Baertschi has opted out of the NHL's Return to Play Program.
Baertschi has been seeking a trade for the majority of the 2019-20 season after spending most of the season posting over point-per-game numbers in the AHL. Baertschi was invited to training camp, which starts Monday but will stay home and be replaced by Kole Lind on the roster. Baertschi joins Flames' defenseman Travis Hamonic as the second player to opt-out of the NHL playoffs.
Stamkos (lower-body) will not be a full participant in training camp but is expected to be ready for the round-robin.
When the season was paused, Stamkos was out after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury. He was 100 percent healthy in his return to the ice but suffered a new lower-body injury in a training session in Tampa Bay. Still, GM Julien BriseBois fully expects Stamjos to be ready for the round-robin that starts for the Lighting on August 3rd.
Hamonic has opted out of the NHL Return to Play Program.
Hamonic has been granted a leave of absence from the Flames for family reasons. Hamonic's daughter recently overcame a respiratory virus and Hamonic said in a statement that he wishes he "could lace up my skates and be out there battling, but my family has and always will come first."