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No date set for Daymond Langkow’s return to Calgary

Daymond Langkow

Calgary Flames center Daymond Langkow warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Zalubowski

Daymond Langkow’s recovery from a neck injury suffered last season is progressing slowly. Sportsnet reports that no timetable has been set for Langkow’s return to the ice as he rehabilitates a broken bone in his neck suffered after taking a slapshot from teammate Ian White in a game against the Wild in March.

Langkow is the guy generally looked to to be the team’s number two centerman, but Matthew Stajan will look to jump into that role now for the Flames while Langkow looks to get back to action. With Olli Jokinen back in the mix as the De facto top center on a line with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla, the pressure is somewhat off of Stajan to fill those shoes on the second line, but certainly the Flames can’t afford to lose depth.

Expect rookie forward Mikael Backlund to also perhaps see his chances increase in Calgary as well with Langkow out indefinitely. The Flames could use a dose of youth on their roster and a talent like Backlund could be what they need.