Certainly, there had been a low-wattage feel to trade-deadline day in Calgary.
The Flames’ in-place prospects did a swell job of igniting hope — at least on Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators.
The young goalie, in his second-ever appearance, bagged a shutout. That would be Joni Ortio, perfect through 50 minutes.
The young centre, in his fourth-ever appearance, collected his first goal. That would be Markus Granlund, who opened the scoring on this night.
Another young centre, in his first-ever appearance, looked comfortable working his bread and butter. That would be Corban Knight, 11 for 17 at the dot.
There was enough goodness on display — and shabbiness by the travellers — that even those third jerseys couldn’t stop the hosts (who, coming into the contest, had been 0-8-0 in the alternative duds).
It all added up to a 4-1 decision in National Hockey League action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“Unbelievable,” said Ortio afterwards. “Like I said, getting the fir...