It looks like the Flames’ Mikael Backlund won’t miss any time after all.
The NHL Department of Player Safety will not be calling Backlund on the carpet for his dangerous hit on Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom. After reviewing the play, Stephane Quintal and his team have decided not to charge the Calgary forward with any supplemental discipline.
The hit took place in the third period of the final preseason game for both teams.
Referee Rob Martell called Backlund for the hit, sending him to the box for just two minutes for boarding.
Jets coach Paul Maurice provided an update on Enstrom’s condition. “As of right now, positive. We’ll wait to see how he comes back tomorrow, the rehab part of it but it’s positive right now,” said Maurice. “You just never like to see that. There’s no place for it.”
Wheeler on Backlund hit:“(Enstrom's) such a pivotal player on our team you just cross your fingers, hope that everything is going to be ok”
— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 5, 2014
With Department of Player Safety opting not to suspend Backlund, he’ll be in the lineup for the Flames season opener. The Jets hope Enstrom will be healthy enough to be in the lineup for theirs as well.