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'Time is now' for Wiemer

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

The issue wasn't about Chris Simon.

It had more to do with Jason Wiemer, the man inserted into the Calgary Flames lineup during last night's 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter made Simon a healthy scratch but stated the move was more about lighting a fire under Wiemer.

"It's got nothing to do with Si. It's the position -- left wing," Sutter said.

"Jason Wiemer has to step up and prove he can help our team and the time for it is now."

Wiemer played nearly 12 minutes last night, registering no points and no shots on net.

However, he did swing fists during a spirited tussle with Dan LaCouture during the third period.

In his previous 19 games, Wiemer collected one assist, 51 penalty minutes and had a minus-four rating.

And he knows Sutter is looking for more.

"That's fine. It's to be expected," said Wiemer.

"I played one game in our last while and it's time to get a spark. I need to respond to it and play well.

"It's been frustrating. It's been tough. Any time you're not in the lineup, it's hard."

Wiemer isn't alone in needing to earn his way into Sutter's good graces. There are a handful of players not producing to expectations, a list that includes Shean Donovan (one goal) and Simon (two goals).

However, Wiemer is a veteran of nearly 700 games and should provide more consistency when given the chance.

Sutter won't mince words about expecting more from Wiemer.

"He hasn't been happy not playing but it's been an easy decision for me," Sutter said.

"Look at our team -- we've got a pile of guys with one or two goals.

"As well as our team has played -- we've been able to hang in with Vancouver after 30 games and been able to push them which is really good -- I think we have individuals who can and have to play better."

Before last night, Wiemer's previous game was a Dec. 7 win in San Jose. It didn't go according to plan.

Not only did he have a goal taken away thanks to a goaltender interference penalty handed Donovan, he was sent to the sin bin on four occasions.

"Obviously, it wasn't the best thing to happen."


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