Following a weekend of back-to-back games that saw the Flames have to get creative with their roster due to various injuries and suspensions, the Flames have made another roster move: they’ve swapped noted tough guys and/or spark plugs Anthony Peluso and Ryan Lomberg, bringing Lomberg back to the NHL while sending Peluso down to Stockton.
The move reverses the Sunday decision to swap the two players.
If the logic behind the original move wasn’t apparent then, it is now: facing the Oilers, the Flames were undoubtedly wary of any shenanigans or extracurricular activities, especially considering how the Nov. 17 Battle of Alberta – the first of the season – descended into violence and retribution before a hockey game broke out.
Lomberg, however, was not available for the rematch, suspended two games for going after Matt Dumba after the Wild defenceman threw a questionable hit on Mikael Backlund. The Flames wanted someone of his ilk to play, however, and with Lomberg unavailable, the answer was obvious: bring up Peluso, who had already played three games with the Flames this season, to play 2:28 total against the Oilers, get into one fight, and score a goal that was then waived off due to goaltender interference.
All in all: nothing happened.
Lomberg still has one game remaining on his suspension, which he will presumably serve as the Flames host the Flyers Wednesday. That means Austin Czarnik will likely draw back into the lineup.