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Injured Flames healing up

Several injured players are eyeing their return to the lineup

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers /

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are getting good news on the injury front. 

A day after rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk declared himself ready to return from a cut on the wrist that sidelined him for two games, Kris Versteeg resumed skating for the first time since sustaining a groin injury in a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 3.

"He's doing better," Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's better than we hoped for [Versteeg]. Hopefully. Everybody knows these things can take a while."

Versteeg, who has missed four games, skated in advance of Flames' practice Monday.

Linden Vey, who missed practice Sunday after he was hit with a slap shot late in the Flames' 4-1 loss against the New York Rangers on Saturday, also re-joined the team at practice Monday.

Vey was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

"That's optimistic," Gulutzan said. "He took that shot at the end of the game. Went through everything yesterday. He seems to be fine. Skated today. No problems there. Just getting back on the ice." 

Michael Frolik was absent from practice because of maintenance after taking a bump in a contact drill late in practice Sunday.

He leads the Flames with five goals and 10 points.

"Maintenance day for [Frolik]," Gulutzan confirmed. "He had a maintenance day today. You saw it in practice yesterday. He had a maintenance day today."

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