September 08, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-09-08

The Calgary Flames were in the news quite a bit last week for a number of different reasons. The most prominent being the hiring of the walking sound bite himself, Brian Burke. The Flames named Burke their new President of Hockey Operations in what should make for an interesting season with Calgary in rebuild mode.

 

What does this move say about Jay Feaster and his future with the organization? Burke has always been one to have his hands on the roster and something tells me it won't be long before he follows suit in Calgary. The two are reportedly friends and have a relationship that goes back a while, but unless Feaster can make some magic happen with moves this season, his days could be numbered in Calgary.

 

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The other news from Calgary this week was the absence of a couple of their prospects at training camp. Ryan Howse was suspended for not reporting to camp and Morgan Klimchuk is out with an abdominal injury. Klimchuk's injury is minor, but it will force him to miss the team's prospect camp and ultimately hurt his slim chances of cracking the roster.

 

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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros still hasn't been medically cleared to play after getting his shoulder surgically repaired. Meszaros is a solid player, but the Flyers are unlikely to panic with a deep blueline at the moment that also boasts Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossman, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, and Erik Gustafsson. If Meszaros isn't ready to start the season the person who could benefit most is Gustafsson. Thanks to injuries last year the Swede got more than 22 minutes of ice in each of his final eight games.

 

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Another young defenseman hoping to make an impact this season is Carolina's Ryan Murphy. Much like Gustafsson, Murphy could benefit from injuries on the Hurricanes blueline and make the team. Joni Pitkanen might miss the start of the campaign with a broken heel and that would open the door for a youngster to step up. Murphy has posted 220 points and a plus-47 rating in 228 career games with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers.