The Calgary Flames organization cannot catch a break this season, first in the NHL, and now the AHL.
After going through most of last season injury-free, the team has seen injuries to Jakob Pelletier, Kevin Rooney, and last night Adam Ruzicka. The news continues to get worse today as the Calgary Wranglers, the Flames AHL affiliate, announced that defenceman Jeremie Poirier will be out indefinitely.
The Calgary Flames and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Announced Wednesday morning, Poirier suffered a skate laceration to his arm against the Abbotsford Canucks on October 21:
He will require surgery and therefore is out of the lineup indefinitely.
No one wants injuries, but for it to happen to Poirier is just devastating. Poirier has been their best player thus far. His start to the season has been stellar as he had seven points through just four games. This put him second in league scoring among defencemen. Additionally, with the Flames’ defensive depth lacking due to the Rasmus Andersson suspension, it was highly plausible that Poirier could have gotten an NHL look at some point. Now, it looks like he will be sitting on the sidelines after already going through some injury woes during NHL training camp.
An already cursed season for Calgary
Lots of jokes are made at the expense of the Flames organization that they are cursed, but at this point, it’s starting to look like this season is going to be more of the same. As noted, the Flames organization suffered very few serious injuries last year which helped mask their lack of depth. This year, it’s a glaring issue with implications across the whole organization.
Here’s wishing a speedy recovery for Poirier.
Photo from @AHLWranglers.