Backlund, Jones, Horak and Stajan will all be fighting for the 3rd & 4th line centre spot..
Horak is a great AHL player for now and could use some time there to develop.. He played 61 games last year for the Flames and played the majority with Tim Jackman and Kostopolous on the 4th line.. Horak is not a 3rd or 4th line player.. He need top min in a AHL team before making this jump.. If Calgary keeps him up in the big leagues it could hurt his development..
Line 1) Alex Tanguay - M. Cammalleri - Jarome Iginla
Line 2) Sven Bärtschi - Roman Cervenka - Jiri Hudler
Line 3) Curtis Glencross - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak
Line 4) Blake Comeau - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman
Line 5) Paul Byron - Roman Horak - Blair Jones
With the signing of Cervenka and Hudler it pushes Backlund, Stajan and Horak back.. Glencross and Stempniak are in spots more suited to help the Flames fill a all around roster.. Losing Jokinen hurt but gaining a PPQB like Wideman and gaining Hudler/Cervenka should help the offense.
Only two more years on the Stajan contract before we can kiss him goodbye..
"dARK wING dUCKS" 2011-2012 CHAMPS
10 Team Points Only Limited Keeper Pool (keep any 12)
Top 12 Forwards, 5 Defense & 2 Goalies Count
Goals = 1, Assist = 1, Shutout = 3, Win = 2,
F: Malkin, Neal, Spezza, Benn, Hossa, Ribero, Purcell, Bergeron, Desarnais, Roy, Elias, Berglund, Briere, Dupruis, Versteeg
D: Karlsson, Letang, Pieterangelo, Kronwall, Pitkanen, Souray, Martin
G: Lundquist, Rinne