Flames' Cundari to play his own style

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 23: Rich Clune #16 of the Nashville Predators slashes Mark Cundari #42 of the...

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 23: Rich Clune #16 of the Nashville Predators slashes Mark Cundari #42 of the Calgary Flames at the Bridgestone Arena on April 23, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 AM ET

CALGARY - Replacing Jay Bouwmeester isn’t on Mark Cundari’s agenda.

The Calgary Flames blueliner doesn’t lack for confidence, but he knows better than to put that level of expectations on himself.

“What’s he making, $6.5 million? He’s an elite defenceman, so to be the only defenceman coming the other way meant something to me,” Cundari explained.

“It’s huge shoes to fill. For me, it’s about getting (to the NHL). Once I’m here, I can add my flavour to the team and be the best I can be. It’s not going to be same player as Jay Bouwmeester, but it’s going to be Mark Cundari’s version of what an NHL defenceman needs to be.”

Cundari, who was acquired by the Flames in the trade which sent Bouwmeester to a St. Louis Blues squad his new team will face Thursday (6 p.m., Sportsnet West, Sportsnet960), is hoping to get an opportunity he dreamed about over the past few seasons while with the Blues organization ­— a chance to play a big-league clash in the Gateway City.


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