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Flames recall Curtis Lazar from Stockton Heat

After playing a game with just 11 forwards, the Flames have brought Curtis Lazar back up to the NHL, reportedly on an emergency recall.

Lazar, who has 37 points in 49 AHL games this season, has yet to see any NHL action this season. He was previously called up by the Flames on Feb. 15, but sat as a healthy scratch for 11 straight games before finally being demoted on March 9. Alan Quine was brought up in his place, and has dressed for one game since being recalled.

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After spending the season relatively healthy, though, it appears some injuries are catching up to the Flames: James Neal hasn’t dressed since Feb. 14, while both Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett missed the Flames’ previous game (Monahan due to illness which has actually seen him miss the last five periods, while Bennett is day-to-day with an injury).

Lazar’s return to the fold implies the Flames’ affected forwards may be out a little longer yet, though with the playoffs clinched and just 10 games remaining in the season, the team is likely going to keep things very close to the vest, and can afford to take their time with players’ various ailments.

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However, Neal may be close to returning:

With Lazar, the Flames at least have 12 healthy forwards; as he is up on emergency basis, however, he will have to return to the AHL if the Flames are able to dress a full lineup without him.

  • Frunobulax

    I would like to see Lazar get some action. With his size, tenacity and 195 foot game (the last few feet getting the puck in the net) could be a very good option over some of our smaller players, especially when play gets tighter and rougher as the puck drop for the playoffs. Ditto for Neal getting back on the roster.

    With Stone, Quine, Fantenberg, and the two mentioned above, our team is a bit bigger and nastier if we need to be.

      • HOCKEY83

        Ya as a 22 and 23 year old playing for ottawa and calgary averaging 8:49 mins a night with ottawa and 9:51 mins a night with calgary playing only 37 and 65 games the last 2 seasons on the 4th line definately shows his lack of ability to be succesful at the NHL level. He certainly should have both terrible older players Brouwer and Stajan’s games last season…what a dog…send him back down he’s useless. I think you’d see a different player if he got to play with some talented youth like Mangi and Hath or maybe if he was given jankowski’s path in the NHL playing with Bennett Czarnik or Neal.

  • cgyokgn

    I don’t understand why he sat for 12 games when he could’ve been playing actual games for the Heat. Let’s hope he gets a chance to play with some playmakers.

    • Albertabeef

      Well nobody played themselves out of the lineup, and there were no injuries. Most teams carry an extra player in case in injury so you don’t need to wait for one to arrive from the farm. Lazar was that player and got switched for Quine. Most likely to rotate them. That’s why.

      Most players not named Johnny, Mony, or Tkachuk generally start on fourth lines with 9-10 minutes of ice time. You have to earn more ice time, and Lazar never did. Janks played 4th line his first few games, that’s where Mangiapane started, even Theo started there back in ’89. I could be wrong but I think Janks and Benny had Brouwer as an anchor a lot of last season after the Jagr experiment, and Lazar centered Stajan and Hathaway most of the season.

  • Garry T

    My two cents worth. Mangiapane is a real force out there for the amount of play he gets. I see a bit of magic in his game and if left to develop his game during the playoffs, will be considered a player hard to move out of the lineup next Fall. Beyond Quine, I would keep Lazar up and available, bring up Rychel. Bring up Foo. Foo has had a moderate year and the fact he is not in the NHL is really bothering him. Bringing up the three really adds to team size, skill, work ethic and a bit of nasty. Losing Foo next season would be a waste. He has the ability. He needs another chance and some appreciation from the big club.