Brian Burke hasn't beat around the bush with regard to his feelings about Sven Baertschi's game so far this season, and now that he's officially the one in charge of player personnel decisions (for the time being), he took advantage of the opportunity to do something about it.
The Flames announced this afternoon that Baertschi had been assigned to the Flames' AHL affiliate in Abbotsford. Baertschi has two goals and 11 points in 26 NHL games so far this season, and has been a healthy scratch several times. Part of the Flames' decision to send Baertschi down today might also revolve around the fact that Curtis Glencross is allegedly a game-time decision for tonight's contest versus the Hurricanes and Sean Monahan could be close to returning as well.
In 32 games with the Heat last season, Baertschi had 10 goals and 26 points. The Heat are currently first in the AHL's Western Conference with 42 points in 28 games played, and will play the second of back-to-back games tonight against the Iowa Wild. They were victorious last night by a score of 6-2.
Including tonight, the Heat have four games remaining on their schedule before they break for Christmas. Ben Street currently leads the pack with 26 points in 21 games, followed closely by Chad Billins, who is scoring at a point per game pace in his first season with Abbotsford.