Stajan itching to get back to work

Calgary Flames player Matt Stajan recalls his shoulder injury for the media as he's interviewed at...

Calgary Flames player Matt Stajan recalls his shoulder injury for the media as he's interviewed at the Saddledome in Calgary Sept 23/ 10. (Photo by JIM WELLS/Calgary Sun)

STEVE MacFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

It's been two days since Matt Stajan separated his shoulder, and already he can't wait to get back on the ice.

"This is new for me and it's not fun. it's been two days and I already want to get back at 'er," Stajan said while addressing the media in the locker-room Thursday after injuring his right shoulder Tuesday night in Vancouver.

"It's frustrating. You work hard all summer, and just an innocent hit that caught me the wrong way separated my shoulder.

"I'm just going to work hard to get it back to where it needs to be."

Recovery periods for separated shoulders depend on the degree of separation and pain that accompanies it, but Stajan wouldn't divulge how serious his injury is.

"I would say I'm out indefinitely, for a while, and take it day to day," the 26-year-old centre said. "There's not really a timeline."

He wore no sling but said it's very difficult to sleep without pain since landing on his right side after an innocent looking hit while he was reaching for the puck during the pre-season contest against the Canucks.

"I picked up my stick. I tried to finish the shift, but as soon as I got off, I knew something was wrong," Stajan said. "I couldn't lift my arm."

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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