Injured list grows again

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

EDMONTON -- At this rate, the Calgary Flames will need their own airline to shuttle players.

With their sick bay already filling up, the Flames were without defenceman Mark Giordano for last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers and had to summon winger Kyle Greentree from the AHL's Quad City Flames.

Giordano suffered an 'upper body injury' in Thursday night's game in Minnesota, the same night left-winger Rene Bourque was knocked out of action, likely for a couple of months, due to a high-ankle sprain.

The outing before saw centre Daymond Langkow (hand) and left winger Andre Roy (head) sent to the sidelines.

The Flames were fortunate both Jim Vandermeer and Brandon Prust were cleared to play this week, but centre Wayne Primeau (broken foot) has been on the limp for more than two months and defenceman Rhett Warrener (shoulder) has been out all season.

"It's pretty much inevitable you'll have a few guys go down, but we've had a whole rash of them in the last week," said defenceman Cory Sarich. "You just have to deal with it. It gives guys in the lineup more opportunity to show themselves and get the job done."

Vandermeer was moved to his natural position on the blueline, while Greentree was slated to skate on a fourth line with Eric Nystrom and Brandon Prust.

On Friday, the Flames called up forward Jamie Lundmark.

"It's a good challenge," captain Jarome Iginla said of his team's recent fortunes. "The guys who are out play a lot of minutes and are big contributors on the (penalty kill), powerplay, all situations. It's a challenge for us as a team.

"We have some young guys who'll get more minutes and have to be ready for it."

Greentree, who didn't arrive in time for the morning skate, played his first game for the Flames. He skated in a pair of NHL clashes last season with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 6-foot-3, 212-lb. left winger was leading Quad City with 28 goals and second with 51 points.

He's been playing mainly on a line with Lundmark, whose 52 points leads Quad City.

"He can shoot the puck, a natural goal scorer," Lundmark said. "I think it's big for him. I'm happy for him getting the call.

"I talked to him (Friday) night and he was really excited, you could tell it in his voice, and he can't wait to get out and play."

It's the third time Lundmark has been summoned this season.

"We've both been working hard to get here," said Lund-mark, who collected a pair of assists in three previous games for Calgary this season. "It feels good when it's recognized and you get the call."

While the Flames were hoping to benefit from the extra energy a couple of new faces can bring, they were also looking at the situation as an opportunity to improve what's become an inconsistent defensive game.

With so many key players out of the lineup, it's a chance to rely more on a basic style of game.

"Keep things simple," Sarich said. "It's the best thing to revert back to when you have guys like Kyle playing his first game for the team. It's the building block, and if you focus on that, it creates the recipe for success."


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