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SAY WHAT: FIGHTING FOR FIRST

A rundown of what was discussed following Tuesday's morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

TRAVIS HAMONIC ON TEAM'S DEPTH:

"We feel we're a good team. When guys are out, obviously it's a blow - you never want to see anybody out and you want everybody back as soon as possible, but with that is an opportunity for somebody else to come in and prove themselves. When you have that many guys in only a certain number of spots, it makes for good practices and it makes for that inner competition as teammates. That's the goal for every organization is to have that inner competition."

 

HAMONIC ON FIGHT FOR FIRST PLACE:

"You're going to play everybody at some point. For us, you want to finish as high as you can because that's your competitive, hockey-player nature. That's what we want. You want to be the best team in the league at all times, every night, every day in practice you've got to come and work. We take it game-by-game, day-by-day and let the chips fall for they may. Anything can happen at any given moment. We know that. ... You don't start to think about those things at all."

 

DEREK RYAN ON POSSIBLE CGY/VGK PLAYOFF MATCHUP:

"That would be a really fun series. That would be awesome to take part in something like that, but I wouldn't mind San Jose and Vegas beating up on each other a little bit in the first round."

 

CURTIS LAZAR ON DRAWING IN:

"It feels great. I've been quite patient this season. I've got a good thing going, too. I've earned the opportunity up here. It didn't come when I was last up, but my number gets called tonight and I'm looking forward to going out there and helping the boys win."

 

LAZAR ON DEVELOPMENT IN STOCKTON:

"I just feel relaxed. I feel free. "And I'm hoping to see that translate. I feel this is the next step in my development - to come out here with the big boys, hop on the ice and see what sticks."

 

LAZAR ON LONG-TERM GOALS:

"Obviously, you want to play in the NHL. …  I'm in my fifth-year pro, and I look at this season as a chance to develop, regardless of whether it was up here or down there. I got a chance to play, take on a bit of a leadership role and mentor the younger kids down there. I thought I did a great job with that. I can only control so much and that's the way I play and the way I conduct myself. That's all I could do. When I was up here before, of course you want to prove to everyone that I do belong in the NHL and I'm an everyday player, but that chance just didn't come."

 

BILL PETERS ON LAZAR:

"He's hanging onto pucks in the right situations, looking to make plays and (is) very smart. When there's a play to be made, he looks to make it. He wasn't doing that as much earlier. He was probably more of a chip-and-chase guy earlier and now when there's a play to be made, he executes that. That's what's going to help him moving forward."

 

PETERS ON POSSIBLE PLAYOFF OPPONENTS:

"We were talking about it this morning. When people say, 'Who do you want to play?' It's going to be a tough test no matter who you play. So, would you rather pick your opponent or be healthy? That's what I'd ask you."

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