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Flames Today: 20.09.13

Friday, 20.09.2013 / 5:03 PM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Flames Today: 20.09.13

BAERTSCHI BACKS GIORDANO'S 'C'

He hasn't been around the National Hockey League for too long, but rookie Sven Baertschi can see why Mark Giordano was named the newest captain of the Calgary Flames.

"He's a guy who stays young," he said. "He's a fun guy to be around. He always has one or two good jokes. As a captain, I think that's one of the abilities that he has. He has a good relationship with the older guys, the guys that have been around, but also the younger guys who are just coming up and are up this year. I think he's not a guy who is in a little group in the team. He's the guy who's in the middle and takes care of everybody."

Whether Giordano knows it or not, he's already given Calgary's first round pick from 2011 some important advice.

"He's a guy who has been around for a long time," Baertschi said. "He wasn't drafted at all. Seeing him going through what he did and end up as the captain of the Calgary Flames, it's amazing. That also just shows it doesn't matter what you do up until you get drafted. It matters what you do after. He never got drafted and he just kept going. The route that he went, it's amazing.

"Seeing him now wearing the 'C', it's special, especially after such a long time with Iggy here. It changes quickly. Having him stepping up and being the new captain, he's a great guy in the dressing room, he's an awesome guy on the ice and he's always a guy you can rely on for anything."

SIELOFF FEELING CAGED

On a good day, Patrick Sieloff is hard to miss on the ice.

He's impossible to miss, now.

Wearing a cage as a protective measure after breaking his cheek, Sieloff would do just as well without the distraction inches in front of his face.

"To me, honestly, if they told me I didn't have to wear anything I would do it just because it's more comfortable and a cage is a cage, it kind of gets annoying after a little bit," Sieloff said. I haven't done it in a couple years. If I could take the cage off, I would do it in a heartbeat."

The injury came after a fight against Darren Kramer of the Ottawa Senators. Sieloff took a blow to the face and initially feared he had lost some teeth. Instead, he was left with the broken cheekbone.

"I think more people made it bigger than they should've been, maybe," he said. "It's a broken cheek but it's something you can play with and I don't mind playing with it at all if it won't keep me out."

CREASE REMAINS CROWDED

Though the team reassigned goaltenders Joni Ortio and Laurent Brossoit to the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday, Calgary's crease still remains crowded.

Joey MacDonald, Reto Berra and Karri Ramo still remain in camp and a decision as to who earns the No. 1 job isn't coming any clearer to Hartley.

"I hope it won't be a photo finish but right now, the three guys have played very well," Hartley said. "It's not an easy decision. Yesterday we talked about it. This morning we talked about it. We still have nothing to report to you guys."

Even figuring out how to split the three goaltenders between two remaining preseason games remains to be seen.

"We're not decided yet," Hartley said. "We'll look at this tomorrow and Monday and we'll come up with a decision. This is a question that I've been asking myself for the last couple of days."

The only thing Hartley has decided on is how many goaltenders he'll keep when the puck drops on the season. There's only room for two on Hartley's roster.

"I hate three goalies," he said. "It's a nightmare."