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Two-way pact could punch Jaffray's ticket

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Enjoying the annual barbecue with Calgary Flames ownership yesterday was a nice reward for Jason Jaffray.

He's earned it.

But despite outplaying many of his supposed competitors throughout the pre-season schedule, the 28-year-old is cursed with a two-way deal that may be the difference between him staying put to start the campaign or suiting up in the AHL with the Abbotsford Heat.

"I've been around long enough to know a lot of the time those guys (with one-way deals) are the ones that are going to get the first opportunity," said Jaffray, who didn't suit up for Saturday's pre-season finale.

"But I think with the camp that I've had, I've made decisions tough for them.

"Maybe I have outplayed some of the guys that are one those contracts, but you never know."

With 14 Flames forwards on one-way contracts, Jaffray knows the odds are against him despite a pair of goals -- one a game-winner -- in five pre-season games.

"I think I've had a great camp. I've showed them I can play well defensively. I can play a penalty-kill role. I can play a fourth-line energy role. Got in a couple of fights," said the always upbeat Jaffray, who grew up in nearby Olds.

"I think I've showcased myself pretty well and showed them what I can do, and that's all you can really ask."

Scratched for Saturday's game along with other players on the bubble such as Jamie Lundmark, Colin Stuart and defenceman Staffan Kronwall, Jaffray hasn't received much feedback.

"I wish I had a little recorder behind closed doors," he said. "Hopefully, they're satisfied with the way I'm playing. It's definitely a nerve-racking time of year, but I feel pretty confident.

"If I don't end up here from Day 1, hopefully I'm on that short list of guys that will be up here through the season."

SHANTZ HEADED TO MINORS

The Flames announced yesterday netminder David Shantz has been assigned to the AHL Abbotsford Heat.


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