Flames place Jaromir Jagr on IR, recall Ryan Lomberg

Jaromir Jagr’s health has been the worst kept secret around the Flames, but they’ve finally made a move that confirms what everyone already knew. This morning, they have placed the 45-year-old on the IR, freeing up a roster spot to recall Stockton Heat forward Ryan Lomberg.

With no official diagnosis on Jagr available as of this moment, it’s pretty much guesswork as to when he comes back. What’s interesting is that the rumoured divorce between the Flames and Jagr appears to be not happening, at least not yet. You’d feel that if they were about to terminate his contract, it would’ve happened by now.

Coming up is Lomberg, a quick riser in the Flames’ prospect ranks. An undrafted UFA success story in the same vein as Garnet Hathaway, the scrappy left winger has made his name in the AHL as an energy forward, but has some decent speed and a minor offensive punch to his game. He has 11 points in 33 games this season. His 29-point season last year earned him an NHL contract from the team.

However, you might not be seeing Lomberg in the short term. To me, calling up Lomberg is just to keep an extra forward around while keeping some of the other promising AHL talents like Morgan Klimchuk, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Spencer Foo playing. If they were replacing a RW with another RW, they could’ve gone with Shinkaruk, Foo, or Emile Poirier. They’ve already recalled Marek Hrivik and sat him, so I can’t see why Lomberg would get priority. GIven the Flames are heading into their bye week, it’s likely just to cover in case there’s a game-time decision to be made.

This is also the eighth time the Flames have tapped their farm team for players, having already recalled Mark Jankowski, Andrew Mangiapane, David Rittich, Jon Gillies, Rasmus Andersson, Hathaway, and Hrivik at various points this year.

  • oilcanboyd

    A quick call-up, fly cross-country and then a five day break without practise…makes no sense at all from a hockey standpoint. Unless it is just a paper transaction and he meats the trainers in Calgary…

  • Eggs Bennett

    Do we know how has Stockton compared with other farm teams this year in terms of graduating/supplying prospects to the big club? It would be interesting to see, as it feels like this year our prospects have just broken the dam. Super exciting times when you see youth in the lineup!!

  • Stockton's Finest

    So that is why he was scratched last night. It was Ryan Lomberg bobble head night last night in Stockton. Too bad he missed it, but NHL money, even for a one-game paycheck, is a little better than being in Stockton.
    You deserve it Ryan. See you next weekend here for the Heat.

    • WillyWonka

      the team would benefit from a guy like this in the line up. hopefully we can see him on the 4th line soon. Brouwer has been showing better lately though, so it’s gotta be Stajan and Lazar sharing popcorn time

    • Kevin R

      Really doesn’t make sense to call him up for 1 game when we have a week off. I think there is a possibility that Brouwer had injured the knee in that blind side clip from Huberdeau. He managed to finish the game but it was obviously bothering him & sometimes those kind of injuries have the tissue inflammation get worse the next day. I wouldn’t be surprised he isn’t in the lineup today & hence the reason for the call up.

  • WillyWonka

    Lomberg has been one of my favorite prospects for a while outside of the obvious few that are already in the NHL. He plays it right, keeps the other teams looking over their shoulders.

  • Puckhead

    It’s tantilizing to think of a 4th line with Lomberg and Hathaway on it – a wrecking ball in the playoffs who would be pure hell to play against. Pure joy as I sit here visualizing the chaos…

    • Kevin R

      Have Lazar at centre & that really does have a true meaning of energy line. One thing I have concluded, Tre shoulld stop with these depth signings. Experienced tweeners should not take precedent over our own kids to get some NHL time.

  • RKD

    The Jagr situation should be handled with some resolution, either keep him or exit him. First the team was coy, Gulutzan for obvious reasons could not address the exit rumours, they can’t/haven’t been able to trade him. They haven’t terminated his contract, put him on waivers, so was the plan to keep him all along? They already made a boatload of money off of jersey sales and great PR with the traveling Jagrs. Are they keeping him as extra body for the playoffs? What happens when he gets healthy?

      • The Beej

        And he could be a great Ace up our sleeves if he can get into game shape for the stretch run and the playoffs.

        Think back to the 04 run. Sometimes the hereos of the regular season are different from the playoffs.

        Mcammond, Reinprecht, Mclennan didnt play a single playoff game for us but we wouldnt have been there without their contribution to get us there.

        Can never have too much depth in the NHL.

  • DMac

    When the broadcast of the game began yesterday and the roster and line up changes were being discussed, I was as perplexed as many others that Lomberg was the call up rather than some of the other alternatives, such as Klimchuk and Foo.

    But had a chance to look at Capfriendly this morning and now figure that, at this time, its merely cap management by the Flames. Of the potential forward call ups, Lomberg carries the lowest cap hit at $710K. Even for a few days that he will garner the big league paycheque, it ultimately saves compared to bringing in a Klimchuk ($863K), a Shinkaruk ($863K), a Foo ($925k), a Poirier ($863k). Lomberg merely filled out the roster spot, although if push came to shove, I don’t think he would necessarily hurt the club if he dressed.