It seems like it’s been ages since we’ve discussed the difficult road to recovery for Calgary Flames center Daymond Langkow. Yet the Flames passed along a rare bit of positive news: the useful forward has been cleared to resume light workouts while he tries to return after a scary broken vertebrate injury.
The most recent update on his possible return comes from Steve MacFarlane of QMI in the Toronto Sun, who writes that Langkow could be ready to play in actual NHL action in two to three months.
That would line up deep into the playoffs, which indicates that a 2011-12 return would be far more realistic. Of course, with an injury as serious as the one Langkow suffered in March 2010, it’s also possible that he might be forced into retirement.
For now, Flames players are just happy to see Langkow back around practice, being “one of the guys” again.
What Langkow is rediscovering now is a bond with teammates who haven’t seen much of him since he shut down his on-ice activity early this season in his attempt to return from a fractured vertebra at the base of his neck — the result of an Ian White slapshot that hit him as he fell awkwardly during a game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul last March.
“It’s great,” said Moss, who skated with Langkow early in the year as he was rehabilitating from an injury of his own early this season. “Personally, I’ve known Langks for a long time and he’s a good friend. You miss guys like that around the room and on the road trips.
“When he’s around, I think all the guys love seeing him and like to see he’s doing better.”
Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.
Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.
Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.
The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.
It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.
That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.
“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”
Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.
“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.
“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”
Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.
As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.
He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.
His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.
Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.