Back-up out with knee injury

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

Curtis McElhinney tried to downplay the situation.

However, Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan spilled it out.

"He's out," Keenan said bluntly yesterday. "I think from his perspective it's not a serious, blown-out knee, but it's serious enough we have to replace him. The first look is probably a week to two weeks. It'll be evaluated again when it settles down."

McElhinney injured his knee in the warm-up prior to Saturday night's clash against the Vancouver Canucks. He sat on the bench as the back-up goalie, but Keenan said he couldn't have played. In fact, had starting netminder Miikka Kiprusoff been felled by injury, Keenan would have had to come up with an interesting replacement.

"We went to the officials before the game just to get clarification," he said. "If Miikka went down, we could dress anyone on the club or (Warren) Peters or (David) Hale."

Worth noting is those two were healthy scratches.

The club is already without Brent Krahn due to a knee injury, and has a pair of pro rookies in Matt Keetley and Kevin Lalande with the AHL Quad City Flames. Keetley has played both games this season for the club, and Keenan said he expects GM Darryl Sutter to summon one of them from the minors.


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