January 21, 2013
Flames' Henrik Karlsson traded to Blackhawks

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

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.