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No Hudler, no Stajan for Flames tonight vs. Vancouver

Apr 10, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

“Makeshift” is probably the best way to describe Calgary’s forward group right now.

Already without the services of of Jarome Iginla (traded), Blake Comeau (traded), Paul Byron (wrist) and Brian McGrattan (shoulder), the Flames announced on Wednesday that Jiri Hudler (upper body) and Matt Stajan (ditto) would be out of the lineup tonight when they take on the Canucks.

As for what that leaves? A lot to be desired at center, mostly.

NHL’s At the Rink blog reports Calgary’s expected centers tonight will be Mikael Backlund, Roman Horak, Max Reinhart and Blair Jones, the latter recalled from AHL Abbotsford yesterday.

“I’m obviously excited to be back,” Jones said. “I got a chance to go and play a lot in [Abbotsford] but I’m just excited to be back and hopefully finish out the year here.”

Calgary’s currently jockeying for best odds for the No. 1 pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, sporting a 14-20-4 record heading into tonight’s action.

Only Florida (13-20-6) and Colorado (12-22-5) are worse, though the Flames put distance between themselves and the Avs on Monday with a 3-1 win at the Pepsi Center.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    My only issue with all of these players missing is that the young players might show some pride and try to win, lose out improve the odds for the top pick. Stop winnin for MacKinnon.

  2. np2733tornadoes - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    No the Preds need MacKinnon. Keep winning

  3. hosewater2 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Seth Jones will be #1, not MacKinnon.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Calgary has been looking for a true number 1 centre since they made the Nieuwendyk for Iginla trade, if the get the chance to get a player that has that potential they have to take him. No disrespect to Jones but I think a true number 1 centre is the hardest thing to find in hockey, there’s probably only 15 or 16 of them in the league.

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