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Flames put Kiprusoff, Backlund on IR

Feb 8, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

Miikka Kiprusoff AP

The Calgary Flames have placed goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (lower body) and center Mikael Backlund (MCL sprain) on injured reserve.

Kiprusoff, 36, was injured earlier this week in a win over the Detroit Red Wings — he tweaked what’s believed to be his knee after getting tangled with Johan Franzen.

The veteran netminder was held out of Thursday’s game against Columbus and won’t play on Saturday when the Flames travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks.

Reports suggest Kiprusoff could be back next week — the Flames have a three-game homestand starting Monday against Minnesota.

The news on Backlund isn’t as bright. He’s out 4-6 weeks with the ligament sprain, a tough blow considering he’s been a productive member of the Flames’ forward group.

In eight games, Backlund has scored 3G-1A-4PTS while averaging just over 13 minutes a night. He’s also chipped in with two points on the power play.

In related moves, the Flames recalled center Ben Street from AHL Abbotsford and activated defenseman Anton Babchuk from IR.

Street has been a solid scorer with the Heat this season — 12G-19A-31PTS in 44 games — and could make his NHL debut this weekend in Vancouver.

  1. letsgopens8771 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Ruh roh.

  2. buffbry - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    flames are going nowhere fast, the fans want a rebuild and they have been reluctant for so long, trade iginla, trade kipper, trade cammy, trade jaybo, trade babchuck, trade tanguay, trade glencross, buyout stajan this offseason. Do all that this year at the deadline and with the deepest draft in over 10 maybe 20 years your on your way quicker then you would know. CBJ has 3 1st round picks this year, and if it ended today would have 3 top 10 picks. Most experts are saying any top 5 pick this year is a franchise player and any in the 1st round are elite. so if that’s the case 2nd round is like 1st round and so on. This is the year for the rebuild flames. all of those players have value this year for playoff teams. Prospects and picks thats what you need

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      I think at least 5 of the 7 players you listed have no trade clauses, so really the team is at their mercy for trades. But realistically Iginla, and maybe Kiprusoff (who’s been at best shaky so far this year) have any sort of trade value. Glencross has shown an absolute inability to score, Cammy and Tanguay both have high contracts that will be tough to move, Babchuk won’t bring anything in return and Bouwmeester is FINALLY starting to look like the player they thought they were getting when they traded for his rights and signed him, funny how a coach allowing him to play offensively can do that.

      I agree that the Flames need a rebuild, but I would argue that if this is as deep of a draft as you say (I’m not familiar with many prospects this year) then its just imperative that the Flames keep all of their picks, the trading of picks did as much to hammer this franchise as Darryl Sutter’s love of giving out big contracts and no trade clauses to even average players.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    This is too bad for Backlund, he was actually playing fairly decently this year and looked like he finally might be ready to become a productive NHLer. Injuries have really hurt his career thus far, not sure the Flames will give him another chance when his contract expires at the end of the year.

    In the past 3 games the Flames have played much better and started to look like the middle of the road team (7-10 in the conference) if Irving can just keep them in there in the games against Vancouver and Minnesota hopefully Kipper can come back and give the team even more of a jump.

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