CALGARY -- As fine a fit as he's found at centre, David Moss is a winger at heart.
The big-bodied 29-year-old from Michigan was back on the right flank Monday with last year's linemates Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen to his left.
After doing serious damage over the second half of last NHL season, the trio has been reunited by Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter to spark more offensive production.
"They've had success in the past together -- they really seem to feed off each other and trust each other," Sutter said. "Being able to move Moss around a little certainly says something about him as a player."
Jokinen agrees, although his compliment might not seem all that flattering at first.
"With David, he's almost like a spare tire," Jokinen said with a grin. "If you need to plug some hole, you put Mosser in there.
"First-line centre, fourth-line wing, second-line wing, fourth-line centre -- wherever you need a spark, you put Mosser in.
"I think it shows he's a very important guy over here."
Moss could be one of the team's most underrated members.
Struggling early last year after a pre-season shoulder injury, Moss finally got rolling on the OMG Line with Jokinen and Glencross, putting up 17 goals and 30 points in just 58 games.
Then a high-ankle sprain he suffered in practice put him back on the shelf.
With a goal and an assist so far this year, primarily as a centre on the top line between Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla, things haven't been quite as prosperous for the 6-foot-4, 207-pounder.
But if history can repeat itself, the latest move could prove profitable for both Moss and the Flames.
"It's familiar territory -- I'm excited to be back with those guys," said Moss, who enjoys the fact he can be more aggressive going to the net as a winger, where as playing centre comes with more defensive responsibilities, even in the offensive zone.
"You're more cautious of diving into plays (at centre)," Moss continued. "When you're on the wing, that's your job -- to go up and down and get to the net."
The shift moved Lee Stempniak, who had been keeping Moss' winger spot warm, to a line with Matt Stajan and Rene Bourque -- another combination that has the coach excited about in terms of possible offensive output.
Pinch-hitting at centre is still a possibility for Moss if the circumstances call for it, but Sutter plans to give the OMG trio every chance to click again.
"I feel like, right now, I'd like to get the three of those guys back together -- their history speaks for itself," Sutter said. "For the most part, I'd like to see (Moss) play there for a bit now."
Jokinen is happy to have his old linemate back.
"It's not like we have to build the chemistry -- we think it's there," Jokinen added. "I think it's gonna be good."
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