Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Islanders (Calgary)

Tuesday, 17.09.2013 / 2:55 PM
Aaron Vickers  - (@aavickers)


After playing 31 minutes in Calgary's opening exhibition tilt against the Edmonton Oilers, goaltender Joey MacDonald is excited to be back between the pipes for what should be a 60-minute workload.

"Tonight, it's a full game and I'm just itching to get back in there again," he said.

"It's great now. I got eased into it last game and now it's just kind of go. I feel great. The more playing time I get the more comfortable I'm going to get too."

Against an Oilers split-squad, MacDonald stopped 10 of 11 shots. He's hoping for a busier workload Tuesday night.

"Those games you want to get thrown right in there and get a lot of rubber right off the bat," the 33-year-old said. "You don't want to be sitting around waiting."


With MacDonald expected to go the distance tonight, backup Laurent Brossoit can only watch from the bench.

The 20-year-old first-year pro hasn't seen a second of preseason action and with MacDonald, Reto Berra, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio all duking it out to be the team's No. 1, Brossoit has been left to watch from the sidelines.

"It can be frustrating not getting much ice time but it's a part of the game," the former Edmonton Oil King said. "You go into camps like this prepared for that. I'm just going to keep focusing on what I can focus on and what I can control and that's my performance on the ice."

And though he wishes MacDonald well in his bid, Brossoit can't help but have a glimmer of hope he sees some ice.

"I hope I can and if I don't, I'm not going to dwell on it too much," he said. "There's no point moping about it. It's not going to change a thing so I'm just going to stay positive."


To say pivot TJ Galiardi is excited to be a member of the Calgary Flames is an understatement.

The former member of the city's Royals (AJHL) and Hitmen (WHL), the Calgary product will make his debut in a Flames jersey at the Scotiabank Saddledome Tuesday night against the Islanders.

"It felt nice to be on the left side of the bench again," Galiardi said. "I haven't been there since I played on the Hitmen. It's kind of cool. I've always loved playing here, even when we were on the road. Now that I'm part of the team, it's nice and fun."

The 25-year-old will have plenty of support in the seats for the game, but expects to shell out for more tickets once the regular season rolls around.

"I don't think it'll be as many as the regular season but tonight, probably 10-15 people."

Galardi won't be the only local boy in the lineup. Kris Russell and prospect Coda Gordon will also make their home ice debut.


Matt Stajan dropped the gloves nearly 600 kilometres from Scotiabank Saddledome, but the message was heard loud and clear in Calgary. A second period tussle with Ottawa Senators rookie Michael Sdao in Monday night's game has set the directive for the Flames.

"That's a great example of him stepping up last night and showing his courage," rough-and-tumble Tim Jackman said. "Teams that play together like that are a lot tougher than individuals. If that's the kind of team we're going to be, it's going to be exciting to watch. It's going to help us along the way."

That's the mandate -- be tougher to play against.

"You can see (it in) a couple of the guys we brought in," Galiardi said. "Guys are playing a lot harder. Even as a team playing against the Flames last year, you knew it wasn't going to be too, too hard and I think we want to change that atmosphere around here."

From rookies to veterans, that message couldn't have been more pronounced with Stajan dropping the mitts.

"Matt's maybe had one or two fights in his career, I don't know," Curtis Glencross started. "It's good to see from Staj. It's part of setting an example for the young guys too. There's a lot of veterans out there willing to pay the price and compete every night. We want them to jump on board with us."

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