Roman's sore knee still a concern

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roman Hamrlik's return to action may be short-lived.

Although likely to play tonight against the Islanders, the Calgary Flames defenceman admitted he slightly twisted his left knee in Tuesday's loss to the New York Rangers, the same knee he injured a month ago that forced him to the sidelines for a dozen games.

"I kinda twisted it in the first period and after that it was a little painful but still felt pretty good," Hamrlik said after yesterday's practice.

"It's going to be a decision but hopefully I can play.

"We'll see how I feel. I feel a little sore but can still skate, so it's not so bad."

Hamrlik collected an assist in his return and saw 17 minutes and 32 seconds of action.

He did fire three shots on goal but was also the one trying to get back into position on Jason Ward's third-period game-winning goal.

Should Hamrlik not be able to go, it would be a disappointment on two levels.

Having spent four seasons with the Islanders before leaving for the Flames as an unrestricted free agent, tonight is the chance to face his old team.

"I want to play here but you have to look at your health," Hamrlik said.

"I don't want to screw my knee and not play for another one or two months. I want to make sure I'll be ready.

"I was looking forward to coming here. It's my old team and I had a good four years here.

"The owners, the GM to the training staff were all good to me."


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