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Hello, we almost missed ya!

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

A day after being assigned to the AHL Abbotsford Heat, there was Jamie Lundmark at the morning skate in anticipation of last night's Flames game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I'm excited to be back," said the Calgary forward.

Back? It's like he didn't leave.

Then again, Lundmark was only gone a few hours during the whole demotion, which finally played itself out yesterday.

Lundmark was assigned to the minor league team Tuesday then recalled for yesterday's game, but it required a bit of roster juggling with the return of Craig Conroy from the injury list.

To make space for both forwards within the 23-man roster, defenceman Staffan Kronwall was reassigned to the AHL. For the team to save a day of Lundmark's pay against the salary cap, the forward had to physically go to Abbotsford.

He left from the Calgary airport just after noon, went for a bite to eat and boarded another plane back to the Stampede City.

"Those are the rules, so I was there. It's a long day, but it's not that bad. It's only an hour flight," he said. "To do that with Quad Cities (where the farm team was last year) would be about four flights."

Lundmark returned to the role he's held since being recalled for the second time this season -- on a line with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen.

"I've been trying to play a game down there where I can come up here and fit in and play the same way I do when I'm there," said Lundmark, who went into last night's game with two goals and four points in nine NHL games this season.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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