Flames Snapshots: Moss nearing return

Calgary Flames David Moss against the Minnesota Wild during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta on...

Calgary Flames David Moss against the Minnesota Wild during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta on November 8, 2011. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)

Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:28 AM ET

CALGARY - Fans breathlessly awaiting some help via the trade market better relax.

There is no doubt the Calgary Flames could use some scoring punch up front, but it's coming. He just needs to catch his breath.

David Moss went through a rigorous practice Saturday morning with the team and he's trying to work back into the lineup. The pegged date is March 5, but as soon as the centre is in game shape, he should provide a spark.

Therefore, the Flames aren't expected to mortgage any future to add players before Monday's deadline.

"The plan is to get a few good skates in before I get out there," Moss said. "It's hard because I want to get back playing but you don't want to come back a few days early if you haven't battled and you don't know it will be like."

The feeling around the team is these are the players that will push for a playoff spot. The Flames recently got Curtis Glencross and Derek Smith back from injury, as well.

"Some years, you feel something is imminent," captain Jarome Iginla said. "This year, it doesn't."

Flames GM Jay Feaster went on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday afternoon and said again the team won't be trading star players.

Against the glass

Overheard at the Flyers morning skate: "C'mon Ilya, stop one," following a top-corner blast by a teammate. Fans know practice saves don't really count, right? They had real reason to complain once the puck dropped and Matt Stajan's weak shot went through Bryzgalov's wickets for the second goal. CBC clocked the blast at a wicked 41 miles per hour. The Blue Jays should bring Stajan back to Toronto this summer. His off-speed stuff is deceptive "¦ Credit the TV broadcast with getting Flyers blueliner Andrej Meszaros rolling his eyes at the goal "¦ Flyers LW Scott Hartnell had a spirited second-period bout with Flames D Mark Giordano, but it shouldn't have been a surprise he slipped early and fell down. Hartnell Down is a term Flyers fans know well. The left-winger gives money to Hartnell Down Foundation for every time he hits the ice. "It's a funny thing," Hartnell said. "People are good about it on Twitter. Then there is the odd guy who says you are an idiot for falling down too much." The count of downs before the game was 255 this season.

In the crease

Guillaume Desbiens made his Flames debut, wearing No. 26. He's should have worn 38, because he's the 38th player to suit up for the Flames this season. The team is trying out its minor-league depth this season, but Desbiens was surprised at the callup Friday. "Until this time in the year, I didn't feel I deserved it," Desbiens said. "I didn't play my best until the last few weeks. When there is that many injuries up here, you know if you keep playing your best and you do what the coach asks of you, you will get a chance eventually" "¦ Flames LW Curtis Glencross was dumbfounded when he was dinged with a penalty for pitching his stick to teammate Mark Giordano. Throwing the stick is throwing the stick, even ones that are pitch perfect.

Parting shots

There were some special guests at the Saddledome Saturday night, wearing foil on their knuckles. The Hanson Brothers, famous from the movie Slap Shot, were in attendance for Retro Night. How come every time the Flyers show up, so do a bunch of goons? "¦ Wow, the Edmonton Oilers are not doing the Flames any favours this week, other than inciting one staff member to laugh at their Ales Hemsky signing. It would have helped the Flames' cause had the Oil showed up with a better effort Saturday afternoon, but they instead lost 3-1 at home to the Phoenix Coyotes "¦ Sea of Red, meet the Orange Crush. While it was harder to pick out the Flyers fans in the Dome seats for the game, it wasn't hard to spot them for the morning skate. A few hundred loyal Philly fanatics filled the building. This is Jaromir Jagr's first trip out West with the Flyers, so he was a bit stunned at the reaction the team received. "It feels like we're playing at home," Jagr said. "Even in Edmonton there was a lot of them. I didn't know about that. I knew Detroit has fans all over the league. It's nice to see it, but it's surprising."

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