Sitting ailing Iginla no-brainer for Flames
Steve MacFarlane, QMI Agency
|Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla skated briefly at the Flames training camp. (Mike Drew/QMI AGENCY)
The Flames are playing it safe with Jarome Iginla.
And why not? There’ve been just a pair of on-ice sessions, and it’s not like the former 50-goal scorer has anything to prove.
Back spasms kept the Flames captain out Sunday after the issue forced him out of Saturday’s action early.
“Hey, it’s just two days into camp. There’s no pressure on anybody to be out there skating if they’re not 100%,” said head coach Brent Sutter. “He’ll be fine.
“We’re just making sure we handle it the right way.”
Among the injured, defenceman Cory Sarich (pelvis) and forward Brendan Morrison (knee) both skated with groups while wearing yellow jerseys. Brett Carson (undisclosed) and Raitis Ivanans (post-concussion) have been skating together separately.
Hot prospect Max Reinhart hasn’t taken part in main camp yet, but Sutter said the 19-year-old — whose ailment hasn’t been discussed — will be back on the ice Monday. His first full practice with the Flames, however, won’t come until Tuesday at the earliest.
Pair makin’ it work
Winger Curtis Glencross and his head coach appeared to have buried the hatchet in their alleged feud last season.
But they took mending fences to a whole new level this summer.
Glencross, whose in-laws rent farmland to Sutter, needed to fix up some fencing for his cattle, and his coach was quick to help.
“Glennie had a bunch of cattle there and didn’t have a great corral,” Sutter said. “I put him to work. Had to get his hands dirty.
“He’s got a little bit of farm boy in him. Not totally, but a little bit. It was good. He had a good summer. He worked hard.”
They’re game for scrimmage
With a split-squad game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, the two game groups will scrimmage Monday at the Saddledome before the team that will hit the road to play the Canucks at the Rogers Arena heads to Vancouver for the night.
“They haven’t played, some guys, in five months,” Sutter said. “We want to scrimmage tomorrow to kind of (give them) game-like situations.”