Back in Calgary after playing a pair of games for the Quad City Flames, Warren Peters admitted it was a little odd coming back alone.
He was sent to the American Hockey League affiliate along with Dustin Boyd for salary-cap reasons when injuries caught up with the big-league Flames last week, and they had to recall a pair of defencemen.
With blueliner Adrian Aucoin ready to return to the NHL lineup, only one of the forwards could come back for last night's game against the Los Angeles Kings, and Peters' $487,000 wage is easier than Boyd's $742,000 to slide into the formula, as the Flames returned defenceman John Negrin to the minors.
"It was rough, but it's just numbers," Peters said. "I think we both understood that.
"Everyone here is working together, and that includes Dustin. He'll be here before you know it, and he'll be contributing."
Hoping to do that himself, Peters knows how badly Boyd would like to return.
"He's played well up here. He's played a lot of games. You feel bad for a guy like that," said Peters. "But at the same time, you're here to try and take advantage of an opportunity."
Their mission on the farm was to help the team in their last-week bid at the AHL playoffs.
"We played two big games down there. Won one Friday night -- a really emotional game -- and then came up a goal short on Saturday."
The Quad City team would have to win their last three games and have help to make the post-season.
Meanwhile, the Flames are a lock for the playoffs and are still battling for the division title.
"It's a big week," said Peters, who knows he could be shipped back at any time if cap constraints come up again.
"It's part of the game. It's better than getting sent down for the alternative reasons. It's just something guys are going to have to accept.It's not going to get better here anytime soon. It'll probably get worse as far as the cap goes before it gets better."