Update: Flames rookie Sven Baertschi sent back to AHL

 

 
 
 
 
The Calgary Flames have demoted Sven Baertschi to the Abbotsford Heat, of the American Hockey League.
 

The Calgary Flames have demoted Sven Baertschi to the Abbotsford Heat, of the American Hockey League.

Photograph by: Gerry Thomas, NHLI via Getty Images

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LOS ANGELES - The Calgary Flames have demoted Sven Baertschi to the Abbotsford Heat, of the American Hockey League.

Baertschi, 20, left the Staples Center with a long face Saturday morning. The top prospect in the Flames organization could join the Heat in time for Sunday’s road game against the Rochester Americans.

In 10 games with Calgary this season, Baertschi has collected no goals and one assist.

"I want hockey to be fun for him again," general manager Jay Feaster said. "I want him to get on top of his game. I want him to play in every situation. He’ll go down there. He’ll play a lot of minutes. They’re starving for the kind of creativity and goal-scoring ability that he has right now in Abbotsford

"He’s going to kill penalties. He’s going to play on the power-play. As I told him today, I want the game to be fun for him again. I want him to be able to do it away from the glare of the spotlight and the expectations in the National Hockey League.

The first-round (13th overall) pick of the Flames in 2011 suffered a neck injury with "concussion-like symptoms" in the minors in late November and then missed a month in Calgary with a hip-flexor injury.

His departure spells the return of C Mikael Backlund to the lineup tonight against Los Angeles for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Feb 7 against Columbus.

vhall@calgaryherald.com

 
 
 
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The Calgary Flames have demoted Sven Baertschi to the Abbotsford Heat, of the American Hockey League.
 

The Calgary Flames have demoted Sven Baertschi to the Abbotsford Heat, of the American Hockey League.

Photograph by: Gerry Thomas, NHLI via Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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