Flames notes: Baertschi has a prime locker-room seat

 

Young forward’s stall is right next to Jarome Iginla

 
 
 
 
Sven Baertschi could be right near the centre of the action in the Flames locker-room if the seating assignments stay the same. He sits next to Jarome Iginla.
 

Sven Baertschi could be right near the centre of the action in the Flames locker-room if the seating assignments stay the same. He sits next to Jarome Iginla.

Photograph by: Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald

His stallmate has been absent, but Sven Baertschi can easily imagine how busy his side of the locker-room is going to get.

For the moment, No. 47 has been parked right beside No. 12 — real estate that is the go-to for cameras and media types as Jarome Iginla frequently draws a crowd. Squished on Baertschi’s left-hand side is fellow youngster T.J. Brodie.

But, should the seating plan stay the same and both players stick around for the salvaged season, it’s a valuable position despite the heavy traffic in the captain’s corner.

“We will see how it goes,” Baertschi said. “Hopefully I’m going to be here, but it’s actually pretty good. I can just sit here and maybe learn from the things he says and never say anything wrong in the interviews.”

Iginla, dealing with a groin issue, has made only one media appearance at camp. Both days — Sunday and Monday — he’s been an observer in the owners’ suite at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

And Baertschi said his absence has been obvious.

“He’s a guy you can tell if he’s not practising,” said the 20-year-old winger. “You can tell, there’s something different about the team. Sometimes, you can’t tell ... it’s like, ‘Oh where was this guy?’ after practice. But with him, you can totally tell, right away at the start of practice.

“He’s the face of the franchise and it’s exciting when you sit beside him.”

ODDS ARE OUT

Feeling lucky? Bodog.ca has declared over-under totals for point production over the 48-game season.

Starting with the Flames — Jarome Iginla, 40.5; Alex Tanguay, 32.5; Michael Cammalleri, 31.5; Jiri Hudler, 27.5; Curtis Glencross, 23.5; Dennis Wideman, 23.5.

Other players of note — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, 59.5; Tampa’s Steven Stamkos, 55.5; Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, 52.5; Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin, 50.5; Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin, 47.5; Toronto’s Phil Kessel, 46.5; Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, 44.5; Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, 40.5; Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, 39.5; Edmonton’s Taylor Hall, 36.5; Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, 35.5; Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, 32.5; Vancouver’s Alex Burrows, 31.5; Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, 24.5; Montreal’s P.K. Subban, 23.5; Montreal’s Brian Gionta, 21.5.

LINES OF THE TIMES

For what it’s worth, here are the line combinations from Monday’s scrimmage — a meaningless 2-1 win for the Red squad — which included three University of Calgary players Walker Wintoneak, Taylor Stefishen, and Brock Nixon.

“As you all know, lines are not made out of cement,” said coach Bob Hartley, chuckling. “They’re only written with pencil and paper. They can get changed very quickly.”

Goals came from Curtis Glencross (on a penalty shot) and Matt Stajan (a chip-shot off his rear-end). Meanwhile, Mikael Backlund had Team Black’s only marker.

TEAM RED

Forwards:

Glencross-Tanguay-Comeau

Begin-Stajan-Stempniak

Winchester-Street-Wintoneak

Defence:

Giordano-Bouwmeester

Smith-Sarich

Breen

Goalies:

Kiprusoff

TEAM BLACK

Forwards:

Baertschi-Backlund-Cammalleri

Horak-Jones-Jackman

Nixon-Byron-Stefishen

Defence:

Butler-Wideman

Brodie-Carson

McCarthy

Goalies:

Karlsson

Irving

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Sven Baertschi could be right near the centre of the action in the Flames locker-room if the seating assignments stay the same. He sits next to Jarome Iginla.
 

Sven Baertschi could be right near the centre of the action in the Flames locker-room if the seating assignments stay the same. He sits next to Jarome Iginla.

Photograph by: Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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