Injured players talkin' the talk

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET


 Injured Calgary Flames forward Steven Reinprecht may be sidelined but he has still managed to be an impact player this post-season.

 Out of action with a fractured left shoulder, Reinprecht -- who won a Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche -- is shouldering some credit for the Flames' successful playoff run.

 Along with the rest of the Flames' injury corps, Reinprecht watches games from the press box, which gives him a unique perspective on the action.

 "The guys who are injured and sitting out get to watch from the press box and see things, then we talk to the guys and communicate what we see," said Reinprecht, a veteran of 50 NHL playoff games.

 "We just help out where we can. When you're sitting up top, it's an easy game. There's things you don't see when you're on the ice and you try to help out with it."

 Communication between Reinprecht and his teammates usually occurs between games rather than between periods.

 Reinprecht and Dean McAmmond, out with a severely sore back, are both lending their experience to the club.

 Denis Gauthier, out with torn knee ligaments, is also helping out despite his limited playoff experience.

 Also giving advice are Toni Lydman and Matthew Lombardi, both out with suspected concussions, Lynn Loyns, out with torn ankle ligaments, and fellow playoff newcomers Brent Krahn, Brennan Evans and Martin Sonnenberg.

 "It's tough when you can't be out there with the guys battling," said Reinprecht. "But we can help out in other ways and this is one of the ways.

 "I know Gauthier, myself and Deano and (Chris) Simon, when he was out, are helping out."


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