CALGARY, AB --
At the beginning of March, it appeared forward David Moss
was on pace for a career season.
Playing on both the wing and at center throughout the season, Moss had managed to overcome an injury-plagued start to his 2010-11 campaign and post 17 goals and 13 helpers through 58 games. He was just three tallies and nine points short of his previous career highs and thanks to his tremendous play, topping those numbers looked almost certain.
Then, during a routine drill during practice, that all came to a screeching halt.
Moss made a turn and his skate blade caught a rut in the ice. He immediately limped off the ice while his teammates and the coaching staff wrung their hands, their anxiety palatable.
Moss had been key in the Flames mid-season turnaround and with only a month left in the regular season, his on-ice contributions were desperately needed. The 29 year-old was also being counted on to fill the void up the middle after Brendan Morrison suffered a season-ending knee injury on Mar. 2.
It turned out the innocent spill would end his year - and, some might argue, the Flames playoff hopes as well - as he had suffered an ankle injury.
"It was frustrating, for sure," Moss said. "For that to happen during a practice ... it's a freak accident. But I'm feeling 100 per cent now. My ankle feels great. I've been skating for about a month now and I'm happy to be back."
Getting healthy was a process Moss hadn't anticipated taking so long. He had hoped, if the Flames had made the postseason, he could come back in the first round but after a summer filled with rehab, he realizes now that it wasn't a possibility.
"I felt good throughout the summer but wasn't until the last month that I was fully healthy," he said. "It wasn't until July that I hit that 100 per cent mark, to be honest. It took a lot longer to heal that I thought it would."
Moss has kicked his training into high gear, pushing himself more than he usually would before training camp starts, and is anxiously awaiting the start of the season.
"Last year, for the most part, was a good year. I want to build off that and like I do every year, I want to improve. I don't set numbers to hit or anything like that - I just want to get better."Follow Torie Peterson on Twitter | @ToriePeterson