From the Flames site it says he was projected to replace TJ Galiardi, but his flight was delayed. Truculence.
As mediocre as Galiardi has been, I'd much rather have him in the lineup than Westgarth. But this should make it pretty clear that Galiardi isn't in the teams plans moving forward; maybe the Flames can get a 3rd back at the deadline for him.
On the plus side, at least it means they weren't thinking of taking someone like Byron or Bouma out of the lineup.
“I welcome him like anybody else,” McGrattan said. “He’s a new teammate. He’s going to be a new friend. We’ll make him welcome here. I got his number last night and shot him a quick text and said ‘Welcome to Calgary’. Any new guy, any new teammate, you have to welcome him with open arms and he’ll be a great addition to the team and I’m looking forward to getting him here and having him.
“If you look at Toronto with Orr and McLaren, you don’t see too many things happen or them getting pushed around. It’s going to be hopefully a great 1-2 punch here.”
Oh C'mon Abby, he's clearly a goon. Someone who gets 4 mins a night, mostly spent hitting and trying to fight is a fringe NHLer anyway you look at it.
AN NHLer by definition is a player that plays in the NHL.
He is clearly the upper echelon of the player in his particular role, that is why he is in the NHL. Whether he plays 4 minutes or 20 minutes is irrelevant, he is still in that top tier for that particular role. That is what an NHLer is.
1 fight (which he won). 1 minor (for giving the goalie a shot after the whistle) Pretty much unnoticeable on the 5 on 5. No really good or really bad shifts. He seems to be a bit better of a skater than I thought he would be.