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Flames Injury Update: 27.12.11

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

COLUMBUS, OH -- On Tuesday morning, Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster announced Alex Tanguay's status now sits as week-to-week rather than day-to-day and noted the winger may not play at all on the team's current road swing.

Tanguay, who did not make the trip, is suffering from an upper body injury he sustained on Dec. 20 in the Flames 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

"Whether we see him on the back end of the trip or not, I don't know," Feaster admitted. "Certainly he's not on the trip and he won't be with us here for the initial part of the trip."

David Moss, who looked to be on the cusp of returning to action a few weeks ago when he started skating with the team, has suffered a setback and has underwent surgery for a hairline fracture in his left ankle.

"At this point in time, we're not putting a time frame on his return so we're listing him as out indefinitely," the general manager stated. "It was a successful surgery and we'll just see how he progresses."

On the bright side, the sick bay looks to lose a few a members shortly as blueliners Anton Babchuk and Brett Carson did accompany the team on the trip. Out of the two defenceman, Babchuk is most likely to suit up for a game while the team is on the road as Carson is still navigating through the rehab process to see how his body responds to intense skating.

"He's someone we're hopeful will be able to play at some point on the trip," Feaster said of Babchuk.

Another defenceman making strides is Mark Giordano. The Flames have been quite happy with how the 28 year-old has progressed but Feaster said nailing down an estimated time for his return is impossible.

"The doctors have been pleased as he he has been skating. So now it's a matter of pushing that a little bit more every time he goes out, ramping it up a little bit.

"Just the fact that he's skating, it's good news."

Netminder Henrik Karlsson, who is sitting on the injured reserve with a high-grade MCL tear, will start skating with a brace in the near future. He won't able to drills specfic to his craft at first as he needs to focus on getting comfortable skating but the doctors are quite pleased with his recovery.

Forward Matt Stajan also did not make the trip. He was placed on the injured reserve with an ankle sprain earlier this month.

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