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Yelle says he'll play

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Stephane Yelle professed himself good to go for the Calgary Flames' season- opener tomorrow in Edmonton.

Yelle, who suffered a leg injury Friday in Vancouver, practised yesterday and believes he'll be OK for the Oilers.

"I don't think it's that serious and I felt pretty good. It's good news," said the checking centre.

Yelle was hit low by Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa and limped to the bench before going to the dressing room for good.

He said the impact was taken on a spot below his calf muscle where he was injured last year.

"I got hit with a couple of shots on the same spot and it flared up. For some reason, when I got hit in Vancouver, it flared up again," Yelle explained.

CHEK THESE OUT: The Flames announced a three-year partnership with Sport Chek yesterday.

For every game, 600 upper-loge tickets will be made available through a dozen Sport Chek stores throughout Calgary and Southern Alberta at a cost of $19.99.

The price will stay the same for all three years of the agreement.

Tickets will only be available for the next four games, a rolling block, and only four per game can be purchased at a time.

The idea of limits is to reduce scalping.

"It's done intentionally so people don't buy the entire season and try to sell them somewhere else," said Rollie Cyr, vice-president of sales.

The Flames expect every game to be a sellout this season.

PAIR SENT TO FARM: Defenceman Brad Ference and forward Eric Godard were re-assigned to AHL Omaha yesterday, leaving the Flames with a 23-man roster that includes two goalies, six healthy defencemen and 13 ready forwards.

Defenceman Rhett Warrener and left wing Eric Nystrom are on the roster but injured.


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