Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Handing Out Camp Invites (Aug 31)

The Calgary Flames added another name to their training camp roster on Tuesday, extending a camp invite to forward Chris Higgins. The 33-year old spent most of the 2016 season with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Utica, but did manage to appear in 33 games for the big club, scoring 3 goals and 4 points in that time. His role diminished rather quickly in Vancouver and it would be a pretty tough grind to make it into the Flames lineup, but it certainly wouldn't be impossible.

Chalk up another chance for Raffi Torres, as the Carolina Hurricanes have given the much maligned forward an invite to their camp.  The 34-year old forward spent his 2016 season in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, failing to play in the NHL at all.  The Hurricanes are definitely moving towards a younger team and they haven't been a team known for their outlandish behaviour, so it also seems unlikely that a guy like Torres will find a job there.  But that's why they have training camp, just to figure those things out.

Another player carrying some baggage to a training camp would be forward Jarret Stoll, who got an invite from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.  Stoll managed to play in 80 games for the Minnesota Wild last season, but was hardly noticeable, scoring 4 goals and 9 points in those games.  Stoll would have an uphill climb into this roster, after they had already signed on Sam Gagner and they'll look to their AHL farm club, which won the championship, to help fill in their roster.

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