Michael Cammalleri is moving back to the middle.
The natural left winger skated between Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak during Friday’s workout.
Afterwards, Cammalleri said he was willing to line up wherever head coach Bob Hartley pointed.
“Whatever we need,” Cammalleri said. “For me, it’s a matter of whatever coach thinks is the best way to get some wins.
“If he wants me to play D, I’ll play D.”
That likely won’t be necessary.
But a move to centre is a departure from what the Flames had planned during the off-season, which was to keep Cammalleri on the wing.
“It’s been awhile,” he said of playing centre. “I played there a bit last year.
“It definitely doesn’t feel as natural as the wing does, but I’ll work at it.”
Cammalleri’s no slouch in the faceoff cirle. He’s won 49% of his draws, which is a decent number on this team.
But he’ll likely find himself in different areas offensively.
Going to the dirty areas is something Hartley is demanding from all of his players.
“When your record is what our is, we’ve definitely been too easy to play against,” Cammalleri said.
“But it’s probably more than just a toughness thing. There’s a lot of different ways that we need to be harder to play against.
Cammalleri to play centre
Calgary Sun | Feb 23