Flames flip goalie Karlsson to the Blackhawks
With Leland Irving netting the backup job, the Calgary Tower became expendable
In a transaction with a different motivation than may meet the eye, the Calgary Flames have dealt goalie Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks.
In return, the Flames received Ottawa’s seventh-round pick (previously acquired by Chicago) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The six-foot-five Karlsson failed to earn a spot in the Calgary lineup in a heated training camp battle with goaltender Leland Irving.
Perhaps pencilled in higher than Irving on opening day, Karlsson, 29 faltered, especially in the last scrimmage before the final cuts.
Karlsson (nicknamed the Calgary Tower) appeared in 26 regular-season games with the Flames over the last two seasons. The Stockholm, Sweden native posted a 5-9-8 record with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage.
While the seventh-round pick is bonus, the motivation for the transaction, on Calgary’s part, is to free up another roster spot for future player signings. With the departure of Karlsson, the Flames sit at 48 players under NHL contract — two less than the limit of 50.
At the end of training camp, the Flames released defenceman Steve McCarthy from his professional tryout offer, but expressed interested in signing the former Atlanta Thrasher and Vancouver Canuck.
Another signing on the horizon is that of American world junior star Johnny Gaudreau out of Boston University.
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