Raphael Diaz's attempt to break training camp with the Calgary Flames is off to a good start. He had five shots on goal, a takeaway and four blocked shots in a team-high 23:27 of ice time in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
"He played very good," associate coach Jacques Cloutier told the Flames website. "He was under control. He moved the puck extremely well. A very simple game, but very effective."
Diaz, 28, has played for three teams in four NHL seasons, most recently with the New York Rangers. He has six goals and 45 points with a minus-5 rating in 145 NHL games, and was invited to Flames camp on a professional tryout.
"It's my fourth season now in the NHL and there are no gifts," Diaz said. "You have to earn every single game, every single contract. It's about earning things in the NHL. It's something I've learned over the last couple of years."
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