Nystrom loses roomie along with teammate

STEVE MACFARLANE, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

Eric Nystrom hasn’t had time to miss his good friend and former housemate Dustin Boyd since a trade deadline deal sent Boyd to the Nashville Predators.

Maybe it’s because the 23-year-old former Flames winger isn’t gone yet.

“He’s still here,” Nystrom said with a grin after Thursday’s practice at the Saddledome. “I think he’s waiting for a visa or something.”

With a game Wednesday night and practice in the morning, Nystrom and Boyd haven’t had a lot of time to chat about the move that gave the Flames an extra fourth-round draft pick this spring and will provide Boyd a new chance to showcase his considerable skills.

“He came down to the rink while I was getting ready for the game, and then I headed down to the arena,” Nystrom said.

“He was kind of shocked. But at the same time, it’s a good opportunity for him. He was going to be an odd-man out here, so I think he’s pretty excited about the opportunity to get a fresh sheet.”

The Flames still have 15 forwards battling for ice time, and Boyd has never found his way into a top-nine role with the Flames despite playing nearly 200 NHL games over parts of four seasons as a pro.

He should get that chance with a speedy Predators team that parted with less than what Boyd was initially purchased for — the Flames’ third-round selection in the 2004 draft.

“I know he’s pretty excited about a chance to show the type of player that he thinks he is,” said Nystrom, who’s equally thrilled for his pal but admits it’s sad to see him go after the two shared a home.

“It’s good to have a guy like that around just to talk to. After the game when you’re just hanging out, there’s someone to talk to about the game and stuff,” Nystrom said.

“I’ve lived with him for two years now. It’s sad to see someone like that go.”

He won’t be easily replaced. Not that Nystrom will be looking for a new roommate too quickly.

“I think I’ll enjoy my own space for a little bit,” he said with a laugh.

“And enjoy the place without him there.”


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