Looks like Irving will have a good solid chance to show what he can do now. I expect good things.
And Backlund really does have some awful luck. Shows some jump during pre-season last year but breaks a finger. When he comes back, he's relegated to the fourth line and never gets a proper chance again. This season, he's showing that he can be a legitimate top six forward, only to get injured again. It's a shame really. I do hope it doesn't affect his confidence going forward.
Kiprusoff was placed on IR retroactive to February 5th with a Grade 1 MCL sprain. He is expected to miss approximately one week, according to a team release. Backlund is out with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and could miss 4-6 weeks, according to the release.