Brodie is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.
This is a tough break for Brodie and the Flames to start the season. If he misses just three weeks, he would only miss the first week of the season, but there is a chance he could be sidelined until the first week of November. With Brodie out, the Flames will have to find someone to fill in—Tyler Wotherspoon and Jakub Nakladal are likely the front runners.
Flames officially announce a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension with T.J Brodie.
Brodie has come into his own in the last two years playing alongside Mark Giordano. The 24-year-old is an excellent skater with a great first pass and hard shot. On Sunday he scored his third goal of the season, which gives him seven points on the year and a six-game point streak. He was featured in our 'Fantasy Minute' and should be added if he is available in your league.
But after an impressive rookie season, Brodie never quite found his place at Flames camp, especially in Penticton for the second annual Canucks Young Stars Tournament. As a result, he was dispatched back to Abbotsford, back to the minor leagues.
Brodie failed to make the team but remains one of the team's top prospects. Last season he scored five goals and 34 points through 68 games with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL -- finishing second on the team. Look for him to eventually make the team.
According to the Flames official site, 12 more players are headed to Abbotsford: Carter Bancks (LW), Chris Breen (D), T.J. Brodie (D), Leland Irving (G), Stefan Meyer (C), Brendan Mikkelson (D), Greg Nemisz (RW), Joni Ortio (G), Gaelan Patterson (C), Joe Piskula (D)
Ben Walter (C), Clay Wilson (D)
No immediate fantasy hockey value while playing in the AHL.