Flames assistant GM Jay Feaster says a visit with the doctor last week got the gritty centre cleared for "light" skating, but Langkow is still unable to take contact or even lift weights with just a few weeks remaining before training camp opens at the Saddledome.
"It's hard to say exactly a timeline on it, but I think we're hoping that it's ready for camp," said Nathan Zaseybida, Langkow's agent. "Over the last couple of weeks, he's had big improvements, and that's pretty typical with the injury. It's just a sensation that he's having that needs to pass."
"...Everyone's being kind of extra cautious and making sure everything's 100% before we put him back on the ice taking contact."
- An update on the condition of centre Daymond Langkow via the Calgary Sun's Steve MacFarlane
Pelech looked down. His arm was puffy, swollen and dark blue from the shoulder all the way down to his hand.
Looking back, Pelech remembers feeling his arm go numb in the second period. But he simply figured the funny, tingly sensation came from a pinched nerve or a minor burner.
Dr. Reg Peters, an emergency room physician, was working the game that night. He took one look at the blue appendage and ordered Pelech to go straight to the Abbotsford hospital.
- Matt Pelech recalls the discovery of a blood clot that threatened his career and his life in a candid interview with the Herald's Vicki Hall
In the first big trade of the NHL offseason the Habs have settled on a goalie.
Habs send Jaroslav Halak to St Louis for D Lars Eller & F Ian Schultz
"He fills a role. I like Eric Nystrom, but fourth-line players on the first of August are $600,000 players.
"You have to prioritize. If you can get a star by spending that extra $300,000 to $400,000, that’s what you do."
- Sutter on Nystrom
On qualifying Kris Chucko:
"He had an injury filled year, he’s trying to reload again."
On potential buyouts:
"It’s not for public disclosure, but obviously, we didn’t do it today."
"Last season was not much to write home about, and this lack of success motivates me. One wants to show one’s worth it."
"The Sutter brothers, people with a lot of credibility around the NHL, wanted me there. But the team began coming together by about the middle of the season only. We weren’t playing bad hockey, in fact, we were fighting for the playoffs until the final rounds. It didn’t work out, and everybody’s hoping next season will be better. I mean, we’ve got a great team. The goalie is outstanding, the defence and the forwards aren’t too shabby, either. I just hope I’ll get enough chance to show my stuff and contribute."
"First and foremost, I will do my utmost to show the Calgarians I still have got what it takes, and then? We’ll see. I’m beginning to feel homesick a bit. It may very well happen that, once I’m done in Calgary, I’ll seriously consider coming home. Not only for professional reasons, personal reasons, also."
- Ales Kotalik in an interview with the Edmonton Journal
"He wasn’t anywhere near as good as he had to be for us to win, but he’s a young player. We forget that. This is his first year. I get frustrated with him. I expect more, because I’ve seen him give more."
-Playfair on Backlund, who scored one goal and eight assists in thirteen playoff games.
A psychiatric report says former NHL hockey prospect Daniel Ryder, who was declared unfit to stand trial after he was charged with armed robbery in January, is fighting severe mental illness.
CBC has obtained documents from the province's Mental Health Review Board that say Ryder had a serious psychotic episode in the fall of 2009 and his history of psychosis and mental illness started when he was 19.
The report also said Ryder, the younger brother of the Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder, has a history of substance abuse, with alcohol and marijuana.
...Daniel Ryder began seeing a psychiatrist in St. John's six months before the robbery.
The report says Ryder is responding well to treatment with a different anti-psychotic drug, but his progress is described as slow.
...Ryder is still a significant risk to public safety. He is allowed out of the Waterford hospital on passes in his family's care.
Not surprising and very sad, I hope he keeps getting the help he needs to get better.
When Jarome Iginla was asked what would happen if the Flames wanted to move him, he said this: "If they don't want me here and they want to move in a direction or rebuild or believed they could do better, I would look at it. Absolutely." Reaction around the league: He wants to go.
That and more about the Flames in Friedman's weekly feature; take it for what you will, I suppose.
"Do I think my best times are behind me? No, I don’t. I’ve been in a lot of tough spots before, tough stretches. This one is hard because we need it as a team."
"You break it down . . . we have a great goalie, our defence is really good, our fourth line is solid, our third line we could put with anybody, our second line is playing well, our first line . . . I’m going to be around 70 points and it’s not enough. You compare it to the other top teams, there’s maybe one or two in each conference that get in producing like that.
"This year we go 10 games without winning, we were in how many one-goal games? Our power-play, our top line, whatever . . . we need to do more. I’d say that was probably the biggest thing from us being higher. I accept that."
-Iggy in an interview with the Flames Insider today
Daymond Langkow walked past reporters minus a brace on his neck. The veteran centreman is expected to address the media on Wednesday. No word on a possible return date, but it appears he's OK.
In other health news, Christopher Higgins walked past reporters Tuesday minus a boot on his injured foot. Curtis Glencross (knee) appears to still be limping, but he’s no longer on crutches.