Goaltender Henrik Karlsson is reportedly on his way back to his homeland in Sweden.
As per a report (translated through Google) from the SVT Sport, the 29-year-old Karlsson has signed a one-year contract with Skellefteå AIK, the Swedish champions.
Karlsson joined the Calgary Flames organization from Europe, beginning in the 2010-11 season. He spent parts of two years in Calgary, with an assignment to Abbotsford in the American Hockey League as well.
The Flames traded Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks in January, but he spent the majority of the season in Rockford of the AHL.
He did spend some time with Chicago this year, including for the playoffs.
Here’s a rundown of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks, who captured the playoffs’ first overall seed thanks to a 36-7-5 regular-season record.
58th appearance 4 Stanley Cup titles (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010)
- Patrick Sharp: 7 goals (T-lead in NHL)
- Bryan Bickell: 5 goals on 18 shots, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
- Brent Seabrook: GWG in Game 7 vs. DET, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
- Duncan Keith: 1 goal, 8 assists
- Johnny Oduya: 23 blocked shots (leads team)
- Corey Crawford: 8-4, 1.70 GAA (2nd in NHL), .938 save% (3rd in NHL), 1 shutout
- Team: 6-1 at United Center
- Team: 97.6% on penalty kill, 40-for-41 (leads NHL)
- Team: 98 takeaways (leads NHL)
- Jonathan Toews: 1 goal, 5 assists, -2 … but has won 56.0% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
- Brandon Saad: 0 goals on 27 shots
- Dave Bolland: 1 assist, -2
- Marcus Kruger: 35.3% on faceoffs (3rd-worst in NHL)
- Team: 47.6% on faceoffs (13th in NHL)
Stanley Cup winners with 2010 Blackhawks (8 players, 2 coaches):
- Dave Bolland, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (captain, Conn Smythe winner), Joel Quenneville (head coach), Stephane Waite (asst)
Cup winners with other franchises (1 coach):
- Jamie Kompon (asst, 2012 Kings)
Seeking first Cup, have played or coached one+ playoff game this postseason (14 players, 1 coach):
- Bryan Bickell (name not etched), Brandon Bollig, Daniel Carcillo, Corey Crawford, Ray Emery (back-up goalie), Michael Frolík, Michal Handzuš, Marcus Krüger, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsíval, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Viktor Stålberg, Mike Kitchen (asst)
Seeking 2013 postseason debut:
- Sheldon Brookbank (26 regular-season games), Adam Clendening (0), Klas Dahlbeck (0), Jimmy Hayes (10), Carter Hutton (1), Henrik Karlsson (0), Shawn Lalonde (1), Jamal Mayers (19), Steve Montador (0), Jeremy Morin (3), Dylan Olsen (0), Brandon Pirri (1), Ben Smith (1), Ryan Stanton (1)
Most career playoff …
- Games: Marian Hossa, 142
- Goals: Marian Hossa, 41
- Points: Marian Hossa, 108
Last playoff …
- Hat trick: Jonathan Toews, May 7, 2010 (vs. Canucks, Game 4, WCQF)
- 4-point game: Duncan Keith, April 21, 2011 (at Canucks, Game 5, WCQF)
- Short-handed goal: Michael Frolik, May 3, 2013 (vs. Wild, Game 2, WCQF)
- Fight: Brandon Bollig, April 19, 2012 (Paul Bissonnette, vs. Coyotes, Game 4, WCQF)
- Shutout: Corey Crawford, May 7, 2013 (at Wild, Game 4, WCQF)
- With six points, Patrick Kane (61) will tie Dennis Hull for 7th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
- With one point, Jonathan Toews (56) will move into 10th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
- With six goals, Patrick Sharp (29) will tie Jeremy Roenick for 5th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
- With two goals, Patrick Kane (22) will tie Kings head coach Darryl Sutter for 10th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
- With one power-play goal, Jonathan Toews (11) will move past Jeremy Roenick for 3rd on the all-time PPG list in Blackhawks postseason history
- With four wins, Corey Crawford (13) will move past Antti Niemi for 5th on the all-time goaltending wins list in Blackhawks postseason history
- Joel Quenneville moved into 8th in all-time coaching wins (80) … needs two wins to tie Toe Blake (82) for 7th
- With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91) … that season, they were eliminated in the Norris Division semis (Minnesota North Stars)
- Corey Crawford & Ray Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)
Biggest storylines of 2012-13 season & postseason:
- “The Streak”: the Blackhawks set a new NHL record by going 24 games without a regulation loss (21-0-3) at the beginning of the season, from a win on Stanley Cup banner-raising night at Los Angeles on January 19, to a loss at Colorado on March 8 … the Blackhawks went 15-7-2 in the second half
- Corey Crawford (19-5-5) & Ray Emery (17-1-0) each won 17+ games, and won the Jennings Trophy as the best goaltending tandem in the NHL … Emery set an NHL record by winning his first 12 decisions … only one other team had two 15-game winners: Anaheim (Jonas Hiller & Viktor Fasth)
- Marian Hossa made an immediate impact after season-ending hit by Raffi Torres in 2012 playoffs
- Brent Seabrook became the fourth defenseman to score an overtime winner in a Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoffs history (Leo Reise, 1950 Red Wings; Brad Park, 1983 Bruins; Darius Kasparaitis, 2001 Penguins), helping the Blackhawks come back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the first time in franchise history, vs. DET
- Presidents’ Trophy (won)
- With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91)
- William M. Jennings Trophy: Corey Crawford & Ray Emery (won)
- Crawford & Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)
- Calder Memorial Trophy (Top rookie): Brandon Saad
- Saad had 27 points (T-4th among rookies) and was a +17 (best among rookies)
- Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top defensive forward): Jonathan Toews
- Toews had 48 points (13th in NHL), was a +28 (3rd in NHL), won 59.9% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
- Jack Adams Trophy (Top head coach): Joel Quenneville
- Quenneville led the Blackhawks to their second-ever Presidents’ Trophy (36-7-5 record)
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Best sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability): Patrick Kane
- Kane had 55 points (5th in NHL), 23 goals (T-5th in NHL) and only 8 penalty minutes
- Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award (most influential team captain): Jonathan Toews
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is out with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day, according to Chicago coach Joel Quenneville.
Quenneville wouldn’t say for sure if Crawford was hurt Tuesday in a collision during a game against Anaheim. The 28-year-old goalie managed to practice yesterday.
“I don’t know if it’s that or practice,” said Quenneville, per CSNChicago.com. “I don’t know if it’s a defining blow.”
Crawford’s back up, Ray Emery, will start tonight at home to San Jose. The Blackhawks have called up Henrik Karlsson from AHL Rockford to back up Emery.
Crawford (7-0-3, .935 SV%) has been very good this season after a challenging 2011-12.
When asked if his top goalie could be back Sunday against Los Angeles, Quenneville would only say, “We’ll see.”
Ray Emery’s fight back from the hip problem that ruined Bo Jackson makes for a great story, but it doesn’t necessarily make him an ideal goalie. The Chicago Blackhawks might have acknowledged that thought on Monday as they grabbed Calgary Flames backup Henrik Karlsson for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
Now, this doesn’t mean that Emery will be bumped down from his backup role behind Corey Crawford, but it’s hard to deny the possibility considering this trade (and how wobbly Emery looked in a 6-4 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday).
Karlsson isn’t exactly a highly seasoned NHL netminder despite being 29. He hasn’t seen much action behind Calgary workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff, having played in just 26 NHL games (including nine in 2010-11).
If nothing else, Karlsson seems likely to hover behind Emery as the team’s short-term No. 3 option – unless a Blackhawks prospect usurps him.
Karlsson’s departure begs the question: who gets to barely play behind Kipper in Calgary now?
It appears that prospect Leland Irving could be first in line, at least if the team’s current roster listing is any indication.
At 24, the 2006 first-rounder is approaching the point where Flames management might be getting antsy to see more results. He played in seven games last season, putting up a solid .912 save percentage despite some mediocre team results.
If you subscribe to the idea that this shortened season will mean more reps for backups, then Irving will finally get tested. We’ll see if it’s Emery or Karlsson getting most of the relief work for Chicago, too.
There will be some competition to back up Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary this season.
That’s the news out of Calgary today as the Flames announced they’ve re-signed RFA goalie Leland Irving to a one-year, two-way deal worth $687,500 at the NHL level, $207,500 at the AHL level.
Irving, 23, was part of the deep goaltending class of 2006, taken 26th overall (Jonathan Bernier, Riku Helenius and Semyon Varlamov went ahead of Irving; Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth went soon after.)
He’s played almost exclusively for AHL Abbotsford over the last two years but did make his NHL debut in 2011-12, appearing in seven games while posting a 1-3-3 record with a 3.20 GAA and .912 save percentage.
In a press release, Flames GM Jay Feaster said Irving will compete in “what should be a hard-fought and spirited battle in training camp” with Calgary’s other backup netminder, Henrik Karlsson.
Irving’s also believed to be the only player in NHL history named “Leland.” So he’s got that going for him.