Mere hours after the Calgary Flames assigned goalie Henrik Karlsson to the AHL, the team traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks for a seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The 29-year old has appeared in 26 career games in the NHL, all for the Flames going 5-9-8 with a 2.79 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Last season with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, Karlsson went 2-2 with a 2.26 GAA.
Just last week both Karlsson and Leland Irving were placed on waivers by the Flames in a peculiar move. It’s clear that Miikka Kiprussoff will shoulder the load for the Flames in goal during this abbreviated season, but to expose both backups to waivers was a risky move.
Karlsson has spent the majority of his professional career playing in Sweden before signing with the San Jose Sharks in 2009. A year later he was dealt to the Flames for a sixth round pick. You could say that Calgary gets their prospect back, albeit one round later.