Plenty of Updates

Flames GM Jay Feaster joined us on Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 Monday afternoon and gave us some good tidbits of information following Calgary’s 14 training camp cuts earlier in the day.  More than anything, the news items surrounded injuries with the team, as there were good news bits involving Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich.

It sounds like the captain is fairly close to returning to the lineup after he left the first practice of training camp with back spasms.  Iginla updated the situation a couple days later and we hadn’t heard much since then, so it was good to hear Feaster’s update Monday.

Jay Feaster on Sportsnet Radio

"He was feeling better today," Feaster told us.  "I’m not sure whether we’ll see him skate (Tuesday) with it being a game day for us, but certainly we would think he would be on the ice on Wednesday."

Apparently Iginla could have been on the ice even earlier, but Feaster revealed progress might have been delayed last week thanks to the nature of the captain’s drive.

"Because of the way Jarome is, he’s such a competitor and he’s such a team guy, he wants to be out there.  He started to feel a little bit better last week and of course, what he does is ‘I’m feeling a little better, I’m not quite ready to skate, but I’m going to do a punishing off ice workout,’ and he got a little bit of a setback as a result of that."

Cory Sarich has yet to skate in contact practices so far this training camp, as he’s been wearing the yellow no-contact jersey in recovery from a pelvic injury.  Thoughts that he might not be ready to start the regular season may not be as accurate as first thought, with Feaster updating that situation as well.

"He’s actually been cleared to practice now," Feaster told me.  "We’ll take the Tour de France jersey off of him and he can get back in and start going full contact."

Finally, the news sounds positive when it comes to the rest of the current Flames on the shelf.

"The guys with the groin injuries, Backlund and Jackman, and even Morrison who had tweaked his a little bit, those guys are getting better and are progressing nicely, no major concerns going on with them."

Feaster hopes those three could be back on the ice by the end of the week.  Knowing how injuries affected training camp one year ago, and consequently affected the start of the regular season, this seems to be rather welcome news.  Brett Carson is the only one who seems a little further away from returning.

"Carson is probably still a little bit away as far as his back," Feaster said.  "That’s a different situation than Jarome."

  • “Because of the way Jarome is, he’s such a competitor and he’s such a team guy, he wants to be out there. He started to feel a little bit better last week and of course, what he does is ‘I’m feeling a little better, I’m not quite ready to skate, but I’m going to do a punishing off ice workout,’ and he got a little bit of a setback as a result of that.”

    Jeepers Feaster, strap him to a frickin’ couch if you have to. If your number one start can’t skate because he has back spasms – how the hell do you let him to a “punishing off ice workout”. Cripes!

    Also – it is not encouraging to know that a “setback” was caused by an “off-ice workout”!

      • SmellOfVictory

        Maybe he tweaked it moving furniture or something. Who knows? I won’t be concerned until he actually starts missing significant time, because ’til now he’s been nigh indestructible (knock on wood).

  • Honestly, I am more worried by this little nagging crap than just one thing that we knew can or would heal. This is what decline looks like in an older player. We were all hoping he could do it again this year, but all these tiny nagging hurts will just slow him down. Especially a physical player like Jarome.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    If Henry makes the Flames this year, then Feaster deserves applause for trading away Seabrook for him. From what I saw in Seabrook, I don’t belileve he’ll ever be an NHLer. Jordan Henry will have surpassed a lot of guys to get a shot. Good for him, and good for the Flames.

  • Section205

    Given the injuries, here’s the lineup I’d like to see tonight:

    Glencross-Jokinen-Bourque

    Tanguay-Horak-Moss

    Hagman-Stajan-Stempniak

    Desbiens-Byron-Bouma

    Bouwmeester-Hannan

    Giordano-Butler

    Smith-Henry

    Kipper start 30mins

    Karlsson 30mins

    TKO and Babchuk can sit out so we get another look at Desbiens and Smith.

  • I think if Sarich and Carson both can’t go to start the regular season, the D-lineup should look like this:

    Giordano and Hannan
    Bouwmeester and Butler
    Babchuk and Henry

    That last pairing doesn’t sound great, but the first two pairings I think would work fine, and Sutter can help the last pairing out a little bit with some easier draws and offensive zone starts.

    • I’m happy for Ivanans, it’s great human news. But as you said, this is a test to see if they’ve changed. No way should Ivanans be on the active roster. They don’t need a player like Ivanans taking up a valuable roster spot.

  • Derzie

    I can’t help thinking of Larry Bird when his back took him down at the end of his career. I sure hope this is all smoke and mirrors but this is how age shows up. Things break down no matter how well tuned they are. Take the Crosby approach Jarome. Better to start the opener a bit rusty than to miss it being laid up.