Skip to content

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

Jan 21, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

henrikkarlssongetty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Canucks hand Markstrom two-year, $3.1 mil deal

    Jun 29, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jacob Markstrom Getty Images

    He’ll start the season as Vancouver’s backup goaltender.

  2. Riley Nash, Yannick Weber among those without qualifying offers

    Jun 29, 2015, 7:40 PM EDT

    Yannick Weber Getty Images

    They are now set to become unrestricted free agents.

  3. Vancouver signs Linden Vey to one-year extension

    Jun 29, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

    Linden Vey Getty Images

    He’ll reportedly earn $1 million next season.

  4. Agent: Franson has spoken with ‘half a dozen’ teams (Updated)

    Jun 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators

    Toronto, Calgary and Pittsburgh are amongst the teams, which have reached out.

  5. Your 2015 HHOF Class: Fedorov, Housley, Lidstrom, Pronger, Ruggiero

    Jun 29, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. are also going in as builders.

  6. NHLPA reviewing Richards situation, determining course of action

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Richards Getty Images

    Also inside is information about the potential cap recapture situation the Kings might be stuck with.

  7. What’s next for Mike Richards and the Kings?

    Jun 29, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Processing Monday’s surprising termination.

  8. Sens’ Chiasson headed for arbitration

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The 24-year-old’s three-year, $2.7 million deal is set to expire on Wednesday.

  9. Pricey Platoon? Stars reportedly sign Niemi for three years, $13.5M

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Antti Niemi, AP

    If accurate, that’s $10.4M between Niemi and Kari Lehtonen.

  10. Report: Blackhawks sign Rundblad to a two-year, $2 million extension

    Jun 29, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Getty Images

    The 24-year-old was a pending restricted free agent.

  11. Report: Oduya is already pondering offers, won’t wait for Chicago

    Jun 29, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

    Johnny Oduya AP

    He should draw plenty of free agent interest.

  12. Hodgson, Stalberg placed on unconditional waivers

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

    Cody Hodgson Buffalo

    Both players can be bought out on Tuesday, if they clear.

  13. Barberio looking for a ‘fresh start somewhere else,’ says agent

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mark Barberio Mark Barberio

    He wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the Bolts on Monday.

  14. UFA of the Day: Chris Stewart

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild

    He said “the fit was perfect” in Minnesota following the season.

  15. Bolts sign Blunden to one-year, two-way deal

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    blundengetty Getty Images

    The big forward provides injury insurance.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. R. O'Reilly (2181)
  2. C. Talbot (2074)
  3. D. Hamilton (2035)
  4. R. Lehner (1644)
  5. J. Stoll (1572)
  1. S. Gagner (1529)
  2. M. Lucic (1504)
  3. K. Letang (1426)
  4. G. Bettman (1415)
  5. E. Etem (1405)