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Burke sends Baertschi to AHL

Dec 12, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

Sven Baertschi AP

In a move that should come as no surprise given Brian Burke is now the acting general manager of the Calgary Flames, Sven Baertschi has been assigned to AHL Abbotsford.

Baertschi has just two goals in 21 games for the Flames this season. The 21-year-old was also publicly, and not gently, criticized by Burke in late September.

“This is a guy, right now, who’s focusing on one area,” Burke said at the time. “And even then, sporadically.”

“There’s three zones on the ice … and I don’t see that he’s learned to play and compete in two of them.”

A prolific scorer in junior, Baertschi was drafted 11th overall in 2011 out of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.

But no, he’s not particularly truculent.

  1. metalization1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I’m glad Burke is looking at long term success. Sven hasn’t looked NHL ready lately and could use some more development time. He still has a lot of potential if he keeps working hard.

  2. hazlydose - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Burke was heavily criticized for treating Kadri in a similar manner and it worked out. Its not as if keeping him up is going to secure Calgary a playoff spot.

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