Irving sent to Heat

Calgary Flames goalie Leland Irving looks on from the bench in second period action during their...

Calgary Flames goalie Leland Irving looks on from the bench in second period action during their NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 PM ET

Henrik Karlsson is ready to return to action, which means that Leland Irving is the odd goalie out.

The Calgary Flames sent Irving to the Abbotsford Heat Wednesday morning as Karlsson will resume the backup role to Miikka Kiprusoff.

Irving started four games for the Flames, earning his first NHL victory Dec. 23 in Vancouver when he made 29 saves in a 3-1 win over the Canucks.

The 2006 first-round draft pick went 1-1-2 during a nearly two-month stint with the Flames, but his last outing was a six-goal barrage before getting pulled for Kiprusoff in a 9-0 thumping in Boston Jan. 5.

Karlsson suffered a knee injury Dec. 4 at Vancouver, but the 28-year-old has been practising with the team for the past couple of weeks.

Although the Flames were hoping to limit Kiprusoffs playing time this season, the 35-year-old Finn has played in 44 of the teams 51 games.

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