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Pre-Game Quotes: Flames @ Rangers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


On Micheal Ferland's status:

“Micheal’s got an MCL sprain in his knee. He’ll be week-to-week. We’re going to call it week-to-week at this point, sort of see how things respond. He’ll begin treating it now, rehabbing it now. He didn’t make the trip so he’s back in Calgary. He was evaluated again yesterday and today. MCL sprain, week-to-week.”

“He was injured in the Detroit game.”

“It’s a loss. Anytime you lose somebody, you’ve got to replace the minutes and replace the role. When somebody goes down, you’ve got to replace what that person brought. We’ve had a few of them to start the year, so now the next man up gets the opportunity to jump in and contribute. We’re hopeful that it’s not going to be too long and Micheal will be back.”

On recalling Derek Grant:

“It’s been a strange schedule down there. They haven’t played a whole lot of games to start. You’re looking, well, he played well last week. But Derek’s had a good start. He had a good camp too. There’s a reason we went and signed this guy too. He’s a big body, skates well, versatile – can play centre, can play the wing. That was one of the things in coming up was maybe some versatility … he was off to a good start there. He gets an opportunity and we’ll see what he can do with it.”

On losing Ferland and Lance Bouma to injuries:

“Similar in the way they play - they bring some bite, getting in the forecheck, physical presence. Now, you need that from others. We kind of gauge it as we go along to see if there are others, internally or in Stockton – that’s another thing with Derek, a bigger body, able to hold onto pucks, protect pucks. You never like to see guys go down, but as the saying goes, you continue to move on. Others have to fill the void and take on other responsibility.”

On TJ Brodie:

“We haven’t circled that date and said, ‘Here it is.’ The good news is this is the next step. You progress and now he’s with the team, skating with the team, getting those reps. That’s good news. Not ready to say, ‘Lets target this game or that game.’ But it’s closer than it was yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow is closer than it was today. He’s on the right path.”


On being recalled:

“It was a quick turnaround. I think we only played three games there, about one a week to start the year. It’s a little tough doing that and then coming here, [with] obviously a pretty tough schedule. But I think I’ll maybe have some fresh legs and hopefully be able to use that to my advantage.”

On playing at Madison Square Garden:

“Obviously there’s a lot of history in this rink and I’m just excited to get a game here and hopefully bring a solid presence, help this team win.”

On his goals tonight:

“I think just play my game – strong in the face-off circle, strong defensively, and just try to be aggressive, bring energy, try to create a little offence as well.”

On his road game history:

“I played against the Islanders but never at Madison Square Garden.”

On the opportunity he has with the Flames:

“Obviously, you’re always a little disappointed going down but I tried to keep playing my game, stay positive. I knew there’s lots of an opportunity with injuries and with the team struggling, it creates opportunities for guys like me. Hopefully you can help turn things around.”

“You have to make a difference and be a difference out there every shift. I think for me, it’s little things like face-offs, being sound defensively, and being a tough centreman to play against. I’m playing with Benny and Jooris tonight and I think we have a lot of speed on that line. Hopefully just try to create some things down low and use each other. For me, it’s just playing my game, don’t change anything, don’t try to do too much.”

“I found out the night before pretty late and had an early flight. I think I was up at 5:00 AM to catch the plane and connected in Atlanta. I think I got here at 3:00 PM, so just before the team landed.”

“They called me after the game so I guess it was 10:30 or 11:00 in Texas. I probably didn’t get my flight itinerary until about 12:30. S short sleep but you run on adrenaline a lot of the time anyway.”

“Just go play, be aggressive, play with an edge. You go out and just play [your] game, don’t think about it too much, don’t change anything, but play with that little bit of bite and be a tough player to play against.”

On his first NHL experience:

“It was actually in Toronto, my first game. There were three of us who went up together at that time, so it made things a little easier for me.”


On building off Friday's win:

“We did lots of good things but like we say when we lose or we win, we need to move on. Obviously we have to remember what we did right. And looking at the way we played in Winnipeg, looking at the way that we played in Vancouver, I thought that our road games were much more consistent than our home games. Obviously we want this to keep going but that win, especially the way that we got it, it was a big confidence booster. The guys felt good about themselves and that’s so important.”

On Grant:

“He’s going to be in and he’s going to be centering Sam Bennett and Josh Jooris. Three guys with speed, three guys that can create offence for us. I thought that Josh Jooris probably had his best game of the season against Detroit. So, three guys that can skate, the Rangers are a fast-paced hockey club, it should be a good match-up.”

“It’s too early to see. I’ll watch him but obviously he’s not a 21-year-old call-up. Obviously he’s been through this with Ottawa and at a certain point, it should help him. Again, it’s his first game. Obviously we all expect a great game but at the same time, you always have to give a little leeway to those players because it’s new, new teammates and everything. But it’s an opportunity for him and he wants to make the best of it.”

What he was discussing with Grant during practice:

“Just to ask him if he was comfortable with every part of our system and to make sure, hey, this is his first game with us, make sure that he feels good. If he had any questions, we’re here to help.”

On the Rangers:

“Fast-paced. They have unbelievable skaters. You look at their four lines, you look at their [defence] and they’re jumping into the attack. Anyone who watched the game last night against Philly, that was a great hockey game. Lots of scoring chances on both sides, great goaltending, and that’s how they play.”

On losing Ferland and Bouma:

“It’s tough. Those physical guys, it’s like replacing a 30-goal scorer or your best defenceman. Those guys bring something that not everyone can. It’s a choice. It’s a bit part of their personality. We have Bolls up front but we’re going to miss those two guys but there’s not much we can do.”

On Brandon Bollig:

“We know Bolls. He had a great camp, he’s a great team guy. We know he’s going to stand up for any teammate. He brings a physical presence. That’s important.”


On skating with the team:

“It definitely feels good. I got a little extra sleep today. You get back with the boys and test it out a little more, it’s definitely a good feeling.”

On how his hand is feeling and his estimated return date:

“It’s feeling good. Doing some stuff, I can still feel it a little bit. I think it’s one of those things that sometimes, with pain, you don’t stop, you keep going and pursue it.”

“A little bit of everything. It depends on where my stick is in my hands, struggling where I can hold my stick and use it as leverage and use my bottom hand a bit more. I think that’s what it’s going to be, trying to find a way to play without the pain.”

“I definitely want to get back sooner than later. At the same time, I want to make sure it’s solid and it’s not going to happen again. It’s definitely up to the doctors.”

“It’s tough to watch. You want to be out there. Hopefully that win the other night can help them get on a streak here.”

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