Warrener welcomes advice

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Amid his summer of travel to far and exotic places, Rhett Warrener included a stop in one of the cooler locales.

The Don Hartman Sportsplex: A frigid twin-arena complex in northeast Calgary hosting the Flames prospects taking part in this week's development camp, which wraps up this afternoon.

"This week is the longest I've been in one place since the end of the season," said Warrener in the parking lot after lugging his gear bag to his vehicle.

After visiting China, Thailand and Italy, the veteran defenceman has been sneaking in a little ice time to prepare for his 12th NHL season.

"Basically, I'm here because of (skating coach) Barry (Karn)," Warrener explained. "I mean, being the pure skater that I am, any advice and help that I can get will go a long way."

In case his self-depreciating sarcasm doesn't translate as well in print, Warrener isn't known as the most mobile rearguard in the league.

He brings other things to the table -- such as grit, leadership and toughness -- but has dedicated himself in recent years to taking better care of himself physically and trying to improve his skills to prolong his playing career.

"I heard about Barry last year from some of the guys. I'm not a good skater and I do need help," Warrener said of his presence. "Just spending the last four days with him, it's amazing just the little things, little pointers he can give you that hopefully can improve my game."


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