There was no hesitation from Craig Conroy.
"Ready to roll," the Flames centre declared Monday after practice.
Conroy had missed the tail end of the season because of a torso injury but pronounced himself ready for action against the San Jose Sharks in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs which begin Wednesday in San Jose.
Conroy did not participate in all the practice drills but said he is feeling fine and probably could have played against Vancouver in the regular season finale if necessary. Instead, the Flames and Conroy decided more rest could only help the healing process.Round 1 playoff schedules
"I feel good and I am ready to get this started," said Conroy, the Flames second line centre who sees duty on power plays and penalty kills.
I feel good and I am ready to get this started - Flames centre Craig Conroy
He said with the type of injury he had, it gets better on a daily basis and not playing in Vancouver on Saturday gave him four more healing days.
"It's good when you can relax, regroup and get ready form the big one," said the smiling Conroy.
The first two games of the series are in San Jose on back-to-back nights -- Wednesday and Thursday. Both games start at 8 p.m. mountain time.
"We don't mind back-to-back," said Conroy. "It's going to be a challenge. We'll see how it turns out. We're looking for a split."
The Sharks finished second in the Western Conference and were a strong team in the second half of the season. However, the Flames won the season series 3-1.
"It's going to be a long series. It's going to be a battle," said Conroy. "If you give them time and space they roll. They've got a lot of guns. We want to be as physical as possible and not give up odd-man rushes," said Conroy.