A couple young Calgary Flames players have seemingly received a bit of good news. Appearing on Sportsnet 590’s Prime Time Sports on Wednesday, Flames general manager Brad Treliving stated that forwards Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway will be sticking with the team.
After describing the contributions of some of the call-up players, Treliving had a fairly simple assessment: “Jankowski, Hathaway, I think they’re here to stay now.”
Jankowski’s status isn’t much of a surprise. While he’s waiver exempt, he’s been superb since being recalled and installed as the Flames’ third line center back in late October. Through 37 games this season he has eight goals and seven assists, and many of his goals has been quite impressive – particularly his first career goal, which went in off his pants. He was told to find a place last month and moved in with former Stockton Heat teammate Brett Kulak.
Hathaway’s in his first season of waiver eligibility. He cleared waivers at the beginning of the season and was sent down to open a roster spot for Jaromir Jagr, but was brought back up after Kris Versteeg was injured. While he was down in Stockton he showed previously unseen offensive prowess on a line with Jankowski.
Since being called up, Hathaway has played almost entirely with his Heat linemate and been very impressive. His waiver exemption expired during the Christmas roster freeze and at that point it seemed pretty clear that he’d be sticking around as there’s no way he’d pass through waivers unclaimed. The last word from the team was that he’s been staying in a hotel, but that’s probably going to change soon.