SUN Hockey Pool

Iginla hopes to return this week

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Jarome Iginla was one of the first Calgary Flames to hit the ice for yesterday's practice.

He skated the whole session with his teammates for the first time since suffering a knee injury Jan. 4. Could it mean the captain will return for tonight's meeting with the Los Angeles Kings?

"I'd like to play this week," said Iginla.

"Whether it's (today) or the next couple of days, I'm not sure.

"It felt really good.

I couldn't have hoped for it to feel better ... Every day it improves."

Cautioned head coach Jim Playfair: "Probably we'll wait a day or two. We have to see how he held up after practice."

However, defenceman Robyn Regehr is expected back tonight after missing the last two games due to illness. His ailment wasn't the flu but sickness caused by a bacteria he picked up during a trip to the mountains.

"It was probably the worst sickness I've had by far and something that wasn't a whole lot of fun to go through," said Regehr, who needed antibiotics and IV fluid to recover. "I had fever, chills. I don't want to go into the other details. I don't think people need to know that. It was a miserable time, horrible, but a good way to lose weight."

Playfair made no bones about expecting Regehr back. "I'll pick him up at his house and bring him to the rink if I have to," he said.


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