Feaster: Injuries 'nothing more than an excuse'
STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
|Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster watches his team's prospects take on the University of Calgary Dinos at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alta., Sep. 16, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
LOS ANGELES - We’ll get to the injury updates in a moment.
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster was kind enough to invite members of the media into his booth at the Staples Center to offer an overview.
But it’s not his favourite subject.
“I wish we weren’t talking about them. I wish we weren’t writing about them. I wish you guys weren’t in the locker-room talking to players about them. I think it’s just a bunch of garbage,” Feaster said Thursday night. “Every team in the National Hockey League goes through it. And when you start talking about them and you start woe-is-me-ing them, it becomes nothing more than a crutch. It becomes nothing more than an excuse.”
There are plenty of crutches already in the hands of Flames players, with Curtis Glencross the latest to go down Tuesday night in San Jose with a knee injury, the severity of which still hasn’t been determined. (An MRI was done Thursday but the results aren’t available yet. He was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least a week).
Feaster’s worry is the rest of the team loses focus rather than working with what they’ve got.
“I don’t want the players thinking about it. I don’t want them thinking about who’s not here,” he continued. “Tough luck who’s not here. We worry about the guys that are here and the guys that are available to play. And our job is to go out there and perform. That’s the bottom line.
“I don’t want us talking about injuries.”
There is some positive news on that front, however.
Both Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison, diagnosed with vague upper-body injuries, could return on the weekend. Morrison has been travelling with the team, and Tanguay will join the Flames Friday night in Edmonton.
First, he’ll skate and work out off ice, then have another visit with doctors.
“We expect that the doctor will indicate that from a medical standpoint, he’s good to go,” Feaster said. “It’s a matter, then, of his conditioning and when he’s able to get up to game speed.”
Defenceman Derek Smith (ankle), winger David Moss (foot) and goalie Henrik Karlsson (knee) are still out for the foreseeable future.
AGAINST THE GLASS
Michael Cammalleri still has a house in Hermosa Beach, and a couple of former teammate pals in Los Angeles in Kings forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. But he wasn’t spending any time with them while in town. He’s been bonding with his Flames teammates since coming over in a trade with the Habs last week. “I just got to this team, I want to hang out with these guys,” Cammalleri said ... Cammalleri didn’t receive a warm welcome from the home crowd in L.A., getting booed just like every other Flame introduced in the starting lineup.
IN THE CREASE
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t taking the Flames lightly Thursday morning when talking to the media at the Toyota Center in El Segundo. Someone asked about the rash of injuries the Flames have suffered, and he didn’t skip a beat while answering. “They’ve still got their goaltender and they’ve got an awesome defence, and they’re really good up the middle,” Sutter said. He should know. Bringing goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to Calgary was easily his best move as Flames GM.
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