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Calgary Flames return Markus Granlund to Stockton; Joe Colborne, Sam Bennett healthy

Remember when the Flames had too many forwards, then not enough? They're probably okay now.

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Well, that didn't take long. When the Calgary Flames waived Paul Byron, it took them down to just 13 healthy forwards. When Lance Bouma broke his leg, they were down to just 12. It's never good to have just the bare minimum of necessary players available (this is where we tell you to please look the other way on the just six defencemen actually present for the team), so the Flames had to recall somebody.

They recalled Markus Granlund, who sat for a game (made sense - he had only just been called up), and played in that disastrous 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He had all of 17 shifts and 8:05 in ice time, so he really wasn't an impact at all - as one would probably expect from a recall.

And, well, that's it. Joe Colborne broke his thumb in the preseason, but he was listed as week-to-week, and it only took about three weeks for him to come back. Sam Bennett missed the game against the Oilers (lucky him) with a surprise upper body injury, but it wasn't bad enough to be considered long-term.

Thus, both are in tonight. Colborne's activation puts the Flames at 14 healthy forwards, so Granlund's presence isn't necessary. Actually, it's undesirable: he's 22 and still developing, so it's far better for him to be playing meaningful minutes in the AHL than to be twiddling his thumbs in the pressbox.

You know, like a certain other Finn is doing.