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Backlund will miss the 2013 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships due to a right foot fracture.
Backlund didn't play Tuesday night against the Preds, as the team opted to start a handful of their recent callups, the Calgary Sun reports. "It will be to see who's going to step up," coach Bob Hartley said. "Most of the young players have been with us for a few weeks, and some have just arrived from Abbotsford. But many of them have played a game or two before, so they know what to expect. It's kind of one of the final exams."
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Backlund (foot) was minus-1 with a pair of shots on goal while skating 13:53 in his return to the lineup Monday.
Backlund (foot) could be available for Monday's game against Dallas, the Calgary Sun reports.
Backlund is dealing with a bruise associated with a crack in the bone after appearing to hurt his right foot Friday.
Backlund (knee) is nearing a return. "After practice [Friday] he feels very good, he's very close to being cleared by the medical staff to play," Flames coach Bob Hartley said.
Backlund is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL, the Calgary Sun reports.
Backlund tallied his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver.
Backlund stayed sharp in the offseason playing in Sweden and feels healed from his shoulder injury, the Calgary Heraldreports.
Backlund has signed a two-month contract to play in Sweden, the fourth Flames player to depart to Europe, the Calgary Herald reports.
Backlund re-signed with the Flames to a one-year contract on Thursday, the team's official website reports.
Backlund (shoulder) is not likely to return this season, as he still is not practicing, according to the Calgary Herald.
Backlund left Saturday's game in the second period after appearing to get hurt after being charged by Vancouver's Andrew Alberts.
Backlund has three points in his last two games since putting up a minus-5 against Boston on Jan. 5.
Backlund scored one of Calgary's seven goals Tuesday as the Flames dispatched the Hurricanes 7-6.
After a terrible seven-game start to his season, with no points and a minus-5, Backlund finally got his first point Sunday and was a plus-1.
Backlund returned from a broken finger to make his season debut Friday as the Flames fell to the Blackhawks 4-1.
Backlund (finger) practiced Monday for the first time since breaking his finger, the Calgary Sun reports.