Miikka Kiprusoff didn’t make the trip to Minnesota.

But the veteran Calgary Flames goaltender did take a step forward in his recovery from an MCL sprain.

Kiprusoff was on the ice with a handful of teammates for part of Monday’s optional skate.

And Flames head coach Bob Hartley liked what he saw.

“He’s feeling some pucks,” Hartley said. “Clint (Malarchuk, the goaltending coach,) is working with him around his crease.”

Kiprusoff originally hurt his knee Feb. 5 in Detroit.

He tried to practise two weeks ago, but he experienced pain when he went into the butterfly position.

Doctors re-examined the knee and found the strain was more severe than originally diagnosed.

“Our medical staff is good with how he’s progressing, and Miikka feels good,” Hartley said. “He just needs a little bit more time. We know what Miikka represents for the entire organization. There’s no sense putting any of our players at risk out there. We want to keep moving forward.”