Calgary has 33 players on deals for next season, but three deals could slide per the terms of the CBA.
- Karri Ramo [$2.75m]
- RFA: Joni Ortio (will return), Olivier Roy (unlikely)
- UFA: Joey MacDonald (gone)
- Prospects: Jon Gillies (NCAA)
- Dennis Wideman [$5.25m] (compliance buy-out candidate?)
- Mark Giordano [$4.02m]
- Ladislav Smid [$3.5m]
- Kris Russell [$2.6m]
- T.J. Brodie [$2.125m]
- Shane O’Brien [$2m] (trade candidate, or he’ll be stuck in AHL)
- Keegan Kanzig [$925k] (not AHL eligible; contract can slide a year)
- Tyler Wotherspoon [$925k]
- Patrick Sieloff [$925k]
- John Ramage [$900k]
- Brett Kulak [$657k]
- Ryan Culkin [$657k]
- RFA: Chad Billins (unsure), Mark Cundari (unsure), James Martin (gone)
- UFA: Chris Butler (unlikely but possible), Chris Breen (unsure), Derek Smith (gone)
- Prospects: Eric Roy (WHL), John Gilmour (NCAA), Rushan Rafikov (Europe)
- Jiri Hudler [$4m]
- David Jones [$4m]
- Corban Knight [$3.75m]
- Matt Stajan [$3.125m]
- Curtis Glencross [$2.55m]
- Johnny Gaudreau [$1.85m]
- Sean Monahan [$1.775m]
- Mikael Backlund [$1.5m]
- Sven Baertschi [$1.425m]
- Bryce van Brabant [$1.35m]
- Morgan Klimchuk [$925k] (not AHL eligible; contract can slide a year)
- Emile Poirier [$925k] (AHL eligible, but contract can still slide a year)
- Josh Jooris [$925k]
- Markus Granlund [$925k]
- Bill Arnold [$900k]
- Ken Agostino [$900k]
- Max Reinhart [$878k]
- Michael Ferland [$798k]
- Brian McGrattan [$750k]
- Turner Elson [$565k]
- RFA: T.J. Galiardi (unsure), Ben Hanowski (unsure), Paul Byron (will return), Joe Colborne (will return), Lance Bouma (will return), David Eddy (gone)
- UFA: Kevin Westgarth (unsure), Mike Cammalleri (unlikely), Blair Jones (unsure), Ben Street (unsure)
- Prospects: Matt Deblouw (NCAA), Tim Harrison (NCAA), Mark Jankowski (NCAA)
Yep. The Flames only have seven unsigned prospects in their system.