Flames’ Backlund day-to-day with concussion
Mikael Backlund is going to miss the remainder of the World Cup for Team Sweden after he was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Finland’s Sami Lepisto in a first round game on Tuesday.
On Friday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said (via Dan Rosen of NHL.com) that Backlund has a concussion as a result of the hit and is currently listed as being “day-to-day.”
The 27-year-old Backlund is coming off of a career year for the Flames that saw him record new career highs in goals (21), assists (26) and points (47) in 82 games.
Backlund appeared in two World Cup games for Sweden and did not record a point. He did not play in Sweden’s thrilling 4-3 overtime loss to Team North America on Wednesday.
Sweden will play in the semifinals on Sunday against Team Europe.