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Hagman injured, Nemisz recalled

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames

SAN JOSE - The injury toll continues to rise for the Calgary Flames.

With seven games remaining in the regular season the Flames have lost another veteran to injury as Niklas Hagman flew back to Calgary Tuesday after suffering a potential concussion in Monday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Hagman, suffering from concussion-like symptoms, will be examined by doctors in Calgary to determine whether or not he has a concussion.

"You never want to see guys go down at this time of the season," said head coach Brent Sutter. "But it is what it is. Guys will have to play in situations they might not be used to and another young player will get a chance to play."

That young player would be Greg Nemisz.

The Flames recalled Greg Nemisz from the Abbotsford Heat, the team's top affiliate in the American Hockey League. Nemisz, who had been recalled earlier in the season but did not see action, is expected to play Wednesday at the HP Pavilion as the Flames continue their road trip with a game against the San Jose Sharks.

Nemisz, a former frist round pick of the Flames, is second in goals (14) and second in points (32) in 65 games with the Heat.

He has been playing both centre and wing this season in the AHL.

With the Flames down on centres, he may take some shifts down the middle against the Sharks. The Flames have used a number of different players on draws on this road trip, including Curtis Glencross.

Nemisz, a native of Courtice, Ontario, is playing in his first professional season. The 6’3”, 200 lbs forward was a member of the Canadian National Junior Team in 2010 capturing a silver medal at the World Junior Championships. He was also a member of back to back Memorial Cup Championships with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010. He was the Flames 1st round pick (25th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

"He is getting thrown right into the fire," said Sutter. "It's a great situation because you are going into the battle. It's playoff-like hockey. But he has played in big game before. He's played in the Memorial Cup and won."

Nemisz played with Lance Bouma, who is currently with the Flames, for much of the season in Abbotsford.

"He's a smart player. He knows the game well. We've had some chemistry together," said Bouma, who could end up being on a line with Nemisz on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Hagman played just 3:18 against the Kings on Monday. In 71 games this season he has 11 goals and 27 points. He joins David Moss, Brendan Morrison, Adam Pardy, Raitis Ivanans, Fredrik Modin and Daymond Langkow on the injured list.

NOTEWORTHY: Most of the team was given Tuesday as a recovery day after playing back-to-back games Sunday and Monday. D Brett Carson, D Brendan Mikkelson, F Daymond Langkow, F Lance Bouma and G Henrik Karlsson did skate...The Flames are 1-1-1 against the Sharks, who lead the Pacific Division, this season. The last time the teams met the Flames lost 4-3 in a shootout...Alex Tanguay has five assists in three games versus the Sharks...

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