Never celebrate. Never celebrate because we know how this game is played. That’s part of the game. There’s many things we control and as you know, there’s many other parts that we don’t control. - Bob Hartley
CALGARY, AB -- For a fleeting moment the Calgary Flames were at full power. It didn’t last.
Boasting an entirely healthy roster -- outside of Sam Bennett's shoulder -- the Flames were full speed ahead until losing Karri Ramo to an upper-body injury midway through a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. By the time the dust cleared, Calgary learned they’d be without Josh Jooris, too.
Both have been placed on IR.
“Never celebrate. Never celebrate because we know how this game is played,” coach Bob Hartley said following Thursday’s skate. “That’s part of the game. There’s many things we control and as you know, there’s many other parts that we don’t control.”
With 9:49 remaining in the second period of Wednesday’s loss, Ramo left the crease to play a loose puck and collided with defenceman Raphael Diaz in the slot. He immediately left the game and did not return.
“It happened in a split second,” Diaz said. “It’s hard to say. So many things can happen. I just tried to not run into him. I tried to go away and I think I hit him a little bit but not like I went through him.”
There is no time frame for Ramo’s return.
Hartley is optimistic with the 28-year-old’s status.
“We don’t have yet a timetable for how long he’s going to be injured,” he said. “My first estimate, it’s minor. I talked with Karri this morning. I feel, considering the impact, we’re very lucky."
Jooris played 13:08 against the Red Wings and logged six shifts in the third period.
A nagging upper-body injury that forced him to miss three games during the holidays flared up, though.
“We first thought that he could play with it,” Hartley said. “Every time there’s something, it comes back. That’s not a good sign. We’re going to get him checked today and in the next couple of days and as soon as we know we’re going to let you know.
“He’s not going to play tomorrow. We’re going to look a little bit more in details to Jooris’ injury. Right now we don’t have any news.”
With Jooris going down, the Flames recalled Markus Granlund from Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Sort of.
Assigned to the minor league club Wednesday morning, the 21-year-old didn’t even have time to check out of his hotel -- much less catch a flight back east -- before being summoned to rejoin the Flames.
“I was supposed to leave this morning but obviously we got one guy hurt and now I’m here,” Granlund said. “It’s good. Things are changing here everyday. You have to just deal with that.”
Granlund has spent the majority of the season in Calgary this season, recording five goals and 13 points in 29 games for the Flames.
His reassignment and subsequent recall serves as a reminder.
“That’s the unknown of the game,” Hartley said. “Yesterday we were telling him you might be back soon and last night after the game we were telling him to hold on. With all the snowstorms around flights were tough to get and maybe that was a good thing after all.”
Along with Granlund, the Flames have recalled Joni Ortio from Adirondack. The goaltender wasn’t able to make it in time for the skate, though.
Instead, Calgary’s coaching staff called on former first round pick Brent Krahn to step in.
“I was on the couch last night watching the hockey game and (Martin) Gelinas and (Craig) Conroy gave me a call and said ‘Get down to the rink, we might need you’,” said Krahn, who doesn’t play regularly anymore. “I thought they were pulling my leg again. So I put the pizza down and came running to the rink as fast as possible and the rest is history.”
Krahn, Calgary’s top pick, ninth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, has routinely stepped in to participate in Flames skates.
The veteran of 202 American Hockey League games always jumps at the chance.
“It’s called being a professional,” the 32-year-old said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “I used to live life by one phone call to one phone call. I was a career minor-league guy so getting that phone call to the pros is a big step for me.
“When I get out there I’m excited and when practice is over I can’t wait to get off. It’s a lot of fun. The guys are great to me. They give me a hard time out there. They don’t give me a chance and they make me work for everything that I have.
“They make me look foolish a lot of the times there but it’s a lot of fun.”
Jiri Hudler and wife Hannah welcomed their first born, Anna, into the world.
“He’s going to really enjoy changing diapers,” said Ladislav Smid, who welcomed his first, twins, on Christmas Eve. “That’s my favorite thing to do, for sure.
“I think nothing can really prepare you for that. It’s the best experience, best feeling in the world. Nothing else really matters. Not hockey. Nothing else matters. It’s just an amazing feeling.”