In advance of Sunday’s game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche, the Calgary Flames have made a pair of connected roster moves. The club has recalled defender Connor Mackey from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat and reassigned forward Adam Ruzicka to the Stockton Heat.
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Oliver Kylington was unavailable on Saturday due to a lower body injury, so seventh defender Michael Stone slotted in and performed quite well. With a road game in a back-to-back situation, bringing up Mackey gives the Flames an extra defender in case anybody tweaks something during warm-up.
Ruzicka is the only waiver exempt player on the roster, so he’s the natural player to swap down to the farm short-term. He was a likely candidate to be a healthy scratch against Colorado anyway. This move guarantees one of Brett Ritchie or Brad Richardson rotates into the lineup for Sunday’s game.
With the move, the Flames still have a 23-man active roster: two goalies, eight defenders (including the unavailable Kylington) and 13 forwards.
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