With Mike Smith’s injury status very much yet to be determined, the Calgary Flames made a pair of roster moves today in an effort to ensure some flexibility for the next little while.
They’ve recalled goaltender Jon Gillies on an emergency basis from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, while placing right wing Troy Brouwer (facial fractures) on the injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 8.
The moves have a few moving parts to them:
- By recalling Gillies on an emergency basis, he’s exempt from the 23-man roster limit.
- By placing Brouwer on the injured reserve, they open up a roster spot for a potential recall.
- Since Brouwer’s on IR retroactive to Feb. 8, he’s eligible to return to the active roster as soon as Feb. 15 (for the game against Nashville).
- If Smith turns out to not be terribly hurt but the Flames want to err on the side of caution by not rushing him back into the lineup, they have an open roster spot with which to “convert” Gillies’ recall into a regular one (and they’d just carry three goalies).
The Flames are expected to provide an update on Smith’s status tomorrow morning. For the time being, the Flames have 22 players on their active roster (plus a third goaltender up on emergency recall).
Their goaltending tandem for tomorrow’s game in Boston will be the season-opening AHL tandem of David Rittich and Jon Gillies.