Friday, September 25, 2009

Flyers loan goaltender Backlund to Phantoms

The Flyers loaned goaltender Johan Backlund to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, on Thursday.

Backlund, 28, appeared in one contest with the Flyers this preseason, stopping 14 of 16 shots in 29:27 of play in their game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario on September 17.

A native of Skelleftea, Sweden, Backlund signed a one-year contract with the Flyers on March 26, 2009, after he appeared in 49 games with Timra of the Swedish Elite League last season, where he posted a 2.56 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. He has spent the last three seasons with Timra (2006-07 through 2008-09), registering a 2.32 GAA, .909 save percentage and 16 shutouts in 145 games.

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