Flames trade Karlsson to the Blackhawks

Kent Wilson
January 21 2013 04:29PM

News just coming down the pipe now that the Flame shave traded Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a Senators 7th round pick (which the Hawks owned).

On the one hand, it's amazing the Flames could get anything at all for Karlsson, who has proven to be a mediocre goaltender at best at this level. On the other hand, the organization originally paid a sixth round pick for him, so if you're keeping close tabs on the debits and credits in the org's ledger, well...add a bit more red to the books.

Either way, Karlsson is gone, ridding the Flames of a needless contract and likely resolving the issue of who will be Kipper's back-up this year permanently.

Although with Karlsson gone, it may give the Flames a chance to ink one of Danny Taylor or Barry Brust to a two-way NHL deal, which could make Leland Irving's life complicated again.

I guess we'll see.

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