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Flames Today: 27.09.10

by Kristi Hennessy / Calgary Flames

The Flames gathered for their off-day practice this morning at the Saddledome and the ice did not look as busy as it has in the past week or so. Who’s missing and who’s back? Niklas Hagman took part in his first team practice since Vancouver.

As for who wasn’t on the ice, the Flames announced today that they have shaved three players from the roster. Goaltender Matt Keetley, defensemen John Negrin and Keith Seabrook were all assigned to Abbotsford Heat. The Flames now have 35 players remaining at training camp: three goalies, 11 defensemen and 21 forwards.

In addition to those three players, Rene Bourque (RW), Raitis Ivanans (LW) also missed practice today for general maintenance resulting from recent training and competition.

Other injury updates:
Daymond Langkow (C) – Neck – Indefinite
Matt Stajan (C) – Shoulder separation – Indefinite

The lineup has not yet been announced as to who will be playing Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. But keep an eye out for the talk of the town T.J Brodie and Mikael Backlund to continue making strong impressions as we move through the pre-season.


The Flames also made another announcement today on top of trimming the roster to 35. Former defenseman of the Calgary Hitmen Giffen Nyren, as well as Edmonton born centre Matt Keith have both agreed to AHL contracts with the Abbotsford Heat for the 2010-11 season.

Nyren, a native of Calgary, Alberta, spent the last half of the 2009-10 season with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) adding five goals and 26 assists to his totals from Kamloops to finish off the regular season with 42 points in 70 games. He also added 18 points in 23 post season games with the Hitmen as they captured the 2010 WHL Championship.

Keith, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round (59th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2009-10 season with the Rockford Icehogs (AHL) netting 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points in 69 games and has over 400 American League games to his credit.


D-man T.J Brodie has been under the scope throughout this training camp and is coming off of an impressive game last Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Brodie picked up a pair of power play goals in the first period against the Lightning matched up with Mark Giordano and Alex Kotalik.

“T.J Brodie played very well. Playing next to Gio, he was pretty darn good on the ice for us,” said head coach Brent Sutter.

“Guys like Gio (Giordano) and Cory Sarich are good guys to play with,” T.J Brodie said about his line mates. “They’re the veterans and they know what they’re doing out there and they help you out on the bench.”

With Brodie’s recent success and notable play, he has found a way to reside on the roster and dodge a couple of cuts for now. 14 players were assigned to the Abbotsford Heat the other day and another three more today. This is the time to shine.

“It’s a big accomplishment, “said Brodie on surviving the first few cuts. “Everything has exceeded my expectations of the camp so far- it’s been better than expected.

How does Brodie remain calm, cool and relaxed with the pressure and high expectations?

“I’m taking it day by day. I know there is a long way to go. I’m still underweight for my size so I just have to keep working and keep pushing.

 “I think I’m pretty laid back. I just go with the flow.”

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