Secrecy surrounds Regehr's status

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:02 PM ET


 TAMPA -- One by one, the Calgary Flames filed off their bus.

 Having just arrived in Tampa for the Stanley Cup finale, each and every member of the team made the walk from the transportation to the hotel.

 All except one very important part of Calgary's Cup hopes.

 Robyn Regehr's silhouette could be seen through the tinted windows but he remained on the bus when it pulled away from the gathered media, a bit of subterfuge on the eve of the biggest game of the season. Whether an apparent foot/ankle problem keeps him out of tonight's Game 7 remains to be seen.

 "I am not willing to tell you anything regarding his status," said Flames GM-head coach Darryl Sutter of Regehr, who left the Saddledome with the aid of a soft cast Saturday night. "What do you want me to say? ... I don't know if he will play."

 His teammates are expecting the rugged defenceman, a perennial ice-time leader, to suit up. After all, this is the winner-take-all game for the championship.

 "Oh, we think Robyn will be playing," said captain Jarome Iginla. "I can't really say much as, you know, how well that goes, and whether they call it a charley horse or something he had, I am not sure. Yeah, I am not allowed. I wish I could share everything."

 Regehr finished Saturday's game; in fact, he was on the ice when Martin St. Louis scored the winner in double overtime.

 His replacement would be Mike Commodore, a healthy scratch the last couple of games with Toni Lydman's return.

 "He'll be playing," Commodore said of Regehr. "I'm sure he'll be playing. There's nothing I've heard for me to think I'll play."

 Not that Commodore would mind.

 After all, this is the game every hockey player dreams of playing.

 "This what it's all about. It's what you dream about when you're playing road hockey," he said. "If I get the opportunity to play, it's a dream come true."


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