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Brace off Langkow

RANDY SPORTAK, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

Daymond Langkow will talk to the media Wednesday for the first time since suffering a neck injury March 21.

The Flames centre hasn’t resumed skating, but caught up with all his teammates for Tuesday’s practice at the Westside Recreation Centre. The club was gone for several days for a three-game road trip.

Langkow wasn’t wearing the neck brace he required to return to Calgary after falling head first on the ice while being hit on the back of the neck with a puck.

“It’s nice to see him moving around, feeling good and upbeat,” said captain Jarome Iginla. “It’s a boost for the guys and great to see. That’s more important than hockey.”

Langkow was injured in the second period of the club’s 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild, a victim of a strange set of circumstances.

He charged to the front of the net to set a screen, but was hit by the Wild defencemen and appeared to lose his balance.

As Langkow was going down, Ian White’s point shot went right at him. Langkow ducked his head into his chest to try avoiding the puck, and landed on top of his head at the same time the puck appeared to hit him in the spine.

After several minutes on the ice, he was taken off the ice via stretcher and stayed overnight.

Langkow didn’t talk to the media Tuesday, but did appear upbeat.

“Hopefully he’s feeling better,” centre Craig Conroy. “I haven’t seen him. No brace, that’s a good sign.”

No timetable has been given for any potential return for the club’s second-line centre who has collected 14 goals and 37 points this season.

The Flames are currently without three integral players.

Left wingers Curtis Glencross and Christopher Higgins are also on the injured list.

Glencross suffered a knee injury in the March 17 game at Colorado, the victim of a knee-on-knee hit. His limp, and the fact he was seen on crutches Sunday, make it likely the 15-goal, 33-point player won’t be returning soon.

Higgins, who suffered what appears to be an ankle injury in the March 14 game at Vancouver, was walking with a slight limp.

In 12 games since joining the Flames via trade with the New York Rangers, Higgins has two goals and three points. The pair of goals came in back-to-back outings before the game in which he was injured.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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