Notes & Quotes: Green Garbage Bag Day
As per usual, questions regarding Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla's future with the franchise were a staple during every scrum on green garbage day.
No player seemed to escape without a "Can you imagine a Calgary Flames future without Iginla?" question being thrown at them but Mike Cammalleri - who has been pegged by many as an ideal leader for any team - absolutely bristled at the mere suggestion.
"I'm a huge Jarome Iginla fan," he stated. "He's one of my closest friends.
"And in spite of that, I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he brings as a teammate, a leader and a hockey player."
Cammalleri hopes to have play a key leadership role next season but he feels the organization's best chance at success is with Iginla leading the team.
"I want to make it clear that he shouldn’t be made out to be a buyer or anything of those means,” he said. “He’s been a great leader for this team.
"I don’t want to even go there ... I’d like to win, and I think our best chance of winning is with him here."
Winger Alex Tanguay disclosed that his ability to shoot had been hampered in the late stages of the season by a wrist injury he sustained on Mar. 22 in Minnesota.
The forward did not shoot in the shootout that night, prompting more than a few fans to question this decision. After the game, associate coach Craig Hartsburg made it known that the winger had informed the coaching staff he wouldn't be able to take a shoot and needed to be held out.
The injury continued to plague Tanguay and limited his ability to lift the puck and didn't allow him to put a ton of force behind his shoots.
A key example of this came in the Mar. 28th game against the Los Angeles King. Tanguay had a great scoring opportunity but couldn't lift the puck over Jonathan Quick's glove. At that point in the game, the Kings had a 1-0 lead and notching the equalizer could have shifted the momentum in the Flames favour.
Instead, the Kings skated their way to a 3-0 victory that night.
Green garbage bag day is never easy for players, coaches and management for many different reasons. For defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, one of the toughest aspects is knowing that the locker room will see turnover during the offseason and the group of guys he has grown close with won't be there next year.
"If you're not the team that wins the Stanley Cup at the end of the year, the last day when you come and clean out all your lockers and get stuff isn't a lot of fun.
"The reality is that you're not going to have everyone together. There's changes every year. Guys move on and things happen. From that side, the personal standpoint, the relationships and friendships you make, some guys you might not get to play with anymore."