Just three days removed from surgery to repair an abdominal tear, a relaxed Olli Jokinen chatted openly Friday about the medical troubles that dogged him in the final month of the Calgary Flames' NHL season.

"It started hurting in early March," Calgary's second-leading scorer said via telephone. "Sometimes, as a player, you don't really want to complain before it really hurts. So it got to the point that it really started affecting my skating and faceoffs and that sort of stuff."

The status of Jokinen's health proved a hot topic at the Saddledome before the Flames took off for yet another long off-season of questions. At the time, he refused to discuss his injury trouble.

On Friday, the Flames issued a rare off-season medical up date via news release to tell the world Jokinen successfully went under the knife Tuesday in Philadelphia. A full recovery is expected in three to four weeks.

The release also delved into the history of the injury. According to the Flames, Jokinen first revealed the nagging pain to the team on March 22 when Calgary played the Minnesota Wild.