The Calgary Flames appear to be putting all their offensive eggs in one basket if Day 1 of training camp is any indication.
Captain Jarome Iginla skated on a line with summer acquisitions Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay on Saturday as the Flames look to bolster what was an anemic attack last season.
Head coach Brent Sutter admitted that nothing was written in stone, however the plan is to keep the lines intact throughout training camp so that they will be set once the regular season gets underway.
There was plenty of communication on ice between the trio as they attempt to build some chemistry heading forward.
Centre Mikael Backlund, who appears to have the inside track on centering the second line, had to leave the ice after taking a stick to the face near the end of practice. Coach Sutter did not believe that the injury was serious and figured that his second year pivot would be fine.
Also missing in action was winger Nicklas Hagman who is battling the flu. He remains day-to-day, however the team has told him to stay away as long as he is ill.
With Daymond Langkow's injury status uncertain, David Moss has been moved to the middle and he centered the Flames second line featuring Ales Kotalik and Curtis Glencross on his wings. Moss played centre in college and the minors and he would add much needed size down the middle for Calgary.
The team is practicing in two groups. Group A is full of veterans and players that are expected to break camp with the team. Group B is mostly players who will likely play this season with the Flames' AHL affiliate Abbotsford.
Sutter added that he plans to play most, if not all, of his veterans in the team's first pre-season game. The Flames kick off their pre-season on September 21st with a pair of split-squad games against the Vancouver Canucks.