Marchment nearing incredible return

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

Having torn two ligaments in his left knee in early January, it seemed likely Bryan Marchment was done for the season.

However, the Flames defenceman has inched closer to an amazing return, to the point he was practising with the team yesterday.

Still, the veteran can't pinpoint when he'll return to action.

"Time will tell. I feel pretty good out there but I'm not up to speed yet," Marchment said. "I'm excited to be where I'm at, that's for sure.

"It's a great opportunity to be playing with a team like this and I don't want to not be part of it in some form on the ice."

While Marchment's status is up in the air, the team will have forward Byron Ritchie at its disposal when it hits the ice Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Ritchie, who suffered a knee injury Jan. 2, was back in high gear on the Max Bell Centre ice yesterday.

"I could have gone before (the break) but the team was playing well and the coaches didn't think there was a need for a change," he said. "It doesn't hurt to give a knee another 10 days to fully heal. It's probably a little bit better than it was but it was pretty close to perfect before the break.

"It's just a case of getting back in game shape."

Ritchie, with one goal in 29 games prior to the injury, couldn't be happier to be back

"It was nice to have some time off but you get itching to come back because you miss the boys," he said. "And our goal is the Stanley Cup."

Defenceman Roman Hamrlik skated prior to the session but will remain out a couple of weeks yet due to his hand injury.


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