Fresh faces hear familiar boo birds

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Must have felt like home.

Just one day after arriving in Calgary, the four newcomers from the Dion Phaneuf deal were treated to boos as they left the Saddledome ice for the first time Monday night.

They're got used to that sort of treatment as members of the Toronto Maple Leafs but don't want to make it a habit here.

"It was really nice to see all the red jerseys," new Flames winger Niklas Hagman said after a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. "Obviously, we would have wanted to play better for each other and for the fans.

"The fans, they're free to express their opinion. Hopefully, it's not something we're going to hear much more."

Hagman, fellow forwards Matt Stajan and Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White had their work cut out for them with local fans tired of the losing and looking for some spark from their Flames after the blockbuster deal Sunday.

Without a practice aside from the morning skate, they were thrown into the fire with their new teammates.

Hagman didn't record a stat, finishing even on the night with 14:23 of ice time. Stajan had a shot on goal and was minus-1 while going a perfect 8-0 in the faceoff circle in 17:01. Mayers had a couple of hits and went four-for-six in the dot in 11:52. And White logged 21:43 on the blueline but didn't get a shot on goal.

The defenceman admitted he was jittery.

"Yeah, definitely. Lots of nerves, actually," White said. "It's the first time I've been in this position. First impressions are lasting."

They'll hope for a better second effort.

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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