Jamie farmed out again

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Jamie Lundmark has been sent to the minors before.

Plenty of times, in fact.

Still, receiving the demotion this time around deeply hurt the centre who has spent a decade trying to crack the NHL on a full-time basis.

"I'm very disappointed," Lundmark said as he packed his equipment into his vehicle at the Westside Recreation Centre while the Flames were practising.

"I think I had a great camp. I did everything I wanted to do. It just didn't work out. It's tough.

"All I've ever wanted to do is play in the NHL and it seems like I can't get there. It's been really tough."

Lundmark and fellow forward Colin Stuart were re-assigned to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat yesterday, the final cuts prior to declaring the opening day roster.

Centre Jason Jaffray survived the cuts.

Calgary's roster consists of two goalies, seven defencemen and 14 forwards, plus injured prospect John Armstrong, who missed all of the main training camp.

Although Lundmark has a two-way contract and was up against big odds to make a veteran-laden Calgary squad, it didn't lesson the blow.

"They basically said 'You did everything we asked you to do.' I went to rookie camp, came in great shape, did everything I could. I have no regrets about the effort I gave," he said. "I gave everything I could to be here."

In four pre-season games, Lund-mark collected two goals and three assists.

Lundmark, 28, played 27 games for Calgary last season, and collected eight goals and eight assists. He netted 52 points in 54 games for the AHL Quad City Flames.

A first-round draft choice of the New York Rangers in 1999, ninth overall, he's played 259 NHL games and posted 35 goals and 52 assists.

Originally acquired by the Flames late in the 2005-06 season, he was traded the next year to the Los Angeles Kings in the deal that returned Craig Conroy to Calgary.

Lundmark signed with the Flames as a free agent in the summer of 2008, and re-signed a one-year, two-way deal this past off-season.

It's very likely Lundmark will be summoned over the coming season, but he's spent so many years going through the ups and downs, it was hard to see that as a silver lining.

"I know there will be times I will be able to come up and go down, but it's tough," he said. "I've worked for the last 10 years to get in a position on a team, a spot on a team.

"It wears on you."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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