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Flames activate Backlund, assign Baertschi

Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 3:24 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Flames activate Backlund, assign Baertschi

The Calgary Flames announced Saturday they have activated center Mikael Backlund from injured reserve. The 23-year-old has been out of the Flames lineup since Feb. 7, when he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain during the team's 4-3 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Prior to his injury, Backlund had three goals and four points in eight games this season.

In order to open a roster spot for Backlund, the Flames reassigned rookie Sven Baertschi to the Abbottsford Heat of the American Hockey League. The 13th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old has one assist in 10 games this season and has seen his ice time reduced considerably. In two of his past three games, the Swiss native has played less than nine minutes.

Backlund is expected to be back in the lineup for the Flames' contest Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp