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Busy Backlund scores break

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Mikael Backlund didn't practise Wednesday and may not hit the ice when the Calgary Flames prospects finish the Young Stars Tournament against the Vancouver Canucks Thursday.

However, the club's top prospect said not to worry and doesn't expect to be affected when training camp opens this weekend.

"It's fine. I just took it a little easy today," said Backlund, who's suspected to have a Charley horse. "I don't know if I'll play or not (Thursday), but it's nothing serious."

Backlund and defence-man John Negrin didn't partake in the session.

Both are expected to be part of main training camp, which opens Friday when the veterans report for medicals.

The team will hit the Saddledome ice Saturday.

Backlund is pegged to push for a full-time roster spot, and he knows it, which is why he's not too concerned about missing a game at the prospects tournament.

"We'll see what happens (as far as the last tournament game), but I want to be ready for the big camp so I can be ready to roll there," he said.

Abbotsford Heat head coach Jim Playfair, who is guiding the prospects squad, said nothing should be read into the break for the pair.

"With the summer training they had, two hard days of practice, two games in really a day and a half, it's best for them to stay off the ice," he said.

Meanwhile, Playfair said Cam Lanigan, the Calgary product who plays for the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings and is in camp on a tryout basis, will start in goal.

Lanigan played minor hockey with one of Playfair's sons.

"He's nervous as hell and I think that's cool," he said.

"He's just happy to have a chance to put a Flaming C on and go play."


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