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Bert blows off bone bruise

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

BANFF -- Todd Bertuzzi may have to find himself bigger equipment.

A few days after seeing his pre-season come to an early end after a shot from teammate Mark Giordano hit his right leg just above the ankle, Bertuzzi was drilled again during yesterday's practice in Banff.

"Other than the shot at the end (of practice) from Pardy, I'm feeling OK," he said. "I feel good. I'm excited to get the season going."

Early in the second period of Friday's final exhibition schedule game against the Edmonton Oilers, Bertuzzi left the ice in obvious pain and the potential for a broken leg was indeed there.

The immediate diagnosis was a bone bruise, and he was back on the blades with the rest of the Flames at the Banff Recreation Centre readying for Thursday's season opener in Vancouver.

Bertuzzi, one of the club's key off-season acquisitions, has been through worse.

"I broke my leg from Mattias Ohlund (shot) six or seven years ago, so my legs are fragile, right now. I took it on a spot where I have no padding," he said. "Kinda my fault for turning the wrong way on Gio's shot.

"If that's the only thing that can happen and I'll get a handful of rebounds on the powerplay, I'll be OK."

Bertuzzi wasn't the only injured Flame back skating.

Forward Michael Cammalleri played in three pre-season games before a hip injury kept him off the ice the last couple of outings.

After yesterday's session, Cammalleri said he's 100% and ready to go -- even though he went to the dressing room early for treatment.

"I feel really good and ready to go now," said the shifty forward. "Being it's the exhibition season, we took all the precautions we could to try and get it 100% and get back. That's the goal and what we've done."

Cammalleri scored twice in his contests and said the shortened pre-season won't impact his preparation for the season.

"I did a lot of training this summer, did a lot of skating and preparation before that," he said.

"Missing one or two exhibition games isn't going to have that big of a factor."

Centre Matthew Lombardi and defenceman Dion Phaneuf didn't practice.

Head coach Mike Keenan didn't divulge why Phaneuf wasn't in attendance but said he'd practice today at the Saddledome while Lombardi is still battling the flu.

"He's getting better, but another day off wouldn't hurt him because he's lost a little weight," Keenan said.


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