Knee injury sidelines Flames centre Brendan Morrison another two to three weeks

CALGARY – Calgary Flames centre Brendan Morrison will be sidelined for another two to three weeks with a knee injury.

Morrison injured his left knee last week in Chicago where he was pinned awkwardly into the end boards by Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson in the third period. Morrison has already missed two games.

“Brendan has been re-evaluated by Flames head team physician Dr. Kelly Brett and there is still swelling in the knee,” Flames acting GM Jay Feaster said in an statement.

“It will require two to three weeks for the swelling to resolve, at which time he will be evaluated again.”

Morrison’s absence created a hole at centre on Calgary’s top line that includes wingers Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.

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Head coach Brent Sutter shifted Tanguay to centre and promoted winger Rene Bourque to that line in Friday’s 4-3 win over Columbus. In Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Nashville, David Moss played centre for Iginla and Tanguay.

Morrison was a pleasant surprise for the Flames this season. The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract in October after he was released by the Vancouver Canucks and worked his way up Calgary’s depth chart.

Morrison has contributed nine goals and 32 assists this season, but his defensive play stood out with a team-leading plus-13 rating.