Cammalleri expected back before season's end
WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Flames GM Jay Feaster expects winger Michael Cammalleri to return to action before the end of the season. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - There's some positive news on the injury front, although Calgary Flames fans can't expect any immediate impacts.
In Florida, Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters he expects winger Michael Cammalleri (upper-body) to return to action before the end of the regular season.
Meanwhile, injured forwards Lance Bouma (upper-body), Tim Jackman (upper-body) and Lee Stempniak (ankle) and blueliner Chris Butler (leg) were all on skates Wednesday at the Saddledome, although Flames head coach Brent Sutter ruled out any chance they'd be available for Thursday's clash with the Phoenix Coyotes.
That's bad news for the Portland Winterhawks and great news for 19-year-old winger Sven Baertschi, who's scored in two straight games and will definitely appear in at least one more before being returned to his Western Hockey League squad.
The Flames currently have four guys on emergency recall -- Guillaume Desbiens, Greg Nemisz and Roman Horak are the others -- and Baertschi must be among the first two demoted when full-time forwards are ready to return.
"The rules are the rules. Once guys are healthy and getting back, then obviously you have to reassign him back, but we're not at that stage yet," Sutter said.
Centre Blair Jones (ankle) and defenceman T.J. Brodie (upper-body) are also in the Flames' infirmary.
Loob checks in
It was a late-night call from an old Flame.
Hakan Loob, who spent six seasons in Calgary and was a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup-winning squad, called the Overtime program on Sportsnet 960 radio after Tuesday's win.
Loob told host Pat Steinberg -- admittedly a bit stunned by the call -- he still keeps tabs on the team and wishes them well.
"I just felt like calling and saying 'Go for it' because I know what it's like to make the playoffs and not making it. I really wanted to wish the guys good luck," Loob said.
A former 50-goal scorer for the Flames, Loob is currently the the president of hockey operations for Farjestads BK in the Swedish Elite League.
The Flames have recalled netminder Leland Irving from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat.
With games on back-to-back nights, Irving will likely get the call for Friday's road showdown with the Edmonton Oilers.
Henrik Karlsson, the odd-man-out in Calgary's puck-stopping plans, worked Wednesday with goalie coach Clint Malarchuk.