It was an optional skate down at the Aud this afternoon.
Smiling faces, loose demeanour = a team on a hot streak.
Rookie Justin Bailey was getting some tips on how to hold a guy in a fight from Nick Czinder after the drills were done. His pal, and ex-NHL, Matthew Barnaby is guest coaching tomorrow's skate.
Flames blueliner Dennis Wideman was back out on the ice with the lads. The NHLer was shaking his head after practice when the kids were blaring the music.
Andrew Crescenzi had found a home with the Toronto Marlies for now and is with the club on its western road swing. His name keeps popping up with the OA opening in Kitchener.
Fans expecting Jeff Skinner to come back for an OA victory lap can stop dreaming. Besides being a major step back for his development, he's not on the team's OA protected list, which by the way, has to be whittled down to four by Nov. 15th.