Bouwmeester cool about call

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

With Jay Bouwmeester's low-key, even-keel demeanour, you can't help but wonder whether he's ever tossed and turned about anything.

The Calgary Flames defenceman said he wouldn't in anticipation of today's unveiling of Canada's Olympic team.

"I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," he said yesterday. "We have a game at home and with the way we've been playing at home, we have more important things to focus on right now. It's one those things, if it happens, great. If not, life goes on."

Team Canada will be unveiled today at 10 a.m.

A trio of Flames blueliners -- Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr -- are in the mix. None are apparent slam dunks like captain Jarome Iginla, but it shouldn't be a surprise if one or more is chosen.

"You definitely think about it. It'd be a great honour to have that opportunity, but with saying that, your main priority is still the Calgary Flames, and that's been my focus for the first half of the season," Phaneuf said. "It'll be good to hear and then move on."

All three defencemen attended the summer orientation camp and they've had solid seasons. The question is whether it'll be enough to crack a very talented roster.

"I think everyone realizes the situation," Bouwmeester said. "There's going to be guys that get left off who are really good players. There's a lot of good players in Canada."

Added Regehr: "There's really not much I can do. I think anyone in the process is looking forward to it being over and done with. They have an idea of what type of team they want and they'll pick a (group) for that (style of) team. If you get picked, great. If not, there's some positives, too. You can rest up and get ready for a good stretch run."

Of course, the players initially chosen may not skate in Vancouver in February. With the amount they play for their teams, injury is a risk, so changes are possible.

All said the process hasn't been a distraction.

"You know they're watching every game," Phaneuf said of the scouting that took place. "With saying that, you have to be good because your focus is the Calgary Flames. It's been there all year, but I haven't been paying attention or going, 'Oh geez, I hope ...'

"I'm looking forward to hearing the team named."

Then more fun will begin.

"No matter what happens, there will be, 'Why this guy? Why not that guy?' You just go with it," Bouwmeester said.

The Flames have other things on their mind, namely tonight's clash with the Los Angeles Kings.

Their 4-1 victory in Edmonton Monday night snapped a three-game losing skid, but the Flames are still working their way out of a terrible slump in December.

"We're not out of the woods here," said head coach Brent Sutter. "We won one game and played well in areas of that game, no question, but we also have areas we need to work on.

"We need to get doing things at home they way we need to. That was the first step getting the direction we need.

"Everyone wants quick fix, that's just a natural thing, but I really felt we were starting to come in November and I guess we had a hard time dealing with that success."

The players know their win was just a start to rebuilding.

"We played better than the couple of last weeks and have to build on that, be stronger again (today)," goalie Miikka Kiprusoff said. "With the team we've got here, we should be higher in the standings."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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