Thursday, May 02, 2013

Strong Ex-Flame Presence in 2013 NHL Playoffs

It might surprise you to learn that there are only four teams in the 2013 NHL playoffs that do not have a former member of the Calgary Flames on its playoff roster -- Minnesota, Ottawa, NY Islanders and Washington.

If I said that a dozen of the 21 Ex-Flames in the post-season are defencemen, would you be able to name all 12?

By quantity, St. Louis and Chicago have the biggest presence with three each. However, in the case of the Blackhawks, two of the three -- defenceman Steve Montador and goaltender Henrik Karlsson, were late season recalls from Rockford of the AHL and are unlikely to play. (Although could you imagine if the ol' 'Calgary Tower' somehow found himself in a playoff game. That would certainly be a bad sign for Chi-town.)

Here are the 12 teams with Flames representation. I've ranked them in order of the most games played by the former player(s) while with Calgary:

1. Pittsburgh: F Jarome Iginla - 1219 games
2. Los Angeles: D Robyn Regehr - 826 games
3. St. Louis: D Jay Bouwmeester (279), D Jordan Leopold (233), F Scott Nichol (128) - 640 games
4. Anaheim: F Matthew Lombardi (347), D Toni Lydman (289) - 636 games
5. Toronto: D Dion Phaneuf - 378 games
6. Montreal: F Rene Bourque (249), F Brandon Prust (78) - 327 games
7. Boston: D Andrew Ference (224), D Aaron Johnson (22) - 246 games
8. Chicago: D Steve Montador (94), F Jamal Mayers (27), G Henrik Karlsson (26) - 147 games
9. NY Rangers: D Roman Hamrlik - 126 games
10. Detroit: F Todd Bertuzzi (66), D Ian White (43) - 109 games
11. San Jose: D Scott Hannan (78), D Brad Stuart (27) - 105 games
12. Vancouver: F Chris Higgins - 12 games

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