Sarich, Vandermeer up in air for road trip

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Taking pucks to the limbs seconds apart during the 2-1 loss to San Jose Monday, the Calgary Flames might have lost a set of blueliners.

Partners Jim Vandermeer and Cory Sarich were both lying in pain after a whistle in the third period -- a rare and scary sight to see.

Both skipped practice yesterday, and are questionable for the two-game trip that starts tonight in Dallas.

Sarich is likely the more serious of the two injuries.

Vandermeer returned to action in the third period. Sarich didn't.

"Everybody saw what happened to Cory," head coach Mike Keenan said of the Joe Thornton slapper he blocked in the third period.

"He's got a pretty sore foot today."

Fellow rearguard Robyn Regehr knows how much that hurts.

"Those were two pretty bad shots. I think they just hit them in bad spots. That's the tough thing," said Regehr.

"With Cory, he's moving and he opened up his foot. I've been hit on the inside of the foot like that a few times and that's the worst place to get hit -- on the ankle on the inside."

Luckier was Vandermeer, who was hit by a shot from Sharks defenceman Alexei Semenov.

If you can call any block that causes pain lucky.

"I think with Jim, he got it in the leg. I don't know what happened with the shin pad, if it moved or something like that, but it looked pretty painful, too," said Regehr.

Keenan had no information as to whether one or both will be able to make the trip to Dallas and then Minnesota for the back-to-back games tomorrow and Friday.

"We needed to give them some rest today, and evaluation later in the day," said Keenan following practice.

"Like any other coach, you always cringe a little bit when you see your players go down because of health issues."

Options are limited if neither can suit up tonight. Used as a forward recently, Adam Pardy could return to the blueline.

Beyond that, there's the slim chance Rhett Warrener will be medically cleared to return to game action and have his pro-rated salary squeezed under the cap.

"Hopefully we can get those guys healed up and get them ice and taken care of these next couple of days," said Regehr. "We need those guys."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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