After being re-called last week and making one appearance, the Calgary Flames have officially sent Dustin Wolf back down to the Calgary Wranglers in the AHL.
Wolf featured in one game in his time with the team, a 4–1 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.
What happens now for Calgary’s goalies
While the score line looks deceptive, it’s really hard to blame the young netminder for any of the four goals he allowed. All were tough chances, and in a game in which he faced 38 shots against, it was the players in front of him who let him down in his second NHL game.
This is very much not the end of the road for Wolf in the NHL. Rather it signals that Jacob Markstrom is most likely healed from whatever ailed him last week. He will likely start the game against Sean Monahan and the Montreal Canadiens today. Dan Vladar will serve likely as the backup.
Wolf will head back down to the AHL to lead the Wranglers, who have looked very good this season. They lead the league with just one regulation loss this season, and Wolf will continue to be the team’s starting netminder until he earns his next call-up to the NHL.
The question remains however as to what the Flames will do with their goaltending going forward. They have three NHL netminders in their stables and will need to move one of them to allow for Wolf to earn his role at the next level. Smart money says Vladar and his clause-free contract will be the one sent somewhere else, but do not rule out the Flames persuading Markstrom to waive his no-movement clause this season.
Time will tell on this, but expect to see Wolf back in the NHL soon.
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Photo by Alex Russo.