Stempniak in, Moss to the middle

- March 18th, 2012

The post-Sven Baertschi 2012 era begins Sunday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Lee Stempniak back in the lineup for the first time since suffering an ankle injury Feb. 3.

Baertschi, if you recall, was sent back to junior, and the book closes on his five-game emergency recall stint with three goals.

The twist to it all is what Stempniak’s return does to the forward lines.

Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Matt Stajan remain together, but David Moss has been put at centre with Stempniak and Blake Comeau, while Tom Kostopoulos moved to right wing with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross.

The fourth line is Roman Horak with Greg Nemisz and Guillaume Desbiens.

It would seem the Flames could receive another infusion of players soon, too.

Forwards, Tim Jackman and Lance Bouma took part in the morning skate, therefore are nearing a return.

Defenceman Chris Butler didn’t skate — he seems to be going some days but not others — while there was no sign of Michael Cammalleri, Mikael Backlund, Blair Jones and T.J. Brodie.

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