CALGARY – The Calgary Flames are expected to start the season without two key offseason acquisitions.
Forwards Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka will both miss Calgary’s season opener.
Hudler, whose father passed away earlier this week, is attending to family matters in the Czech Republic. There is no scheduled return for his timetable. The 29-year-old was signed to a four-year, $16-million deal last July.
The 27-year-old Cervenka is out indefinitely because of anticoagulant medication he’s taking after the presence of a blood clot. While the clot is no longer an issue, Cervenka will see a hematology specialist before making his debut. When he’s deemed able to come off the medication, Cervenka will be cleared to skate.
When he does return, Cervenka will make his North American introduction after spending his entire career in Europe. The 5-foot-11 forward is expected to slot into a top-six role when he is cleared.
The team will also be without defenseman Anton Babchuk, who missed training camp with an injured shoulder.
Curtis Glencross – Alex Tanguay – Jarome Iginla
Sven Baertschi – Mikael Backlund – Michael Cammalleri
Roman Horak – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Tim Jackman – Steve Begin – Blake Comeau
Mark Giordano – Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler – Dennis Wideman
Derek Smith – Cory Sarich