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We have a trade to announce: Blackhawks nab Flames backup Karlsson

Jan 21, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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Ray Emery‘s fight back from the hip problem that ruined Bo Jackson makes for a great story, but it doesn’t necessarily make him an ideal goalie. The Chicago Blackhawks might have acknowledged that thought on Monday as they grabbed Calgary Flames backup Henrik Karlsson for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Emery will be bumped down from his backup role behind Corey Crawford, but it’s hard to deny the possibility considering this trade (and how wobbly Emery looked in a 6-4 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday).

Karlsson isn’t exactly a highly seasoned NHL netminder despite being 29. He hasn’t seen much action behind Calgary workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff, having played in just 26 NHL games (including nine in 2010-11).

If nothing else, Karlsson seems likely to hover behind Emery as the team’s short-term No. 3 option – unless a Blackhawks prospect usurps him.

Karlsson’s departure begs the question: who gets to barely play behind Kipper in Calgary now?

It appears that prospect Leland Irving could be first in line, at least if the team’s current roster listing is any indication.

At 24, the 2006 first-rounder is approaching the point where Flames management might be getting antsy to see more results. He played in seven games last season, putting up a solid .912 save percentage despite some mediocre team results.

If you subscribe to the idea that this shortened season will mean more reps for backups, then Irving will finally get tested. We’ll see if it’s Emery or Karlsson getting most of the relief work for Chicago, too.

  1. lordfletcher - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    7th round pick huh.

    get ready for a rocking draft day party

  2. killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    There was a huge bench clearing brawl between the Blackhawks and Red Wings AHL teams earlier in the week and the Rockford (Blackhawks) goalie had a big part in it. Could be a suspension issue or just the team want to space themselves from their 3rd string goalie. I have never see a goalie move that fast to go down the ice to fight. Looked like Paul Coffey sprinting down the ice. Plus they were wearing Pink Jerseys and the ice was tinted pink for a Breast Cancer awareness night.

    • killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Here is the video of the bench clearing bawl –

    • esracerx46 - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Wasnt the score of that game 12-6? Todays icehogs game was 6-3 after Kent Simpson was called up from the ECHL and started. 2 games. 18 goals against. That aint cuttin it

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