Moss green with envy

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- David Moss -- proudly half-Irish on St. Patrick's Day -- noticed Owen Nolan and Craig Conroy were donning green sweaters in practice.

For Nolan it's a tradition for March 17, and the festivity included Conroy, whose family is also of Irish descent.

Patrolling the other wing was Wayne Primeau -- "It's O'Primeau today," he said -- because Alex Tanguay was having a "maintenance day" in light of the broken toe he suffered Sunday in Chicago.

But you can't blame Moss for wanting to be in on the fun, for more than just one reason.

"I wish I was on the green line," he said.

The way things have gone for the right winger lately, he'd love to part of any line. It would mean no longer sitting in the press box every night.

However, with Tanguay's status up in the air -- officially he's listed as day-to-day -- and Eric Nystrom on the shelf still feeling the effects of his fight with Chicago's Adam Burish, Moss may just get that opportunity tonight in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

"You obviously want to play and there's been times when you think you're gonna play, but they make decisions that aren't easy at the last minute," said Moss, who skated with Stephane Yelle and Matthew Lombardi during yesterday's session. "But it's my job to stay ready and prepare every day."

Moss has been on the sidelines since suffering an ankle sprain Feb.15, and has sat the last 14 games, although deemed healthy enough to return nearly two weeks ago.

He also missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury and then sat out another 19 games with a high ankle sprain.

The season hasn't panned out the way Moss expected, especially after scoring 10 times in 41 NHL games in his rookie campaign.

"The main thing is to try and stay positive," Moss said.

"One of the worst things you can do is come to the rink with a bad attitude, thinking you're bigger than the team or need to be playing.

"Down the stretch, there will be injuries and you never know who's gonna be out."

Calgary's injury woes don't end there.

Defenceman Rhett Warrener has also been sidelined due to a fractured ankle.


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