Connie comes clean

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Craig Conroy admitted he may have done so in the past but he wasn't going to lie to trainers about his current injury just to hop on the plane with his Calgary Flames teammates yesterday.

Instead, the centre stayed behind to rest his undisclosed upper-body injury and hopes he can meet his teammates in Dallas for the second leg of back-to-back games against the Avalanche and Stars this week.

"For sure," answered Conroy at the mouth of the hallway dressing room when asked if he'd ever fibbed about an injury. "If there's something you can get away with."

He knew he couldn't hide the discomfort while practising with Darren McCarty.

"They just can watch. They watch and say, 'That (shot) doesn't look very hard or McCarty killed you on those draws out there,' " said Conroy.

"They know something is going on."

The chatty veteran then retracted one of those thoughts before peeking behind him to check for a potentially offended teammate looking for revenge.

"McCarty is actually pretty good on the draws so I shouldn't say that," said Conroy amid laughter from the small crowd in front of him.

"I don't want him mad, is he coming?"

He was safe from any retribution courtesy of his teammate, which is great considering Conroy's already in enough pain to keep him from facing Colorado tonight (TSN, 7 p.m.).

"It's something that I can just take the time off and it heals and I'm good," said Conroy, adding that if it was a playoff situation or the team demanded he suit up out of necessity he could probably dress, although his effectiveness would be seriously limited.

The team told him they want him to rest and get back to 100% to avoid a lingering injury.

"They ask me how much it hurts and I kind of explain, 'This is when it hurts and when it doesn't hurt,' " said Conroy, who ranked the pain at six out of 10. "Skating it felt good, shooting wasn't as good, faceoffs were a little more difficult.

"For me it's just the pain.

"It's something that's nagging and hopefully it just goes away."

There is a chance Conroy could join the team for Thursday night's contest in the Lone Star State.

"If I wake up and I'm feeling better -- I'm going to skate again tomorrow.

"And if I feel good I'll go to Dallas."


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