Moss pleased to put injury-laden season in the rear-view mirror
CALGARY, AB -- When asked about the 2011-12 season - personally and looking at the team as a whole - forward David Moss could only come up with one word to describe it.
"Frustrating," he sighed. "Being injured for most of it and having surgery. It was a frustrating year. It's always frustrating when you don't make the playoffs."
The 30 year-old was limited to a mere 32 games this season after suffering a couple of lower body injuries that eventually forced him to undergo surgery.
He blocked a shot in Buffalo on Nov. 4 and missed one game. On Nov. 12, he was hit hard in a game against the Colorado Avalanche and that would end up being the last game he would play until March rolled around.
After the game against the Avs, doctors diagnosed Moss with a hair-line fracture in his foot. He would need surgery to ensure that it would not become an issue that would plague him for the rest of his career so in December, he went through with the operation.
His recovery was a lengthy process. While he was able to participate in some dry-land training, he didn't hit the ice until late February. After he got a few skates in, he informed the doctors and trainers he was feeling great and felt he was close to being able to return. With the team decimated by injuries and Moss feeling confident in his abilities, he rejoined the team on Mar. 1 in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The coaching staff held him to 12:34 of ice time in his first game in over three months and while he wasn't able to put up any points that night against the Coyotes, he did manage five shots on net.
His play progressed quite nicely from that point and Moss recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the next 16 games. However, his season would come to end on Mar. 31 in Vancouver.
His foot was bothering him and rather than chance re-aggravating his injury any further, he and the coaching staff chose to keep him out of the final two games of the season.
The Livonia, MI native is set to become a UFA on July 1 and while he isn't sure what direction the Flames will go during the off-season, he would like to stay in Calgary.
"Obviously I like it here," he said. "I like playing here. I'd love to come back so we'll see.
"At the end of the season, you have more time to think about things. I'm sure I'll be talking with Jay (Feaster) in the next few days before I go home for the summer and see what they are thinking."