Boyd is back with Flames

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

The Calgary Flames gave Dustin Boyd a plane ticket to Vancouver after all, and he walked into the hotel less than 24 hours after being re-assigned to the AHL Quad City Flames for salary-cap reasons.

Boyd was one of the league leaders in pre-season with seven points in five games.

Allowing the team to bring back their co-leader in pre-season scoring was another move that put defenceman Rhett Warrener on the long-term injury list.

Normally that status, which allows for cap relief on the player, is reserved for someone who has missed 10 games, but the Flames said in a press release that Warrener's pre-season shoulder injury combined with "extensive damage from previous seasons has made it impossible for Warrener to start the regular season."

Warrener will have to remain on the injured list for at least 10 regular-season games, and 24 calendar days.

Warrener, who has spent the last four seasons with the Flames, cleared waivers earlier this week. He sat out three pre-season games with what is reported to be a shoulder injury.


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