Kylington returns to Flames earlier than expected
The Calgary Flames weren’t expecting Oliver Kylington to return to the ice for a couple of days, but they’re definitely not complaining about getting him back early.
The 23-year-old defenceman had been frustratingly stuck in quarantine after immigration issues delayed his return to Calgary from his native Sweden, but a series of negative COVID-19 tests allowed him to join his teammates for the first time since the start of training camp on Saturday morning.
Quarantine is a lonely experience at the best of times, but it was even more tedious for Kylington knowing that he was missing out on critical pre-season training.
“I tried to keep myself occupied as much as possible, tried to get into a routine,” Kylington said. “Wake up early, I had a bike in my apartment so I was biking and just tried to stay positive and look forward.”
On Saturday, Kylington practiced with Group B, which was mostly comprised of the players who likely won’t be everyday starters for the Flames.
That may change as camp rolls on and he gets his legs under him. Kylington was signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth US$787,500 in mid-December after playing 86 games over the past two seasons – he also had a one-game cameo in 2015-’16.
“It was good to get him back on the ice,” said Flames head coach Geoff Ward. “We anticipated a little bit later (but) he’s back now and he has the same opportunity as everyone else and it’s time to get to work.
“For his first skate, we liked what we saw and now it’s moving ahead to tomorrow.”