Craig Conroy, who had five goals in 52 games this season with the Kings, put two in the net in his debut for Calgary…against the Kings, of course. That’s remarkable in itself, but let’s look inside the numbers.
Conroy took 25 shifts, the most of any Flames forward. Yes, that’s correct. He had barely been a member of the team for 24 hours and got the most shifts. Of course, Calgary coach Jim Playfair was an assistant during the last two seasons of Conroy’s first stint in Calgary. Anyway, Conroy played 19 minutes, 21 seconds. He cracked the 19-minute mark with the Kings ONCE this season, in a 7-4 loss to Phoenix on Nov. 30. In his last game with the Kings, Conroy didn’t log one shift on the penalty kill. In his Calgary debut, he logged 4:04, the most of any Flames skater.
And he scored two goals…hmmm, interesting, isn’t it? Was Conroy simply energized by the opportunity to stick it to the Kings? Did he just not fit in Crawford’s system? Or was he not utilized properly this year? Only time will tell.