The Calgary Flames have announced that last night in Detroit, Rasmus Andersson was struck by a vehicle while riding a scooter on his way to dinner. He was taken to the hospital, and subsequently released. While listed as day-to-day, Andersson is “doing well” and will remain with the team on their current road trip. The Flames have recalled Dennis Gilbert from the AHL for the time being.
Andersson, 26, has quietly turned into arguably the most important player on the Flames, logging nearly 25 minutes a night in all situations. He sits fourth in team scoring with 34 points in 51 games, and does a little bit of everything for Calgary.
Losing him for any length of time will be for the Flames to handle, especially as they try to claw their way into the Pacific Division race. Just a few days ago, general manager Brad Treliving told NHL.com that he isn’t ready to commit to being a “buyer” at the deadline, and is still waiting for his team to prove they are worth spending future assets on this season.
For now, he will miss at least tonight’s game against the Red Wings. At least the team recently brought back Chris Tanev from injured reserve, and will have other defensemen who can step up in Andersson’s absence. Hopefully, he has avoided any serious injuries and will be able to return in short order.
When general manager Brad Treliving met with the media to discuss the situation, he ended any speculation by explaining that there was no alcohol involved, and that the team will take Andersson’s recovery very slowly.