Simon remains very coy

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET


 Truth, they say, is the first casualty of war.

 The same can be said of the Stanley Cup playoffs when information is often guarded as if it's a matter of national security.

 Especially when it comes to injuries.

 Chris Simon has played the cloak and dagger game so long, he could safeguard the Caramilk secret without much problem.

 The Flames power forward, out with an undisclosed 'lower body injury' since Game 3 of the opening round, has been back on skates since Thursday.

 Encouraging news to be sure but Simon wouldn't disclose if he'd be back in the lineup for tonight's Game 6.

 "We're not saying specifically what the injury is," Simon said. "It's lower body and it's coming along. I'm not 100 percent yet but I don't think anybody is out there right now the way the game's being played. A lot of guys are banged up.

 "Right now, it's feeling better every day. I think it'll be a day-to-day thing and we'll go from there."

 Simon began skating Thursday when he went for a quick tour around the SAIT Campus Centre Arena.

 And, even though it's only been a few days, he said he's noticed an improvement.

 "I feel better every day I skate. I'm getting more movement.

 "I just have to keep working hard in practice every day and when I get the call, be ready to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team."

 Sitting on the sidelines during the Flames' improbable playoff run hasn't been easy for the 6-ft. 3-in., 232-pounder.

 But it's easier watching your team win as opposed to sitting through loss after loss wondering if you could have been the difference.

 "It's always tough watching your team out competing and battling hard," Simon said. "You wish you could be out there helping them out but the guys have been playing really hard.

 "It's been really stressful watching the games but I'm glad we've had some success here."

 Flames coach/GM Darryl Sutter acquired Simon with the mindset of having the big winger creating havoc in the post-season. The 32-year-old knows he's tailor-made for the kind of hockey played in May.

 "I always play the same way," he said. "It's physical and a hard grind during the playoffs and I find that fits my style of game."


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