Flames Return Wolf, Recall Granlund

The Calgary Flames made a pair of roster moves this morning to shuffle up the forward ranks a tiny bit.

David Wolf has been re-assigned back to the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Flames, while Markus Granlund has been recalled from the AHL affiliate.

Wolf, a German import, was first recalled by the Flames from the Adirondack Flames back on January 26, just after the NHL All-Star Break. He played his first game on January 31 at home against the Edmonton Oilers, playing 7:27 before getting a cut on his thigh and getting sidelined for the remainder of the game. He was subsequently put on the IR for three games, before being activated and returning for the February 9 game in San Jose. He’s subsequently sat for the past four games.

In short – Wolf played twice – for about 15 minutes total – and he was in the NHL for just shy of three weeks including his injury time. This reassignment appears to be a lot about getting him into some games.

Granlund has already played 33 games this season with the Flames and has 13 points. He has 12 points in 14 games in the AHL, as well. This is his fourth recall this season.

  • Recalled October 29, returned January 7.
  • Recalled January 8, returned January 22.
  • Recalled February 2, returned February 5.

The Flames return to action tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks.

  • The thing with Wolf is he’s likely going to be one hell of a fourth liner, but he really really needs to focus on his conditioning this offseason. He was gassed by mid-game.

    That likely accounts for his low minutes.

    I wonder if this Granlund move means Treliving’s got a deal in the works or if Byron’s out longer than we think?

  • everton fc

    Could this mean a trade’s brewing? Why Granlund?? Why another centre? With all the reports about Reilly coming here…

    Who moves the other way???

    Or is Byron on the shelf for longer, as prior comment speculates? Probably Byron’s out. Similar/skilled player in Granlund over Wolf, so makes sense.

    • piscera.infada

      If the trade is for O’Reilly; Backlund is definitely going the other way.
      And he is probably the throw away piece to that trade ….

      We will see if BT can put on his big girl panties and pull off an actual NHL trade…..

      WW

    • piscera.infada

      I’m the one guy on this site that would like to see Backlund moved – for the right return. Don’t get me wrong, he has some value which is why they should move him now and get a good #3 defenceman plus in return. As a defensive specialist with minimal offensive skills and an average faceoff man, there are plenty of centers in the system that can take his spot in the future.

  • mattyc

    I thought Wolf had some flashes of being effective, but he was really too slow for the NHL level right now. Couple times the last game he was in he was too slow getting to the point to challenge the D or facilitate a breakout.

  • beloch

    Re: Wolf
    Wolf had okay possession stats during his time with the big club. Not great, but not right at the bottom of the team either. He looked good to the eye too. Very physical and he generated some chances. To me, all this says he’s ready to play for the Flames. In fact, I’m not sure why he isn’t when Bollig is still playing games on a semi-regular basis. Hopefully this is more of a conditioning stint than a demotion. Let him play some heavy minutes in Adirondack so he can hit the ice running when he returns.