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Flames Today: 18.09.11

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

IGGY MISSES SKATE

Jarome Iginla
On Saturday, Flames captain Jarome Iginla left practice with back spasms, telling the assembled media it wasn't a serious issue and he wasn't concerned.


"It's nothing I haven't had before," he shrugged. "I've had them during the season over the years at different times."

Iginla did not skate on Sunday as he was still suffering from spasms. Head coach Brent Sutter dismissed any worry that the captain would miss an extended period of time, saying keeping Iginla out of practice was a precautionary move.

"It's two days into camp. There's no pressure on anybody to be out there skating if they're not 100 per cent," said Sutter. "He's fine. He'll be fine. We're just making sure we handle it the right way."

Rookie Max Reinhart has missed the past two days of training camp but Sutter was quick to note he'd be back in action this week.

"He's going to start skating tomorrow," he said. "He'll skate with three or four other guys. He hasn't been part of practice for a few days but we'll get him going again after tomorrow."

LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCKER ROOM

Mark Giordano
With former assistant captain Robyn Regehr gone, rumours have swirled as to who will don the 'A' this season.

Many believe Mark Giordano will take over that role but when the topic came up on Sunday afternoon, the blueliner pointed out there are plenty of other candidates on the team.

"I haven't really thought about it too much. It's a decision made by coaches and management. I think we have a ton of guys in the room who are leaders. Letters or no letters, we're all given that responsibility."

Giordano firmly believes each member of the team is able to contribute to that collective leadership but knows the veterans will have to have to step up to the plate in light of the Regehr trade.

"There's a lot of guys in that room who lead and all of us have to lead in different ways. Some guys are more vocal, some guys do it through their play," he said. "Sarichy, picking up a guy like Hannan and there's a lot of guys who have been around for awhile and are good leaders.

"I think, as a group, the most important thing is to stay tight and everyone lead in their own way."

For the first two skates, Giordano has been paired with new Flame Scott Hannan. With Sarich sidelined with a lower body ailment, many believe the duo will start the season as defensive partners.

"We'll see how camp goes," Giordano said. "He's obviously been around for a long time. He's a great shutdown guy, a lot like Reggie. Just playing with him the first few practices, skating with him, you can see he reads the play really well. He's very smart and has a very good stick actually, breaking up a lot of 2-on-1's and 3-on-2's."

LINES FROM SUNDAY'S SESSIONS

Group A

Bancks - Moss - Bourque
Elson - Stajan - Jackman
Meyer - Wahl/Laing - Cameron
Hagman - Bouma - Holland

Group B

Baertschi - Backlund - Armstrong
Tanguay - Byron - Kostopoulos
Howse - Horak - Desbiens
Grantham - Dowling - Severyn

Group C

Nemisz - Jokinen - Ferland
Glencross - Sylvester - Stempniak
Letourneau-Leblond - Walter - Rheault
MacMillan - Patterson - Gal

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