Krahn learning from experienced

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET


 It's a good thing Brent Krahn isn't a collector of hockey memorabilia.

 He'd need a second suitcase just to lug around his own jerseys -- from this year alone.

 The former Calgary Hitmen star goaltender started in the Flames pre-season opener, recording a 3-3 tie with the Edmonton Oilers, and began the season with the big club after Roman Turek suffered a concussion in the first regular-season game.

 Eventually, he was assigned to the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters and then the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers. If that wasn't enough, the Flames first-round pick in the 2000 draft was also loaned to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

 "Yeah, a lot of different jerseys," Krahn said with a smile. "And a lot of different numbers too. "One, 41, 39, 29 and 35. I've had them all."

 He didn't have a number on his new practice jersey as he went through the paces with the team and then stayed out for extra work with the reserves known as the Black Aces.

 But living out of his suitcase for the entire season is all worth it now that he has a chance to face NHL shooters on a regular basis.

 Although, as the team's No. 3 'tender, Krahn isn't handled with kid gloves in practice like Miikka Kiprusoff and Roman Turek are.

 No one wants to be responsible for firing the rubber off Kiprusoff's head during an off-day skate. But, hey, with the third-stringer ...

 "I guess you kind of have a target on your forehead some days," Krahn laughed. "Guys are coming in and teeing off but that's what I want. "I want to face NHL-calibre shots."

 He said it took a few practices to get accustomed to the quick release NHL players possess.

 "I wasn't used to the speed, the way the guys release the puck. The way they move their bodies when they shoot, it's a lot more elusive."

 He's also had the opportunity to learn from a pretty good tutor in Kiprusoff, who is up for the Vezina Trophy as the league's premier puck-stopper. The soft-spoken Finn likely won't share many words of advice but Krahn said he can learn just by watching.

 "Miikka and Roman are both poised guys. They're very relaxed.

 "(Miikka is) a very technical goaltender and is always in good position. He rarely makes a save look hard because he's in the right spot."

 Kiprusoff has liked what he has seen since Krahn arrived midway through the opening round of the playoffs.

 "He's a big guy," Kiprusoff said. "I've been watching him in practice and he has quick legs. He looks real good and he's working hard."

 Perhaps even more valuable is the one-on-one time he gets with goaltending coach David Marcoux.

 Krahn and Marcoux are often the last two to leave the ice.

 "The opportunity he has here is immense," Marcoux said. "Brent is learning from seeing and he's a very good student. Also, he's practising with NHL players and he's getting that timing back."


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