CALGARY, AB -- On Monday morning, Flames forwards Mike Cammalleri (hip flexor, day-to-day) and Sven Baertschi (hip flexor, week-to-week) skated with the team during an optional game day practice.
While neither will be in the lineup tonight, it's a very positive step for a team riddled by injuries. Cammalleri, Baertschi and Mikael Backlund (lower body) - the team's second line at the start of the season - have all been sidelined recently and if Cammalleri and Baertschi are able to get back into games in the near future, their return should provide an offensive boost for the club.
Cammalleri was retroactively placed on the injured reserve (Feb. 5) and, if he is medically cleared, is eligible to play on Wednesday against the Dallas Stars. The team will continue to evaluate him over the next two days to determine if he is indeed ready to suit up.
"He's getting much better," head coach Bob Hartley said of the winger. "He's getting closer.
"Whenever you see players on the ice, it's always a good sign. We will never put players with the team in a situation where we feel that our medical staff wouldn't be good with this. Cammy is doing better but he will not be in the lineup tonight."
Baertschi, who began skating last week while the team was on the road, hit the ice in a no-contact jersey this morning. His status - week-to-week - remains the same but the organization is pleased with the strides he has made recently.
"We're happy with where he's at," Hartley said. "He was good yesterday (too). I gave him a good little fry on ice and he responded well. Today, we're going to ramp it up again."
Miikka Kiprusoff (lower body) and Lance Bouma (knee) are also on the injured reserve.