The question nearly stumped Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter.

Would he consider keeping Michael Cammalleri at centre when some of the clubs injured men of the middle, notably Mikael Backlund and Blair Jones, return to action?

"I haven't got that far with it. I'm just thinking about our next game with the team we do have," Sutter said while soaking up some Los Angeles sunshine following the club's practice Friday afternoon. "When guys start coming back, we'll have to see. I'm really comfortable with Cammy there. I really think he can handle it."

Besides, the coach pointed out, both Jones and Backlund are likely out until the end of March.

"By then, Cammy may have six weeks of being a centre and might be the top centre in the National Hockey League," Sutter said with a laugh.

That would be a pie-in-the-sky dream for the Flames, but Cammalleri has fared remarkably well after a couple of games at centre.

Then again, it's not like he's completely new to the position. He just hasn't played it with any regularity since the 2004-05 season, then with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.