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Horak excited to be traded to Calgary

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Wednesday afternoon was a bittersweet day for Calgary Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.

He was unable to sign defenceman Tim Erixon to an entry-level deal but Feaster did acquire two second round picks in this year's NHL Entry Draft along with prospect Roman Horak.

The Flames have had their eye on Horak for the majority of the 2010-11 season thanks to his linemate, Calgary prospect Ryan Howse.

"We were in Chilliwack, we were on Chilliwack, watching Chilliwack a great deal because of Ryan Howse. This was a player who actually played on the same line as Ryan Howse. The two of them had excellent chemistry throughout the season. As a result, he's a guy who would jump out at you as you watch him."

"He's a guy that we ought to be thinking about acquiring in trade or in fact, looking at as a redraft if the Rangers didn't sign him."

Howse expressed his delight via Twitter after the trade was announced.

"Pretty fired up Roman Horak traded to the flames with me #linemates #forlife," he Tweeted.

Horak is coming off a career season with the Chilliwack Bruins. He potted 26 goals and 78 points with the Bruins this season. He scored 19 of those goals on the power play and had two shorthanded markers, showcasing his special teams prowess.

All in all, Feaster is very impressed with that he has seen from Horak over the course of the last season.

"He has a nose for the net. He scored 26 goals this year in Chilliwack. He plays a very hard game as far as his work ethic. He competes, he battles, he takes hits to make a play, he delivers hits. There's no quit in his game. We like his grit. We like his passion, compete."

On Wednesday morning, Feaster spoke with Horak about the deal and was pleased that Horak is thrilled to be joining the organization.

"I'm excited that this young man is excited to be here. When I spoke with him on the phone, he was genuinely excited. Mike Burke talked to him about our development camp this summer and (he) said to me, 'This kid is really pumped up to be here.'

"That's an important thing too because it's important from an organizational standpoint, it's important within our room, it's important to the Calgary Flames that we have players that are excited about being here and being part of the program that we're trying to build."

Feaster doesn't expect Horak will make the club this season but noted the 20 year-old will be staying close to Calgary as he'll likely be assigned to Abbotsford with Howse.

"There is no European return clause in his contract which means he'll come in and try to compete to make the club. If he doesn't, he'll be with our top AHL affiliate in Abbotsford. We'll be able to monitor his growth and his development and we project that in some point in time, he's going to play in the National Hockey League.

"He's not necessarily ready to play today and we thought Tim was. That's just the reality of the situation. But again, we're able to get a guy who believe will play for us in Calgary at some point."

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