Hudler insists he’s no babysitter to young Flames

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At 31, it probably feels weird for Jiri Hudler to be considered a mentor, but that’s been part of his role with the Calgary Flames lately.

Last season, he was the veteran presence on a fantastic line with fresh-faced forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. So far, Hudler’s been skating with another young gun in Sam Bennett.

It sounds like he’s not crazy about being the “old guy,” as he discussed with the Calgary Sun.

“I don’t feel like their babysitter,” Hudler said. “I’m their friend. I’m trying to play my best game. And for them, I want the best they can do.”

The winger also has himself to focus upon.

His $4 million cap hit expires after the 2015-16 season, and with the likes of Monahan and Gaudreau headed for RFA status, he might not necessarily be in it to see the “kids” grow up.

Then again, being a guy who can take young stars under his wing could also be another bullet for his resume.