In what probably isn’t a good sign for T.J. Brodie’s health status, the Calgary Flames have summoned defenseman Rasmus Andersson from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. It’s Andersson’s third recall of the season, and it uses up the second of the Flames’ fourth post-trade deadline recalls.
Brodie left last night’s game between the Flames and Golden Knights with an upper-body injury after the second period. He was absolutely crushed by a Ryan Reaves hit early in the period, which was in turn followed by four unanswered goals (Brodie was on the ice for three of them). Typically the Flames like to carry at least one extra healthy body in case somebody gets hurt in warmups (or gets the flu), so this can’t be a good sign regarding Brodie’s availability for tonight’s game against Arizona.
Andersson has been arguably the Flames’ best non-NHL player this season. He’s presently Stockton’s active scoring leader given all their injuries and recalls, with 38 points in 53 games playing on their top pairing with Tyler Wotherspoon. Since the Flames have enough healthy defensemen to fill a lineup (Matt Bartkowski is still with the team), this is a “regular” recall – they didn’t need to call up Andersson to meet roster limits.