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Calgary Flames To Carry Ten Defensemen

Calgary Flames To Carry Ten Defensemen
Published On: Wed, Mar 13
Jun 22, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano walks the red carpet during the 2016 NHL Awards at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

There is a logjam on the blue line in Calgary, but the team is content to keep it that way. Sportsneta€™s Eric Francis recently spoke to Flames GMA Brad TrelivingA whoA statedA that the team wona€™t be changing ita€™s current configuration on defense. With theA recent recallA of veteranA Michael StoneA from a conditioning stint in the AHL, Calgary currently has nine defenseman on the NHL roster. Treliving doubled down on his commitment to competition on the back end by adding thatA Juuso Valimaki,A currently logging major minutes in the minors, will soon be recalled as well. At that point, the Flames will have ten defensemen and plan to carry that group through the remainder of the season.

With ten defensemen seeking play time, one would think multiple jobs are up for grabs. In fact, Francis writes that only one spot is really available if the Flames are at full health. The grouping ofA Mark Giordano,A T.J. Brodie,A Travis Hamonic,A andA Noah HanifinA are all cemented in their top-four roles and the team has no complaints with youngA Rasmus AnderssonA on the bottom pair. That leaves five rearguards to battle for the one left-side spot beside Andersson on a nightly basis, while the other four watch from the press box.

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