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Flames’ rookie Baertschi could play Saturday; Calgary seeks ‘overall toughness’

Feb 23, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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It’s been almost a full month since Calgary Flames forward Sven Baertschi has played in a National Hockey League game.

That might change Saturday, when the Flames host their Northwest Division foes, the Minnesota Wild.

The 20-year-old Baertschi has been held out of the lineup since Jan. 26 with a hip flexor injury. Sitting out hasn’t been an enjoyable experience.

“It’s been a long time,” Baertschi told the Calgary Sun.

“I never like to be injured, you just wait the whole time and spend a lot of time in the weight room when you want to be on the ice. Now, it’s good to be back in a normal practice.”

If Baertschi does play, it might not be the only change to the Flames lineup.

Calgary on Thursday recalled Akim Aliu from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

That move appears to be a message that a little more toughness is needed in Calgary’s game.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley wasn’t pleased with his team’s lack of response when L.A. Kings forward Trevor Lewis ran goalie Joey MacDonald in Wednesday’s loss.

“There’s a myriad of things I guess you could consider toughness on the ice,” Hartley told the Calgary Herald.

“For us, we need to be a group that stands up for one another and also, I guess have, have an aggressive tone to our game.

“I guess that will give you overall toughness.”


  1. murtdurt - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Baertschi could be solid. Not like anything Edmonton has going on with talent but he could be a solid offensive asset moving forward. If Murray Edwards grows a set and sees this season (and team) for what it truly is and finally ships iggy out and gets a late first for him plus goes for a top 3 pick overall they could have some solid pieces moving forward… and they wouldn’t have to fear what Edmonton is doing to the north. Just sayin

    • lordfletcher - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Is anyone really fearing EDM at this point? Yeah they have had 3, 1st overall picks and Eberle and Schultz but after that, there are a lot of question marks. I think people assume they would become the next Chicago or Pitts but personally, EDM draft picks haven’t panned out to be gold. Hall wasn’t the best player in his draft class, RNH has great potential but isn’t hitting the broad side of a barn right now and who knows what will happen and Yakupov hasn’t impressed me yet. Jury is still out (obviously) and EDM has time to develop but I don’t see them being any better than a team that competes to make the playoffs each year. EDM is too small – brittle for my liking.

  2. nananatman - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I hate it when my coach guesses at what the problem is. The problem is I love a team that fully stinks.

  3. 19to77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Jesus, Hartley, try a little harder to make it sound like you have no idea what you’re doing. “I guess” this and “I guess” that, you may as well come out and say “My God, this team is hopeless.”

  4. thehighcountrybear - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    We keep hearing about all the young talent and skill in Edmonton…? Three years and counting, and I’m not seeing it. Enthusiasm, fresh faces, a Mick Jagger look-a-like, but nothing in the way of anything but the same old same old. Gotta quit dining on CBC, Sportsnet and TSN hype and local interest over-kill! The Canadian sports propaganda machine in full swing…

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