Daymond Langkow took another big step in his comeback Saturday, but it wasn’t on the ice.
For the first time this season, the veteran centre packed up for a road trip, and this one is a doozy.
It’s four games over the span of a week, and the fact he’s going means there is a chance Langkow can suit up for the first time since
March 21, 2010, when he suffered a fractured vertebrae at the base of his neck.
While the 34-year-old was excited to hop a plane to California Saturday afternoon, he wasn’t the only one.
“I need to give (my wife) a break from me,” Langkow said with a laugh. “The (competitive juices) started a few days ago when I first practised with the team.
“This is my first (trip) of the year, so I’ve been looking forward to it.”
The Flames will also take special assistant to the GM Craig Conroy on the trip to skate with Langkow and work on one-on-one drills.
Langkow worked with the team again Saturday at Max Bell Centre, his third full run since being a surprise participant in Wednesday’s practice.
“Every day he practices with us is better, in terms of conditioning and what he has to do to get himself back in the lineup,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter.
Although there is a chance he could get activated on this road trip, Langkow said there is no timetable for his return.
It’s just a matter of knowing when the time is right.
“I feel good. You can practice all you want,” Langkow said.
“But to get into game shape, you need to play games. Obviously, the timing is another thing. I’m going day-to-day, going hard and trying to get ready.
“It’s just a day-to-day thing. I’m not there as far as conditioning goes. I’m going to keep skating and take it day-to-day.
“I lost some muscle from not working out, but I’ve put most of it back on in the last three or four weeks.
“I’m feeling pretty good.”