In the Nick of Time?

Pat Steinberg
October 12 2010 01:47PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames waits for a face off against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

One day after his injury status was upgraded to week-to-week, Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan was back on the ice taking part in full practice this morning.  He traded in the yellow "no contact" jersey for a regular, black practice jersey and seems to be very close to making a full return to the Flames lineup.

Here are the lines from Tuesday's practice:

Alex Tanguay-Olli Jokinen-Jarome Iginla
Niklas Hagman-Matt Stajan-Brendan Morrison
Curtis Glencross-Mikael Backlund-Tim Jackman
Craig Conroy-Stefan Meyer-Brett Sutter

Stajan hasn't played since the first game of the preseason when he suffered a seperated shoulder in Vancouver.  He was listed as out indefinetely for most of his time on the shelf, but the word seems to be that Stajan is a gametime decision for Thursday night at home to the Florida Panthers.

Head Coach Brent Sutter said he was "really close" to returning, and will be evaluated closely over the next couple days with a determination to be made on gameday.  It wouldn't be surprising to see the Flames recall a forward from the American Hockey League, but it may only be for precautionary reasons.  If it were to happen, I'd expect it to be on Thursday morning sometime, ahead of their game with the Panthers.

Regardless, it's good news.  Forward Rene Bourque was not on the ice this morning and left the rink early with skates in hand.  It has yet to be confirmed, but the speculation is he's suffering from a concussion.  At this point, all the team has said is that it's a potential head injury, which is to be expected.

On another note, there wasn't any immediate indication as to who will replace Adam Pardy on the Flames blueline.  It'll either be Cory Sarich or Steve Staios, and I'd lean towards the former.  I think Sarich has shown a solid positional game through the preseason and has some familiarity with T.J. Brodie, as he spent time with him through training camp.

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#1 Red Mile
October 12 2010, 02:05PM
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Hagman, Stajan and Morrison. Okay it's not the scariest second line in the NHL but it's pretty good. Looking forward to Stajan's return, he'll meet or beat peoples expectations this year.

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#2 Canucks Suck
October 12 2010, 03:20PM
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good to hear, hope he's back soon and good to go.

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#3 FireOnIce
October 12 2010, 03:21PM
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Speaking of Abbotsford...

http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/home/videos.d95a0647-1454-46e1-823a-9efc5f8abf12.html

God help us if we ever call Irving up

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#4 Kent Wilson
October 12 2010, 03:37PM
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That's really good news.

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#6 dotfras
October 12 2010, 04:18PM
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Wow that Irving goal is a complete fail. Anyone else notice Greiss is on waivers.......We all know Darryl loves SJ goalies.

I think it'd be a solid pick up.

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#7 Domebeers.com
October 12 2010, 05:01PM
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It's amazing how fast your shoulder heals when Darryl Sutter reminds you he gave you 15 million dollars in the offseason.

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#8 Greg
October 12 2010, 06:28PM
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That just reeks of being rushed back. If he's actually ready, then great. But if not... sheesh, it's not playoffs yet. I'd rather give a guy like Rheault a shot than start rushing back walking wounded players before we're even a few games under .500.

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#9 marty
October 12 2010, 07:06PM
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if stajan stays healthy i say within 3 weeks he and joker will switch lines. i've mentioned to my jewish friend pat i don't think stajan is an elite centre but i think he is better suited with iggy and tangs and joker is better with hags bork (who right now is morrison) but we will see. either way i miss cammy

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#10 CP is GARBAGE
October 12 2010, 10:24PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

Speaking of Abbotsford...

http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/home/videos.d95a0647-1454-46e1-823a-9efc5f8abf12.html

God help us if we ever call Irving up

Well you know, it takes goalies longer to develope.

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#11 SS
October 12 2010, 10:41PM
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marty wrote:

if stajan stays healthy i say within 3 weeks he and joker will switch lines. i've mentioned to my jewish friend pat i don't think stajan is an elite centre but i think he is better suited with iggy and tangs and joker is better with hags bork (who right now is morrison) but we will see. either way i miss cammy

Actually the second line could work good with Morrison distributing the puck to Joker and Hagman. The Finns have a bit of chemistry too. Stajan would probably fit better with Iggy and Tanguay; he can finish decent enough and can pass off too. Not to mention he's better in the faceoff circle than Jokinen.

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#12 KingJafi
October 13 2010, 09:24AM
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Awesome! What underdeveloped prospect can we finally send down (and in the process hopefully salvage his career)?

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#13 Bustmeester
October 13 2010, 11:45AM
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Thats great news we really need him back.

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