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Flames' Sven Baertschi embracing learning experience

Flames forward Sven Baertschi skates against the Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary,...

Flames forward Sven Baertschi skates against the Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 20, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

CALGARY - The difference between last season’s NHL stint and this year for Sven Baertschi is quite simple.

“Last year, he came in for three games and he was like (being at) an amusement park,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said of the team’s rookie. “He knew there was zero pressure. He was not fighting for a job. He could not stay in Calgary.

“This year, it’s a different story. This year, it’s a full-time learning experience. It’s not a one-shot deal. There’s going to be ups and downs, like there was with Guy Lafleur, with Joe Sakic, with many, many great young players.”


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