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Krahn hits the ice

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

You can excuse Brent Krahn for using the word "frustrating" repeatedly to discuss his plight.

This was supposed to be the year the Calgary Flames 2000 first-round draft choice would make the jump to the NHL after a series of injuries and seasons in the minors.

There was a spot for the taking when the season began, with Krahn and Curtis McElhinney heading the battle for back-up duties behind starter Miikka Kiprusoff.

That was until his knee problem flared up yet again on the first day of training camp and had him on the shelf to this day.

"That's the frustrating part. You're really excited about coming to camp and then have an injury on the first day," Krahn said. "You try not to dwell on it too much because you've got to be upbeat and positive but it is frustrating."

Could it be the 25-year-old can finally see some light at the end of this tunnel?

Krahn was on the ice without equipment yesterday prior to the team's morning skate. It's the fourth day in a row the goaltender hit the Saddledome surface.

"It's such a mental relief," he said. "Once you step on the ice, not even taking shots just stepping on the ice, you feel you're making progress."

Krahn suffered a subluxation of the left knee -- his kneecap went out of place but went back in immediately -- which caused a lot of pain.

The same thing happened to him last season, causing him to miss six weeks of action. He's already missed more time and is still not clear on when he'd be able to practice fully, let alone take part in some game action.

As for when Krahn will be back in action, that's not certain. He's still not pain-free, and that's the next big step.

Still, he's sure a return will happen in due time.

"My season's not over," he stated. "It just depends on getting 100 percent and getting back in."


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