September 23, 2010
A rash of preseason injuries
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY - At this rate, the Calgary Flames won't make it through training camp to the NHL regular season.
Not with the way players are going down to injuries.
Not only are the Flames preparing for the possibility their No. 2 and No. 3 centres will spend a significant amount of time out of action, but they also practised Wednesday without a handful of others, including forward Niklas Hagman.
The left winger who scored one goal and assisted another to help the Flames split-squad to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks split-squad in the preseason game on the West Coast, missed the session due to "general maintenance."
Hagman spent a long time with the training staff after the game.
Centres Daymond Langkow (neck) and Matt Stajan (separated shoulder) are both out indefinitely. Plus, John Armstrong, who went through a pair of shoulder surgeries the last two years and wanted to make a push for a roster spot, has an up-in-the-air status after being hit in the face by a puck in Tuesday's 3-2 splitsquad victory over the splitsquad Canucks at the Saddledome. The Flames were waiting on a final report from medical team before saying the extent of Armstrong's injury.
It doesn't end there. Defencemen Matt Pelech and John Negrin -- who are both in the mix should the Flames deal away a veteran blueliner -- missed sessions Wednesday.
As well, Logan MacMillan (sports hernia) is practising with the team after missing the prospects camp, and Ryan Stone (knee) continues to work out on his own.