April 6, 2012
Flames Snapshots: Brodie back on the iceBlueliner Brodie skates with Flames teammates for first time in almost a month
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI AGENCY
One of the most promising young Calgary Flames players was back on the ice Thursday.
He didn't suit up for the first of the team's meaningless final two games, but defenceman T.J. Brodie suited up with his teammates for the first time in weeks at the morning skate prior to the evening matchup with the Vancouver Canucks at the Saddledome.
Suffering a concussion in the March 9 game against the Winnipeg Jets, Brodie has been sitting out for the last month while trying to overcome the headaches and cloudiness.
"I've never had (a concussion) before. I feel good for a couple of days, would try to do something, then feel bad after that and had to go back and take a couple of days off again," Brodie said of his battle, hopeful he's finally turned a corner. "I just want to get healthy.
"I feel pretty good. Still not cleared yet, but definitely feeling better than I was."
He finished the game against the Jets but felt off after a couple of hits.
"I felt almost a step behind, like I couldn't make decisions fast enough. Sort of cloudy," he said, adding the game seemed to take forever to finish. "It felt like nine hours. Like everything was going in slow motion."
He started to get headaches in his second week and was sensitive to light, which made leaving his apartment difficult.
He was able to watch games on TV, though.
"As long as I was in my apartment," he said. "If I went out to a restaurant, everyone talking ... you can't hear who you're talking to, but you can hear everything else in the background."
AGAINST THE GLASS
Have to like the idea of having Michael Cammalleri around for a full season next year. When asked what would get him to the rink for the last two games, he said, "To enjoy playing in the NHL and enjoy playing the game of hockey. Respecting the game, respecting the team and respecting everything about it." There wasn't enough of that in the room all season ... Newcomer Akim Aliu drew a penalty as he charged in for a rebound only to be tripped up by Sammy Pahlsson. Too bad Alexandre Burrows ended up scoring a shorthanded goal for the Canucks just 11 seconds into the Flames powerplay. Welcome to Calgary, Akim ... Aliu said he'd have to be physical to contribute, but his bodycheck on teammate Scott Hannan near the end of the first period was accidental, right? ... Aliu was definitely noticeable, earning his first NHL point with an assist on Cammalleri's goal. Later, he mixed it up with Maxim Lapierre and was entertaining in the penalty box while telling the Canucks pest to shut up ... On top of his stellar season in both Abbotsford and with the Flames, goaltender Leland Irving got to welcome his first child to the world Thursday. Daughter Halle was born around 5:10 a.m., weighing eight pounds, five ounces -- or about as much as his goalie pads.
If Roberto Luongo is going through a rough patch and needs confidence, how is it the Canucks decided to sit him in favour of Cory Schneider? The Flamea are guaranteed to give opposing goalies a confidence boost ... Apparently, the Flames' plan to keep fans who decided to show up interested -- or at least awake -- was to crank the in-house speakers up to full volume. Most common words spoken in the crowd were, 'Sorry, what?' ... Second most common words spoken in the crowd were, 'Why didn't I sell my tickets to a Canucks fan.' ... Saw a commercial for the Canucks on TV saying, 'Pay for the seat, only use the edge.' The Calgary version for these last couple of games must have been, 'Pay for the seat, don't show up to use it.'
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