December 9, 2011
Flames' Stempniak steps up
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
Lee Stempniak's production is no surprise to Brent Sutter.
The Calgary Flames head coach knew what they were getting when GM Jay Feaster sent Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes in return for Stempniak -- and he's been putting him in a position to succeed with the Flames.
"I knew the type of player we were getting. A guy that has put up numbers in the past, has scored in the past, but brings a pretty complete game," Sutter said of the speedy winger who has eight goals and 14 points in 28 games with the Flames. "It's not surprising to see what he's doing. He's being put in situations to be able to do so. He's one of our better penalty killers. He plays the powerplay, plays five-on-five minutes. He's a guy that gets put out there.
"He creates opportunities, and his line creates opportunities, because they do things a certain way."
Inching closer to a return from a nasty foot injury, David Moss is likely just days away from joining the team on a full basis.
Moss partook in Thursday's optional morning skate, but hasn't yet been cleared for a team practice.
"It's a day-to-day thing," said head coach Brent Sutter. "The best way to put it is there's a slight chance, maybe (he'll play) at the end of the road trip. If not, it'll be sometime after."
He'll join the team for next week's swing through Nashville, Miami and Tampa Bay, but Sutter isn't sure when he'll get the green light to practice.
"I'm optimistic, hoping it might be be at some point on this road trip," he said. "That'll be determined through himself and doctors, when they tell me he's got the go-ahead.
"He's not there yet."
Bugged by the flu
Alex Tanguay was sent home early Friday after arriving at the Saddledome feeling a little under the weather for an off-ice workout with the team. His locker-stall neighbour Curtis Glencross missed Tuesday's game with the flu ... Glencross was excused from media availability so he could get to Brooks for his jersey retirement ceremony by the AJHL Bandits, where he played two seasons before heading to university.