Loyns feels tests

STEVE MacFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Lynn Loyns wasn't feeling great earlier this week.

But for the first time in a long while, it had nothing to do with the three heart surgeries in one month he endured last fall.

This time, it was just the lingering effects from Monday's fitness test.

"Oh yeah, fitness testing is always pretty gruelling. There's a couple different bikes there that are pretty hard," said the Flames forward Tuesday after his first on-ice session of training camp at Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplex.

It's been a year since Loyns' final operation to fix a heart ailment that sometimes caused his pulse to rise to as much as 270 beats per minute.

Physically and mentally, the 24-year-old is ready for a return to the NHL after a season with the AHL Lowell Lock Monsters.

"I'm 100 percent," said Loyns. "It's been a year now and I don't think about it anymore like Iused to.

"Everything's cleared up. I feel really good. I feel confident again and ready to get back at it."

The Naicam, Sask., product appeared in 12 games with the Flames in 2003-04 and another 18 with Lowell before his season ended because of an ankle injury. He scored seven goals and eight assists in 77 games with the Lock Monsters last season, adding 42 penalty minutes and is looking forward to playing with no fear.

"I feel really good," said Loyns. "I'm just excited to get things going and put everything behind me and just play hockey the way I used to play."

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