Backlund suffers more hard luck

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, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

More bad luck for Mikael Backlund.

The Calgary Flames talent was cut by a stick Saturday on the opening day of the on-ice portion of training camp.

After a few days nursing what looked like a charley-horse at the prospects tournament, Backlund was back skating -- this time with the veterans.

But Backlund left late in the session with a bloody brow after taking a stick -- which appeared to be Adam Pardy's -- near the eye during a drill. He was down for a spell and helped to the room with a towel on his face, but you could see he'd been cut.

After the sessions, Flames head coach Brent Sutter said the club's 2007 first-round draft choice should be OK.

"We'll know more (Sunday)," Sutter said. "It looks like it's not that serious."

MOSS IN THE MIDDLE

The team already looked pretty deep at the centre position, but the uncertain status of C Daymond Langkow has the team experimenting with David Moss playing between Curtis Glencross and Ales Kotalik.

"He played centre when he was in college," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "It's an idea that (GM) Darryl (Sutter) and I talked about, and (assistant GM) Jay (Feaster), that we'd try him there and see what goes -- especially with the situation with Daymond not being able to participate in practice.

"He was pretty excited about it. He's excited about that challenge."

Chatting with reporters in the locker-room, Moss was asked how he is at faceoffs.

"I was working on them (Saturday)," Moss said with a grin. "We'll see."

Moss converted to the wing with the Flames organization four years ago.

BIG GUNS STICK TOGETHER

The team has been broken into two distinctive groups for camp.

Group A is pretty much all veterans, with the addition of Backlund and first-year pro defenceman T.J. Brodie. Jon Rheault also skated with the group, after being summoned from the prospects because Niklas Hagman has the flu.

"We want to nail things down here, and that's why we started the groups off the way we have," Sutter said. "You have to earn the right to be with the big squad, and the big squad's got to perform and do it the way it needs to be done.

"If they do it, then we're not going to have problems."

INJURED BRIGADE

Missing out on group practices Saturday were LW Niklas Hagman (flu), C Daymond Langkow (neck), RW Ryan Howse (leg), LW Logan MacMillan (hernia), C Ryan Stone (knee) and LW Michael Ferland (knee).

MacMillan, Howse, Ferland and Langkow all skated after everyone else.


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