Familiarity isn’t the only justification for the Calgary Flames picking up Dave Schlemko: it looks like they did so in part because they also placed Mark Giordano on injured reserve Sunday.
Giordano, 31, managed to warm up before a Feb. 27 contest against the New York Islanders but ultimately opted against playing. The would-be Norris Trophy candidate was injured late in a Feb. 25 game against the New Jersey Devils, so one would expect this IR move to be retroactive to that date.
If it’s indeed retroactive to Feb. 25 and Giordano’s issue isn’t long-term, the Flames could see their captain back in action relatively soon:
Obviously, losing such a key component would be a huge blow to a Flames team that is unexpectedly fighting for a playoff spot.
On the bright side, at least this injury cropped up before the trade deadline. If Calgary wants to bolster its blueline for a postseason push, they have that option.
An IR stint doesn’t necessarily mean that Giordano will miss a ton of time, yet it’s obviously not a great sign, either. We’ll see if this presses Calgary into a deadline deal or if they stay put and hope that this scrappy bunch will keep finding ways to win.
With the 2015 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that NHL teams are using waivers to open up space (and occasionally grab low-risk players). Let’s take a quick look at recent announcements in that regard.
Claimed: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon (pictured) off of waivers. The Calgary Flames grabbed Dave Schlemko.
A little more on Erixon:
Here’s some added perspective on why the Flames made their move:
Cleared: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti and Brandon McMillan of the Vancouver Canucks all cleared waivers.
Waived: Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque headlines the latest batch of players who’ve been waived. Also on the list: Craig Cunningham (Boston Bruins), Keith Aulie (Edmonton Oilers), Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche) and Tye McGinn (San Jose Sharks).
HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lays out a few roster details after the trade deadline:
The Phoenix Coyotes are expected to get Rostislav Klesla back in action on Tuesday after he was activated from the IR, according to Dave Vest of the team’s Web site.
The 31-year-old blueliner’s had an injury-ravaged start to this season. He suffered a concussion in the preseason and is recovering from a lower-body issue that sidelined him since Oct. 24. Klesla has only been able to play in seven games so far.
Vest notes that Jeff Halpern (upper body) and Dave Schlemko (lower body) won’t be able to play against the Vancouver Canucks tonight, however.