Langkow cleared but not ready: Flames
|Daymond Langkow skates during Calgary Flames practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Wednesday March 16, 2011. The practice saw Daymond Langkow return to the ice for a team practice for the first time since injuring his neck almost a year earlier. (Photo by LYLE ASPINALL/Calgary Sun)
For Daymond Langkow, the waiting game continues.
The Calgary Flames issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that the injured centre is getting closer to a return but will get activated only when Brent Sutter and his staff determine that he’s 100% ready.
Langkow has been out more than a year due to a fractured vertebrae in his neck after taking a shot off the stick of Ian White.
The Flames host the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night in a crucial Western Conference matchup.
“In response to the questions raised recently about the status of Daymond Langkow, please be advised that Daymond has been medically cleared to resume full-contact practice with the team,” said Flames acting general manager Jay Feaster.
“Daymond travelled with the team on its recent four-game road trip and practised both with the team and skated with the coaching staff after practices and game-day skates.
“In as much as Daymond has not played in an NHL game in more than a full calendar year there remains issues relative to getting him ready to return to the line-up such as conditioning, rebuilding muscle mass, readiness for game speed and game timing, etc.
“At such point in time when the coaching staff determines that Daymond is ready to return to the line-up we will make the necessary roster transaction(s) to activate Daymond.”