Flames trim 17 from camp roster

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

CALGARY - A couple of pointed messages came within the news, but there werent any real surprises when the axe fell at the Saddledome Wednesday.

The Calgary Flames reduced their training camp roster by 17 players, of which 13 were dispatched to the AHL Abbotsford Heat.

The cuts leave 46 in camp: four goalies, 15 defencemen and 27 forwards.

It was a shorter-than-expected stint in Calgary for a few players who the organization had big hopes for in recent times.

First-year pro Ryan Howse, the 2009 third-round draft choice coming off a 51-goal season for the WHL Chilliwack Bruins, was among the crew dispatched to the Heat.

The organization had high hopes for the 20-year-old in his first professional season, but his fitness level wasnt up to expectations, even though he made some improvements from a year ago.

Another couple of players who must take a step forward sooner than later are second-year pro Mitch Wahl a second-round draft choice in 2008 and defenceman John Negrin, the 2007 third-round pick who had two injury-plagued seasons and didnt have the performance expected during the prospects tournament.

The Heat open their training camp Friday and have a pre-season game Sunday against the University of British Columbia.

Also assigned to the Heat were: C John Armstrong, G Adam Avramenko, RW Bryan Cameron, C Justin Dowling, LW Ryley Grantham, C Quintin Laing, LW Logan MacMillan, RW Jon Rheault, LW C.J. Severyn and C Dustin Sylvester.

The Flames also sent a trio of players from the 2010 draft to their respective junior teams in D Joey Leach (Kootenay), RW Michael Ferland (Brandon) and RW Patrick Holland (Tri City).

Right winger Blake Gal of the Spokane Chiefs, who attended camp on an amateur tryout, was released.

REMAINING IN FLAMES CAMP

GOAL (4)

31 Joni Ortio

34 Miikka Kiprusoff

35 Henrik Karlsson

37 Leland Irving

DEFENCE (15)

3 Brett Carson

4 Jay Bouwmeester

5 Mark Giordano

6 Cory Sarich

7 T.J. Brodie

21 Clay Wilson

23 Scott Hannan

27 Derek Smith

29 Brendan Mikkelson

33 Anton Babchuk

42 Jordan Henry

43 Joe Piskula

44 Chris Butler

54 Chris Breen

68 James Martin

LEFT WING (11)

10 Niklas Hagman

17 Rene Bourque

20 Curtis Glencross

24 Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

40 Alex Tanguay

41 Raitis Ivanans

46 Carter Bancks

47 Sven Baertschi

48 Greg Nemisz

57 Lance Bouma

65 Turner Elson

RIGHT WING (6)

12 Jarome Iginla

15 Tim Jackman

16 Tom Kostopoulos

22 Lee Stempniak

25 David Moss

26 Guilluame Desbiens

CENTRE (10)

8 Brendan Morrison

11 Mikael Backlund

13 Olli Jokinen

18 Matt Stajan

19 Stefan Meyer

32 Paul Byron

36 Ben Walter

51 Roman Horak

59 Max Reinhart

71 Gaelan Patterson


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