Originally scheduled to be in the lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks after missing eight straight with the injury, Cammalleri and the team have decided to wait an extra few days to get his legs back under him.
"[I] talked to coach [Bob Hartley] about it," Cammalleri said. "I really only had one practice in the last few weeks, real practice. [I] just came back from having been away for a couple days. It was maybe more a fact of we want guys coming back in the lineup ready to help the team and get their legs under them a little bit. I'm OK with that."
Cammalleri sustained the concussion in Calgary's 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 11 and has skated with the team just a handful of times since.
He's now expected back Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
"Let's remember that he was out for almost three weeks," Hartley said. "The last couple of days he was away from the team attending personal things. I had a good talk with [Cammalleri] and we're all on the same page. We're doing what's best, once again, for the player because what's best for the player is what's best for the team."
Without the 31-year-old, Calgary has won three straight to kick off a five-game stint at Scotiabank Saddledome that will close the home portion of the Flames' pre-Olympic schedule. Their record, however, had no bearing on the decision to hold out Cammalleri.
"We will never put a player at risk," Hartley said. "We're playing well but we could be 0-3 and my mindset would be exactly the same."
"We were scheduled to talk right before practice and I shared a few thoughts with him and he did the same and that's where we made the decision," he said. "We didn't even wait for after the skate. We thought it was the best and now I need to re-think our lineup a little bit."
Here are the projected lineups for the Sharks and Flames: