Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to add toughness and grit on the wing and at center this summer.
Feaster specifically mentioned targeting Brandon Prust when Prust was a free agent last summer. The hard-luck GM also said he'd like to add toughness down the middle and it sounded like he might be interested in moving up from the No. 6 pick into the top four selections in June's draft. Whatever the case, Feaster made it clear he wants to Flames' "rebuild" to happen quickly, which is usually not a good way to go about rebuilding a team. Time will tell if Feaster's approach is the right one.
Joey MacDonald says he's feeling better after going to the hospital on a stretcher following Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.
MacDonald returned to Calgary on Saturday and there appears to be no lingering effects from the incident. The 33-year-old netminder could be in position to compete for Calgary's starting job next season if Miikka Kiprusoff retires as many expect.
Mikael Backlund has a right foot fracture and won't play for Sweden in the world championships.
Backlund had eight goals and 16 points in 32 games this season, although it's now fair to wonder how long he's been playing with this injury considering he played through the final game of the year. Backlund is scheduled for restricted free agency this summer and this injury certainly won't help his case. Regardless, the former first-round pick is unlikely to have any fantasy value in most formats.
Curtis Glencross thinks that Miikka Kiprusoff will retire.
"He's kind of said that he's pretty much done, I think," Glencross said. "Unless something changes over the summer here or the next couple of weeks, just talking to him, I don't think he'll be back." Other teammates such as Lee Stempniak and Joey MacDonald aren't as sure, but it may be that we have seen the last of Miikka Kiprusoff in the Calgary cage.
T.J. Brodie was thrilled to be invited to join Team Canada for the upcoming World Championships by GM Steve Yzerman.
Brodie grew up a Red Wings fan and a Steve Yzerman fan to boot so the phone call meant a lot to the 21-year-old defenseman. "It's sort of weird watching him growing up and being so close to Detroit and stuff," Brodie said. "To talk to him on the phone is sort of a weird feeling, I guess. Watching your idol and getting to talk to him it's a cool experience." A fourth round pick in the 2008 Draft, Brodie had two goals and 14 points in 47 games while averaging over 20 minutes of action per game. He is worth a selection late in deep pools next season.
Alex Tanguay admitted that he was distracted the last month of the season after teammates Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester were dealt away.
Tanguay missed the last two weeks of the season with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee. "I was playing pretty good the first 20 to 25 games of the year, and then when the distraction came about, I think mentally I got a little bit affected by it," Tanguay said. "And that's on me. You have to be a professional. You have to play your best every night. But I've got some good years of hockey ahead of me, and I'm hoping that I can be a key contributor in this organization." Tanguay has three years left on his contract at $3.5 million per season and could be a candidate to be bought out by the Flames. Stay tuned.
Michael Cammalleri underwent some dental work on Sunday.
Cammalleri was injured during the lockout when Steve Stamkos took a shot that knocked out his front teeth. Cammalleri has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.968 million while receiving $7 million so he could be dealt or bought out in the off-season, if the Flames are looking to pare salary.