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Brodie re-joins practice, nearing return

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

NEW YORK, NY -- Calgary Flames defenceman TJ Brodie is back to practicing with the main group.

Brodie, who sustained a broken bone in his right hand blocking a shot in a pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers, returned to practice alongside teammates as the Flames prepared for Sunday’s game versus the New York Rangers on Sunday.

His return is nearing.

“It’s feeling good,” said Brodie following the skate at Madison Square Garden. “Doing some stuff, I can still feel it a little bit. I think it’s one of those things that sometimes, with pain, you don’t stop, you keep going and pursue it.

“I definitely want to get back sooner than later. At the same time, I want to make sure it’s solid and it’s not going to happen again. It’s definitely up to the doctors.”

The 25-year-old was originally expected out for three-to-six weeks.

He’s had to sit idly by as the Flames have slumped to a 2-5-0 start to the season, including a franchise-worst four straight losses from the start of the season at Scotiabank Saddledome -- a skid snapped Friday in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Detroit Red Wings.

“It’s tough to watch,” Brodie said. “You want to be out there. Hopefully that win the other night can help them get on a streak here.”

Though Brodie has resumed regular practice, there’s no updated timetable for his return.

“We haven’t circled that date and said, ‘Here it is,’” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “The good news is this is the next step. You progress and now he’s with the team, skating with the team, getting those reps. That’s good news. Not ready to say, ‘Lets target this game or that game.’ But it’s closer than it was yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow is closer than it was today. He’s on the right path.”

Brodie set new career highs in goals (11), assists (30) and points (41) last season.

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