Hamrlik earns coach's praise

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

It's too early to tell whether the new blueline pairings had anything to do with Roman Hamrlik's fine play Friday and Saturday.

But Flames head coach Jim Playfair said the veteran blueliner was a force in a shootout loss to Columbus and a win over St. Louis.

"I thought Roman was really good on the road trip. I thought he was consistently strong," Playfair said.

Hamrlik teamed with last year's partner Dion Phaneuf for the past two games.

"He tried to be a quick, physical player for us back there," Playfair said.

"Dion is always trying to compete and improve and find a way to win. I thought they were both very good."

BOYD'S FUTURE BRIGHT:

Youngster Dustin Boyd's visit to the bigs was short but sweet.

Boyd was returned to Omaha Saturday but showed he is destined for a full-time role in the NHL.

"We've identified some areas to help him develop when he's in Omaha but he proved in a lot of areas he's gonna be a really good National Hockey League player," said Jim Playfair.

"He'll play in this league for a long time because of his ability to skate, compete and move the puck. He's a smart player and he's a competitive guy."


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