Roster News: Hudler Back Wednesday, Bouma Injured Again

After last night’s tough 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks the Calgary Flames had some different-looking lines at practice. Head coach Bob Hartley also disclosed some line-up news for tomorrow (which is WEDNESDAY, not Thursday, because Ryan doesn’t remember days of the week anymore.)

Karri Ramo, David Jones and Lance Bouma were absent from practice, with Ramo and Jones taking maintenance days and Bouma out (again) with a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, both Frolik and Hudler took full practice wearing regular (non-caution) jerseys.

Courtesy Derek Wills (and others), lines were thus:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Ferland
Bennett – Backlund – Hudler
Colborne – Granlund – Frolik (Jones)
Bollig – Stajan – Jooris

Since Frolik likely won’t play tomorrow, presumably he was a place-holder for Jones on the third line.

Hudler’s been out of action with a groin injury since leaving Calgary’s January 2 game against Colorado. Bouma previously missed 30 games with a broken leg suffered on October 13 against St. Louis when he awkwardly took a hit along the boards. With Bouma presumably headed straight to the injured reserve, once again the Flames can activate Hudler and/or Frolik without having to send a player to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

  • everton fc

    Would prefer these lines, but I’m only a fan, not the coach;

    Gaudreau – Monahan – Ferland
    Bennett – Backlund – Hudler
    Jooris – Granlund – Frolik (Jones)
    Colborne – Stajan – Jones

    I also wouldn’t mind these lines;

    Gaudreau – Monahan – Ferland
    Bennett – Backlund – Hudler
    Colborne – Jooris (Granlund) – Frolik (Jones)
    Raymond – Stajan – Jones

  • flames2015

    Best lines imo:

    Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland

    Bennett-Backlund-Hudler

    Colborne-Granlund-Jones

    Raymond-Stajan-Jooris

    When Frolik returns he takes Colborne’s spot and Colborne takes Raymond’s spot. Jones and Jooris can be switched too.

    Then hopefully either Hudler or Jones, or both, are traded by the time Bouma returns.

    • KiLLKiND

      Switch Backlund and Stajan, Backlund is better than Stajan. I like being able to take Stajan off the 4th line and get some better minutes. He is still a pretty good player.
      Swap out Colborne for Raymond not because. I’m overly critical of Colborne. Raymond just makes more sense playing with Jooris and Granlund.

  • flames2015

    @ Pike

    Like I wrote a couple weeks ago… injuries happen… So the “clock really isn’t ticking” on Granlund like you said it was a couple weeks ago.

    That was basically the premise of one of your articles. As most folks know most teams are never 100% healthy. Granlund is probably here for the duration of the year. He is the most developed of our prospects and he needs NHL games to develop further.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    The lines are much improved with Ferland playing first line minutes. Hopefully, he sticks there. I guess Bollig is the odd man out (mostly), sitting out and watching.

  • Flames Fan in Edmonchuck

    Hmmm. Replace Bollig with Jones on the forth line, insert Frolik on the third line when he gets back and waive Bollig, THEN waive Coulbourne and play Raymond. These are lines I could live with…. maybe drop Hudler down and promote Frolik? Close though…

  • Parallex

    I don’t mind labeling guys who frequently get hurt as being “injury prone”. Even if it’s different injuries I mean that’s a pretty apt description.

    What I wouldn’t say is that he has chronic health problems as that would imply that he has reoccurring injuries.