Making an appearance on the Saddledome ice Sunday, Rene Bourque had people talking.
His practice time was short, but the test spin told him a lot.
"It's not going to be easy to come back from," Bourque said a few days later. "I'm sure it's gonna bother me for probably the rest of the year."
High ankle sprains are one of the worst hockey injuries.
Most try to come back too quickly, and after almost six weeks on the sidelines, Bourque had the itch to see where he is at in his recovery.
"I just did a couple horseshoe drills, a little bit of passing and shooting. I was out there like 10 minutes. I got off when they started doing contact drills," Bourque said.
"It felt alright. It didn't feel great, obviously."
Hoping to be back for the playoffs, Bourque figures he might even be able to return for a tuneup game or two.
"Hopefully, one or two games left in the regular-season," he said. "Just to get my legs back, and timing."
INJURED GIORDANO GEARS UP
Mark Giordano hasn't been able to do many things with his teammates since he hurt his shoulder Feb. 19.
Tuesday afternoon, he was on the ice with them, in full equipment.
For the team photo.
"It felt good to put the equipment on again, for the first time in a month," said the Flames defenceman, who needed surgery to fix a tendon in his left shoulder.
"It feels like you're on the outside looking in, and you're not around the dressing room any more.
"But a day like today, putting the equipment on and being around the guys, it felt good."
Giordano's rehabilitation has gone well, but he won't put a timeline on his return.
He won't rule out the potential for playoffs if his Flames go all the way to the final.
"I've got a decent range of motion. I'm trying to get some strength back," Giordano said. "Compared to a month ago, it's a lot better.
"I think as the next few weeks pass by, we'll get a better idea of what's going on and then evaluate from there."
NEGRIN GETS PRO-MOTION
With his Swift Current Broncos out of the WHL playoffs, defenceman John Negrin is heading to the Quad City Flames to play out the season with Calgary's AHL affiliate.
Negrin could join the parent Flames for the playoffs as a member of the Black Aces as he did last spring.