Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Flames Ready for Thursday

The 23-man roster has been set in Calgary and Curtis McElhinney won the back-up job behind Miikka Kiprusoff (Ryan). He took the job from the expected number two, Brent Krahn (Box 12). Boy, is there pie on my face!

It's expected that Craig Conroy (John B.) will open the season as the number one centre for the Flames between Jarome Iginla (Aaron) and Alex Tanguay (John B.).

Also, with the arrival of Mark Smith and Warren Peters into the fold this season, you should expect a load more grit coming from the fourth line this season. They are two players who can mix it up with the rest of the league, which will go a long way for momentum and such.

Jarome IginlaCraig ConroyAlex Tanguay
Kristian HuseliusMatthew LombardiOwen Nolan
Marcus NilsonDaymond LangkowDavid Moss
Wayne PrimeauStephane YelleMark Smith
Eric GodardWarren Peters
Dion PhaneufAnders Eriksson
Robyn RegehrAdrian Aucoin
Cory SarichRhett Warrener
David Hale
Miikka Kiprusoff
Curtis McElhinney

The projected salary figure for this Flames line-up sits at $45.7 million. During the season, the franchise will try and re-sign their keeper to an extension before Kiprusoff becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent in the summer.

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