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BLOG: Setoguchi getting settled with Flames

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

WINNIPEG, MB -- While the offence hasn't been there for Devin Setoguchi in the pre-season, the Flames winger is starting to feel settled with his new team.

"Everything has been going good," Setoguchi said after the morning skate in Winnipeg. "I had a little setback – a little groin [injury] – about a week ago but other than that it’s starting to feel a little bit better with the systems and stuff

"Obviously there is still room for improvement – it’s still pre-season. We have pretty much two full lineups tonight I think so it’s going to be a pretty good gauge on who is ready to go."

Setoguchi, who played 75 games with the Jets last year, sees this season as a fresh start, a chance to get his game back to the level it was at earlier in his career.

The 27-year-old has appreciated Bob Hartley's up-tempo practices and the organization's mandate on hard work and the atmosphere around the team has given him a boost heading into the regular season.

"I’m feeling good. I’m just excited to push forward here," he smiled.

"The one thing with this organization – if you haven’t noticed – this is probably the hardest working team – one of them – that I’ve ever been a part of, that’s for sure. All the way from our captain and down the line. We practice hard, we go for a while and I think that was something I needed back in my game so it’s been going good."

This will be Setoguchi's fifth pre-season game this fall and while exhibition games are beneficial, he's looking forward to the regular season next week.

"[The pre-season] gets longer and longer every year. A lot of guys go down with injuries. It gets long but it’s nice to wind down and get to know the guys more. I went a good solid ten days without seeing a couple of the guys around different squads it’s nice to see everybody again."

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