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Flames' Henrik Karlsson traded to Blackhawks

Flames backup Henrik Karlsson was traded to the Blackhawks on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Jocelyn...

Flames backup Henrik Karlsson was traded to the Blackhawks on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Jocelyn Malette/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have cut ties with netminder Henrik Karlsson, trading the lanky Swede to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In 26 appearances for the Flames over the past two seasons, Karlsson registered a 5-9-8 record with a 2.79 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

The 29-year-old, who is on a one-way contract, was a candidate for the backup gig this winter, but lost a training camp battle to Leland Irving.

On Monday morning, he was officially assigned to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. Just a few hours later, though, he was switching hockey homes once again.

Karlsson has already been assigned to Chicago's AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

The seventh-round pick acquired by Flames GM Jay Feaster originally belonged to the Ottawa Senators.


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