The only news item on a rather quiet off-day for the Calgary Flames was the assignment of forwards Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund back to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
Baertschi, 21, was originally recalled on January 26 (along with David Wolf and Tyler Wotherspoon) after the NHL’s All-Star Break in. He dressed for a single game and got an assist, but with Curtis Glencross nearing a return, it makes sense to send him back to the farm for game action. Sven’s played 15 games this season for the big club and added 4 assists.
Granlund, 21, was recalled on February 2 to take the roster spot vacated by the injury to David Wolf. Wolf’s on the IR retroactive to his original injury on Saturday, so he’s eligible to be activated prior to the California road trip. Granlund didn’t get a game in during this recall, but he’s played 33 games and racked up 13 points thus far. Outside of struggling at faceoffs, Granlund’s been quite good.
Temporarily, the assignments leave the Flames with 21 healthy bodies (2 goalies, 7 defenders and 12 forwards) and four injured bodies (Glencross, Smid, Wolf and Sam Bennett).