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Flames veteran Iginla misses practice

Associated Press When the Calgary Flames finally had their first practice of the season at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Jarome Iginla watched from the owners’ box. Iginla rested Sunday with a groin injury, but the Flames said the move is precautionary. “We told Jarome that we didn’t want him to skate today,” General Manager Jay Feaster said. “We said that we won’t get any points this week, but next Sunday we’d like to pick up two. “It’s nothing that we’re concerned about. It’s just that we don’t want to push right now when we don’t think there’s a reason to do that.” With the Flames set to open the season with back-to-back home games against San Jose next Sunday and Anaheim the following day, coach Bob Hartley said he didn’t want to take any chances with Iginla. But he expects Iginla to be cleared to get back on the ice with his teammates shortly. “He wanted to go because he’s the captain,” said Hartley, who told Iginla that he didn’t want him to start training camp until he felt 100 percent. “He reacted very professionally. If it had been any other player, we would have done exactly the same thing. We’re going to do what’s best for them because what’s best for them is best for the organization.” Iginla said he understands why he’s being kept out until he can handle full-contact practices. “I’m just trying to be ready because, if you saw practice today, it was pretty intense,” Iginla said. “It’s a slight pull. I want to be ready as soon as I can be. It’s hard to watch.” Forward Alex Tanguay said he fully expects Iginla to be ready to play in Sunday’s home opener. “When you have nagging injuries, you certainly don’t want to make it worse,” Tanguay said. “Going through a skate like this, you better be ready.”

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