The Calgary Flames Thursday made moves involving three former Salt Lake Golden Eagles; meanwhile, Peter Lappin, the Eagles' Most Valuable Player in their 1987-88 Turner Cup championship drive was back in the Salt Palace, having been reassigned to the Eagles on Wednesday.
Thursday the Flames loaned title-team members Rick Barkovich, a center, and Darwin McCutcheon, a defenseman, to the Indianapolis Ice of the International Hockey League, completing an agreement to help the independent team, which is also picking up players from Hartford, Philadelphia, New Jersey and the New York Islanders.Barkovich was the Eagles' fourth-leading scorer with 57 points in 78 regular-season Eagle games and had 20 points during the playoffs. McCutcheon played 64 regular-season games (2-8-10, 150 PIM) and had 94 penalty minutes in 13 playoff appearances.
In another Thursday move, the Flames loaned center Jeff Wenaas, the third-leading Eagle scorer during the last regular season (23-39-62) to Team Canada.
Lappin, who scored six points in the Turner Cup championship game against Flint May 22, reported to the Eagles' Salt Palace office at midday Thursday and will join 14 other players in the club's first Utah practice of the season Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at Bountiful.
The Eagles open the season Oct. 7 at Milwaukee and have their first home game Tuesday, Oct. 11, against Kalamazoo.
Currently on the Eagle roster are Lappin, goaltender Wayne Cowley, defensemen Michael Dark, Rick Lessard, Ken Sabourin and Steve Smith; and forwards Bob Bodak, Randy Bucyk, Marc Bureau, Doug Clarke, Mark Holmes, Jim Johannson, Terry Perkins, Doug Pickell and Martin Simard.
Lappin, Sabourin, Bodak, Bucyk, Bureau, Clarke, Johannson and Simard are off the title team. Cowley, Lessard, Holmes and Pickell are rookies, Dark was obtained in a trade with St. Louis, and Smith and Perkins played last season in the American League.
Still on the bubble with the Flames are former Eagles Theoren Fleury, Rich Chernomaz, Dave Reierson, Chris Biotti, Rick Hayward and Stu Grimson. It's also suspected the Eagles could get players like rookie winger Paul Ranheim or NHL veterans like goalie Doug Dadswell or defenseman Brian Glynn. The Flames will use three games this weekend to decide and probably make an announcement Sunday.