CALGARY - The fact Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley said Joey MacDonald would start Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars was no surprise.
That came with the news the team was reassigning Leland Irving to the AHL Abbotsford Heat and recalling Danny Taylor.
“When we claimed Joey MacDonald off waivers we did so with the expectation that he would play games for us,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said via statement. “Now that he has seen some game action we intend to use him more.
“By sending Leland to Abbotsford at this time he does not require waivers. We want Leland to go down and work on sharpening his game. At the same time this enables us to continue to evaluate Danny Taylor at the NHL level. Given (Miikka Kiprusoff’s) injury, we are undergoing a process of evaluating our other goaltenders and this assignment of Leland and subsequent recall of Danny is in furtherance of that evaluation process.”