A few small notes from the Flames practice this morning. The practice itself was high energy. Stajan's was skating less stressed. Bryon got sent down to Abbotsford. Stajan and Horak are still with the team. Horak was flying, as always.
Tanguay was skating this morning, and looked relieved just to get the season started. In fact, that seemed to be the overwhelming feeling. Brendon Morrison was taking regular shifts in the yellow jersey (no contact,) looking very good.
The players who were quite loose, but it was all business with the coaches. The coaches were putting the players through their paces, still working mostly defensive zone coverage. They were doing three-on-two rushes from end-to-end. Kipper is really looking very good and was in high spirits. The combination of Olli, Glencross, and Moss was flying. The line has lots of chemistry.
Stajan looked like he had a lot of weight lifted off of him, and quite frankly, skated like it. Hagmen look like a spark plug who cannot wait to get the season started.
Derek Smith and Jardon Henry were both still with the team this morning, making the defense a log jam. At the end of the practice, Tim Jackmen was helping the young Mr. Desbeins with how to position himself better for a fight. I guess posture is sometimes more important than the fight itself.
Kipper was really pumped. He look rejuvenated, refreshed, and looks like he is happy knowing he is getting a lighter load. Karlsson looks happy to get more action as this season starts.
As always, let me know if any of your guys have any questions.