The Calgary Flames unveiled five of their newest players Tuesday.
Off-season signees Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Bourque, Mike Cammalleri
, Curtis Glencross
and Andre Roy were all in attendance at a news conference to introduce the new-look Flames.
The signings represent a blend of size, grit, speed and skill.
While the core of the team remains intact with the long-term signings of players like captain Jarome Iginla
, goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
and defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr, the fabric of the team is changing.
"I think every team needs grit," said Roy, who played in Tampa Bay last season. "That's part of my role with Glencross and Bourque. It's a role I enjoy."
Bourque, who played in Chicago last season, noted that the Flames were already a good hockey team but the summer additions add more to the mix.
"That's our identity -- a team that plays hard every night," said Bourque.
"We have added a few guys that are a little younger, a little stronger and a little faster. The game has changed a little bit and I think that was why we were brought in. We already had a good team before we got here. Anything we can do to make us better and help us win is all good for us."
Bourque brings size and speed to the wings.
"I just try to play hard every night, get in on the forecheck and bump some bodies around and shoot the puck as much as I can," said Bourque.
The playing hard theme was very prevalent at the introduction of the new players -- a harkening back to 2004 when the Flames hard-worked themselves to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final with a solid blend of grit, size, speed and skill.
"I am just going to go and play hard every game. Whever the coaches put me, that's my goal. I'll try and put sme points on the board," said Glencross, who played for Columbus and Edmonton last season. "I play a bang and chase game and try to get the crowd into it. You need gritty, down to earth guys on teams too. This is a chance for me to come and do that."
On the skill side, Cammalleri and Bertuzzi are expected to contribute offensively, adding to an attack that includes the likes of Iginla and Daymond Langkow.
The Bertuzzi signing created quite the buzz in Calgary. Bertuzzi is looking forward to hitting training camp in top shape and earning his playing time.
"It's a tight-knit group and I am looking forward to coming in and being part of it," said Bertuzzi, whose son, Tag, was also on hand for the news conference. "I am going to come into camp, head down and make sure that I can play that ice time. You still have to go out and earn it."
Cammalleri suffered through injury troubles last season, playing in 63 games and registering 47 points, his lowest totals for a regular season in the NHL. Bertuzzi, though, said Cammalleri is a solid centre with 80 points written all over him.
"It's behind me. I had a couple of tough injuries last season but it is not an excuse," said Cammalleri of last season. "I'm looking forward to this season. I am trying to stay in the present. You know, tonight's sleep, tomorrow's workout and then getting down to winning some hockey games."
He, too, noted that the hard-working identity is what Calgary is all about.
"It's evident what the identity is here in Calgary. It fits my personality," he said.
Obviously he is looking to produce offensively, too.
"I like the give and go game and lots of communication with my linemates. I am a player who feeds off his teammates and I am looking forward to that here," he said.
Coming from Los Angeles he knows there will be more pressure, more expectations in Calgary.
"When you have that pressure to win it's probably a good way for us to come together as a team," he said.