With another day off, the only piece of news surrounding the Calgary Flames this morning was Andrew Mangiapane being sent down and Marek Hrivik recalled.
Well, we know Johnny Gaudreau’s excited this morning. After his team, the Philadelphia Eagles, won the SuperBowl last night, let’s hope he gets a hat trick tomorrow night in celebration. But other not-so-fun news for another member of the Calgary Flames is Andrew Mangiapane being sent back down to Stockton.
Marek Hrivik has also been recalled from Stockton in replacement of Mangiapane. In Saturday’s game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, Mangiapane played just 7:28. In nine games with the Flames this season, he has no points. But that isn’t necessarily on him. He’s been on the fourth line with limited minutes each night and isn’t exactly playing with the best play-making linemates.
Lots of people wanted to see him on a line with Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski, but we never got that lucky. Hrivik, on the other hand, has played in just three games this season with the Flames but he also has no points. He has more NHL experience than Mangiapane and has played in 21 other games in the last two seasons with the New York Rangers. He has three assists in 24 games and has yet to get a goal.
This is definitely not the end for Mangiapane, but for right now, he’ll benefit more in Stockton with more playing time.
Flames Tweet of the day
Hockey Tweet of the day
Some links surrounding the Flames
Flames blue-liner Kulak focused on defence first… but he’d sure like a goal (Calgary Sun).
Flames proving sometimes numbers and trends do lie (Sportsnet).
calgary Flames recall Hrivik (Calgary Flames).
Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL
The disappointments: 31 NHL players who should be better than this (The Hockey News).
Colorado Avalanche: Henrik Zetterberg Says What we All Think of NHL Refs (Mile High Sticking).
What is a first-round pick worth at the NHL trade deadline? (Sportsnet).
That’s all in today’s Flames Daily!