Roman Horak Sent to Abbotsford

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 28: Roman Horak #51 of the Calgary Flames celebrates a goal with teammates. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

After watching last night's game from the press box and with David Moss returning from injury in short order, the Calgary Flames have sent Roman Horak west to join the AHL affiliate in Abbotsford.

According to Dan Kinvig via twitter, Horak will be wearing #20 for the Heat and will skate on a line tonight with Greg Nemisz and Paul Byron. That should make for a productive second line.

I was quite surprised to begin with that Flames management told Horak to find more permanent housing in Calgary because the fact of the matter is, the Flames have far too many forwards already up with one-way deals and it was a matter of time before he found himself watching from the press box like he did last night.

This is the right move, and the right time. He earned a spot on the team out of camp and deserved the opportunity to prove he belonged, but the fact is, the Flames are much better suited to have a Matt Stajan or a David Moss play that sort of defensive or energy role and let the kid go down to the minors to get more minutes. I'm sure they see him as a strong two-way prospect and his role in Calgary had diminished to the point where he wasn't exactly getting the opportunity to be that kind of player.

Good luck to Roman, he's a key prospect and will be an important part of the organization down the road.

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