Jan 19, 2009; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) is congratulated by center Krys Kolanos (39) after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Calgary Flames Recall Abbotsford Heat All-Star Krys Kolanos

Well that was not the outcome I had hoped for the Calgary Flames‘ game against the Detroit Red Wings.  However, with this loss does come a bright spot for a member of Abbotsford Heat.  Wednesday afternoon, Krys Kolanos was recalled from the Abbotsford Heat to step up as a center for the Flames.

As backup goalie, Leland Irving, was sent back down to the Heat, Kolanos gets another chance at the NHL.  Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2000 and spent 4 seasons there between 2001 and 2006, a short six game stint in Edmonton in 2005-2006, followed by 4 season in the AHL and NLA, before he wound up with the Minnesota Wild for the latter half of the 2008-2009 season.  Kolanos found himself in with the Adirondack Phantoms and the Abbotsford Heat for the past two seasons.

In his time with the Abbotsford Heat Kolanos recorded 18 goals, 22 assists, netting 40 points in 34 games.  Yeah, that’s right 40 points in 34 games, that’s exactly what the Flames need.  Currently the two point leaders (Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen) have 39 points in 51 games.  I know that the AHL level is a step down from the NHL, but the man can’t hurt the Flames.  He can only help really at this time.  Go take a list at the centers, outside of Jokinen, there’s no consistent center.  Kolanos will be a nice addition to the mix.

With no game until Friday, Kolanos will have plenty of time to practice with the team and work with the different lines.

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