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Craig Conroy won't have to travel far to play his first game with his new team. A walk across the hallway at Pengrowth Saddledome is all it will take.

Conroy is expected to play his first game with the Calgary Flames in almost three years Tuesday when they host his former team, the Los Angeles Kings.

The Flames (26-17-6) acquired the 35-year-old Conroy from the Kings on Monday in exchange for center Jamie Lundmark, a fourth-round pick in this year's entry draft and a second-round selection in 2008.

Conroy had five goals and 11 assists in 52 games with Los Angeles (17-29-6) this season. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kings in July 2004 after three-plus seasons with Calgary.

"He's a proven, veteran player with intangibles," Flames general manager Darryl Sutter told the team's official Web site. "I think there has been something missing from our team to be honest. I think that this will alleviate some of the attention that Daymond Langkow now gets."

Conroy's most productive season came with the Flames in 2001-02, when he set career highs with 27 goals, 48 assists and 75 points. He also had seven power-play goals and four game-winners.

Conroy was Jarome Iginla's linemate for most of his time in Calgary and the two figure to be reunited when Iginla returns from a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last 10 games. Iginla had the best season of his career in 2001-02, collecting 52 goals, 44 assists and 96 points with Conroy as his center.

"There's no doubt he worked well with Jarome," Sutter said.

The addition of Conroy should give the Flames two very strong top lines, particularly now that Alex Tanguay, Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow have heated up.

Iginla skated Thursday for the first time since the injury and hopes to back within a week. The Flames, who are 6-2-2 since Iginla was injured, are one point behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver.

Tanguay had a goal and two assists while Huselius and Langkow each scored one goal and set up another in Calgary's 4-3 overtime loss Sunday at Chicago.

Huselius has six goals and seven assists during a nine-game point streak. Langkow has five goals and eight assists in his last 11 contests while Tanguay has three goals and two assists in his past four games.

The trade of Conroy may signal the Kings are preparing for next season. They own the worst record in the Western Conference and only Philadelphia (29) has fewer points in the NHL.

Los Angeles allowed two third-period goals Saturday and lost for the seventh time in eight games, 4-3 at Edmonton.

"We let them take the game to us and it looked like we were only hoping to win," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We weren't prepared to give the commitment that we needed to have. If you want to win in this league you have to give much more effort than we did in the third."

Sean Burke, who turned 40 Monday, has performed well in three straight starts in net for Los Angeles. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.56 goals-against average.

Rookie center Anze Kopitar has three goals and two assists in three games against the Flames. Kopitar leads all rookies with 31 assists and is second with 44 points.

Calgary has won two of three meetings with Los Angeles this season, and is 6-1-1 in the last eight home matchups.

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