Flames captain Jarome Iginla made his return Wednesday after nursing a groin injury to start camp. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Maybe a sign of pent-up aggression?
Not so, insisted Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
After being limited to spectator status for three straight days due to groin tightness, Iginla joined his teammates for Wednesday's skate and intra-squad scrimmage and flexed his muscles early, shattering one of his Easton sticks on an attempted one-timer.
“Nothing you can do about an exploding stick. That's part of it,” Iginla said afterward, protesting a suggestion the crumpled composite was a result of a little extra enthusiasm.
“I was probably at the right level. I was excited to get out there.”
Everybody else was excited to see him.
As expected, Iginla was skating alongside centre-in-training Alex Tanguay on what will be Calgary's top line. Michael Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross split time on the left side.