Flames notes: Cammalleri will be sporting a gap-toothed smile for awhile
Dental nightmare won’t likely be fixed until after the season
It will likely take that long for the Calgary Flames centre to have a cosmetic replacement for the Chiclets knocked out last week by a Steven Stamkos shot at a training session in Toronto.
“You’re stuck with me,” Cammalleri said Thursday, speaking with a slight lisp. “You’ll see me smiling lots this season when we win.”
His 17-month-old daughter, Chloe, is thankfully not terrified by her gap-toothed father “She’s all right with it,” Cammalleri laughed. “She just keeps saying, ‘Daddy hurt, Daddy hurt.’ ”
Thankfully for the Flames, Cammalleri is not expected to miss a shift due to what has turned into a dental nightmare. The 30-year-old left Wednesday’s informal skate early to go get his gums sealed.
Suffice to say, his chances of securing a spot in toothpaste commercial are about nil, but he looks every bit the hockey player if he wants to make another cameo appearance on the CBC show Mr. D.
SCHEDULE WAIT IS KILLING US
Curtis Glencross understands the agony of fans waiting, and waiting, for the release of the abbreviated NHL schedule.
For the players, too, are in a holding pattern until the much-anticipated document hits public circulation, likely on Saturday.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what they came up with,” says the Flames left-winger. “I can’t wait to get going.
“It’s going to be different. It’s one of them things where I don’t think there’s going to be much planning outside the rink for the next three month, I imagine we’ll be playing every second day, and it’s going to be busy. So we’re excited about getting back on the ice.”
Under one scenario, the Flames are rumoured to open the season Saturday in Edmonton followed by a Sunday night home date with the San Jose Sharks.
Regardless of the specifics, the players are readying themselves for precious little in the way of time off over the next three months — not that they’re complaining after the never-ending lockout.
“With that many games, that close, everyone is going to have some bumps and bruises and a few tweaks and stuff like that,” Glencross said. “It’s just one of those things where we have to take care of our bodies the best we can.
“We’ve all been skating for months now. Hopefully, we can all stick it out and hopefully have as little injuries as we can.”
COMEAU GIVES UP NO. 10 TO CERVENKA
There will be a new No. 10 in Calgary this year.
Blake Comeau, who wore the sweater last year, gladly gave up his number for newcomer Roman Cervenka in exchange for No. 17 which he donned as a member of the New York Islanders for most of his NHL career.
“I had No. 10 given to me last year halfway through the year,” Comeau said. “Not too much of a connection with it. It was important to him, so I gave it to him.”
Both players met Thursday for the first time at the informal skate at WinSport, one of the final ones before the Calgary Flames hit the ice for real.
“Very excited,” said the right winger who was traded to the Flames early last season after 16 games with the Islanders. “I was getting tired of playing three-on-three and stuff like that.
“There were times when I thought we were going to go and then (NHLPA/NHL) talks would break down. To hear we finally got something done that’s official was great.”
Comeau was in Kelowna skating with Brent Seabrook, Luke Schenn, Wade Redden, Keaton Ellerby, Jordin Tootoo, and the Kelowna Rockets when he heard the news that the NHL and NHLPA had struck a deal.
The 26-year-old right winger immediately embarked on a winter-delayed drive to Calgary that took him nine hours.
“Once I got the news, I was scrambling as fast as I could to get on the ice with the guys,” said Comeau who signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million in the off-season. “I drove so I had to get everything organized and then there was a big winter storm so I had to time it so the roads were good.”
WIDEMAN’S GOT THE LOOK
Earlier this week, Dennis Wideman was named one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s hottest NHLers of 2013.
And, not shockingly, the Calgary Flames defenceman hadn’t heard the earth-shattering news.
“For some reason, I don’t read Cosmo,” Wideman deadpanned on Thursday.
Along with Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, Edmonton Oilers star Jordan Eberle, and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, Wideman was one of 30 on the list.
Which was comical to the 29-year-old who was picked up from the Washington Capitals in the off-season.
“I think that’s pretty funny,” he said. “I don’t know who is picking that, but, I guess, thank-you. I was never in places where we did stuff like that. I’ve never been voted for anything like that before.
“If they’re talking about us, that’s good. Anytime we can get in the newspaper or a magazine or anything like that, that’s good for the league.”
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