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Jaffray survives final cut

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Being called into the coach's office always gets the nerves going.

Especially when you watch a couple of guys walk out with long faces.

That's what Flames hopeful Jason Jaffray faced Tuesday after clearing waivers, knowing Brent Sutter had to trim down to 23 players for tonight's season opener.

"I was dreading the meeting with him all day (Tuesday) because I didn't know what was happening. I knew I was on waivers."

He wasn't alone. Jamie Lundmark and Colin Stuart also cleared waivers and got bad news from their coach. Both were sent to the AHL Abbotsford Heat yesterday.

"The first two guys were called in, and I saw the reaction as they walked out of the dressing room," Jaffray said.

"I wasn't excited to get a meeting myself.

"They kept their straight faces in there for the first couple of minutes of the meeting, and then (Sutter) told me that I was gonna be the 13th forward this year."

Jaffray showed a knack for scoring timely goals with a couple in the pre-season, and also dropped the gloves and earned time on the penalty kill.

To save money on the salary cap, Jaffray could still be sent down any day. But it won't change the fact he made the team out of camp. The product of Olds won't likely ever forget his meeting with the Red Deer rancher.

"He asked me if I had anything to say. He caught me off guard -- I was expecting the worst," Jaffray said.

"I was expecting him to hand me a sheet that told me when I was heading to Abbotsford. I was smiling ear to ear. It's something that every young guy has kind of been waiting for, waiting for that meeting his entire life."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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