Leland Irving played a strong game for the Flames on Saturday despite suffering a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Canucks.
"Certainly, Leland Irving kept us in the game," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "Without him, it would have been much worse." A quick peek at the stats shows that Irving allowed five goals on 31 shots, but there's no question the score could have been significantly more lopsided had the youngster not been on his game. Although Miikka Kiprusoff was placed on I.R. with his knee injury, the Flames supporting cast makes us weary of Irving as a short-term option for all but desperate fantasy players.