Roman Cervenka C CGY 12 Months
Roman Cervenka had his first two goal game in the Flames 3-2 win over St. Louis Sunday.
Cervenka has had trouble in his first NHL season and was a healthy scratch on Thursday night for the third time in five games before drawing back in the lineup. He certainly got out of Bob Hartley's doghouse Sunday with the pair of goals as he led the Flames offensively Sunday. He scored his first power play marker of his career and now has five goals and 10 points in 23 games but his minus-nine rating is still giving fantasy owners a reason not to put him in their lineup.
Roman Cervenka C CGY 12 Months
Roman Cervenka is not in Calgary coach Bob Hartley's good books at the moment.
He didn't dress against Detroit Wednesday night and seems to have been completely marginalized after being touted as a big addition to the squad in the off season. Hartley had this to say about Cervenka's play, "Plain and simple, we were not happy about his performance in the last game and in the last while. It's not about who we play against. It's how you play." . It may be time to cut Cervenka as it does not appear his season can be saved.
Roman Cervenka C CGY Feb 23 '13
Roman Cervenka might end up being a healthy scratch on Saturday.
Cervenka has two goals and six points in 12 games, but he's struggled recently. "Roman, let's remember, was shut down for a full two months and we started full speed," said Flames coach Bob Hartley said, referring to Cervenka recovery from a blood clot. "And now, I think to a certain point, it's catching up to him. We sat with him. But again, to sit with Roman right now while he's taking English lessons, it's not real easy to get what's inside of him. But, we have a good feel for this. He's another player, while he's learning the league, we have to work in getting him better." Cervenka might still play if Sven Baertschi (hip) isn't able to return.
Roman Cervenka C CGY Feb 15 '13
Roman Cervenka has held his own in the NHL with two goals and five points in eight games.
Cervenka is making the jump straight from European hockey to the NHL at the age of 27. "I feel every game (Cervenka's) getting better and better," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Look at the scoring chances he's getting, you can see offensively he's very gifted and he reads the game very well." He should be able to manage his current pace.
Roman Cervenka C CGY Jan 31 '13
Roman Cervenka is expected to play Thursday despite missing the team's morning skate.
Sportsnet's Roger Millions commented that his absence may have been related to a hit he took from teammate Blake Comeau during Tuesday's practice and not about conditioning. Cervenka made his Calgary debut last Saturday against Edmonton, where he posted two shots and logged 17:44 of ice time.
Roman Cervenka C CGY Jan 30 '13
Roman Cervenka has been showing some chemistry on a line with Jiri Hudler and Matthew Stajan.
Cervenka and Hudler seem like a natural fit for now because Cervenka is still working on his English and both were born in the former Czechoslovakia. For now Hudler has been serving as Cervenka's unofficial translator. "Right now, it's still very very early," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "We've only played one game. Roman and Jiri, number one, they can communicate very well. I'm sure they spend most of their time away from the rink together. So, it's an easy chemistry right now. But, hey, we'll see how it goes. The first game was pretty impressive, so there's no reason to change."
Roman Cervenka C CGY Jan 29 '13
Roman Cervenka impressed his teammates in his NHL debut Saturday.
Cervenka is 27 and has played his entire career in Europe where he was a star. "He's got a great first two steps," linemate Mattthew Stajan said of Cervenka. "He reads the play really well. Look at (Lee Stempniak's) goal. The play he made for that to happen - I don't know if a lot of guys saw it, but he lifted their defenseman's stick. If he doesn't do that, Jay Bouwmeester never gets the puck . . . and who knows? That's just great hockey sense that a lot of people might not see." If Cervenka is available in your pool, he will make a nice pickup at this time.