However, the 6-foot-3 center is starting to settle in with his new team and scored his first two goals with the Flames in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Primeau was scoreless in his first seven games with Calgary, and last 20 games overall before getting two goals in the second period. His first of the night at 5:27, off a pass from Tony Amonte from behind the net, put the Flames ahead 3-0.
"It definitely felt nice," Primeau said. "My linemates did all the work tonight. They were relentless on the forecheck and made those scoring chances happen."
David Moss, Kristian Huselius, and Andrei Zyuzin also scored for the Flames, who moved into a tie with Minnesota for second place in the Northwest Division -- two points behind Vancouver. Zyuzin's goal was his first in 56 games.
"He's going to go out there, he's going to be a big body, and he's going to make things happen," Amonte said. "Especially when you come from another team, you want to get involved, you want to help your team out and show them you can play.
"You could see it on his face after he scored that first one. Just a little bit of relief, happiness, and joy."
Primeau put Calgary up 5-1 at 12:48 with his ninth of the season, again on a nice setup from Amonte. The line of Primeau, Amonte and center Matthew Lombardi controlled play in the Phoenix end all night and generated numerous scoring chances.
"We can't rely on Iggy's and Langkow's line every night," Primeau said. "We need contributions from all four lines if we want to be successful."
Trailing 3-0, Phoenix snapped out of a 0-for-22 drought on the power play when Perreault deflected Derek Morris' slap shot past Jamie McLennan eight minutes into the second period for his 19th goal of the season.
Zyuzin restored Calgary's three-goal cushion on a slap shot from the blue line that eluded Mikael Tellqvist. It was Zyuzin's first goal since Feb. 10, 2006, when he was with Minnesota.
With Miikka Kiprusoff getting the night off for the Flames, McLennan made his sixth start of the season and was solid in making 30 saves to improve to 3-3-1.
Calgary jumped in front 2-0 on a pair of first-period power-play goals beginning with Moss' score at 9:31. After Alex Tanguay whipped a puck across the crease to Moss at the far post, Moss knocked it down with his stick, then took two more whacks at it before eventually knocking it past Tellqvist.
"Going down 2-0 here, it makes it tough," Phoenix captain Shane Doan said. "It's tough to battle back. We got it back to 3-1 and we let them take two quick ones right after that, and that takes a lot of the emotion out of the game because it's pretty frustrating."
Moss had missed the previous three games after getting knocked face-first into the boards by Colorado's Ossi Vaananen, a hit which left the rookie Flames winger with stitches inside his mouth.
Huselius made it 2-0 on his 29th of the season at 19:11.
Calgary's finished the night 2-for-5 on power plays. Ranked 24th in the NHL on the power play on Feb. 2, Calgary has gone 21-for-67 in its past 13 games.
"We didn't have a very good effort," Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton said. "We played really well in the first and probably deserved a better fate than being down 2-0, but then we gave them the game. I didn't think they played that well, and we didn't help our goalie out at all."
- Phoenix RW Georges Laraque was scratched for the second game in a row amid speculation that he likely would be traded by Tuesday's trade deadline. Also not in the lineup for the Coyotes was RW Owen Nolan, another player rumored to be on the trade block.
- Making his season debut for Phoenix was C Yanick Lehoux. Lehoux was recalled Saturday from San Antonio (AHL), where he led the team in scoring with 25 goals and 34 assists.