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Flames Busy On Game Day: Mikael Backlund Off IR, Plus Recalls

Recalls, players sent down, people off IR. Yowser.

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Well, because game day isn't busy enough the Flames have made a slew of morning transactions. First and foremost AND most importantly Calgary took Mikael Backlund off IR, meaning he could be available today. The Flames also sent Jon Gillies and Andrew Mangiapane back to Stockton. Mangiapane's demotion makes sense as he hasn't done much since being called up and his roster spot will be taken by Kerby Rychel. Rychel leads the Heat in scoring this season. Gillies returning to Stockton means one thing: Mike Smith's injury wasn't major and he's ready to go.