The winless Calgary Flames are set to welcome some reinforcements to their lineup this weekend, just in time for the first installment of the year of the Battle of Alberta. Both Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka could make their Flames debut this weekend against the Edmonton Oilers but will not be ready in time for Wednesday night’s game in Vancouver.
Hudler has returned from his homeland of the Czech Republic where he went to mourn the passing of his father, according to TSN.ca. The left winger signed with Calgary this past summer as free-agent after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The Flames inked him to a 4-year, $16MM deal and will rely on the durable forward to play a solid, two-way game.
Last season with the Red Wings, Hudler scored a career high 25 goals and put up 50 points, the second highest point total of his NHL career.
Cervenka could be making his NHL debut on Saturday after finally being cleared to practice after suffering from blood clots in his leg. The free-agent forward who signed a one-year deal with Calgary was in Phoenix where he met with a specialist at the Mayo Clinic regarding the blood clots.
The 27-year old has spent the last ten seasons between the Czech professional league and the KHL where he’s average above a point per game.
The Flames are awaiting his clearance to return to game action and are hoping it comes in time for Saturday’s game against the Oilers. The Flames have dropped two straight to start the season and hope that both Hudler and Cervenka will inject some balanced scoring and depth throughout the lineup.