In this edition of Calgary Flames News, I’ll share the recent signings of Flames players. The team seems to be bringing in a large number of depth players in preparation for a highly-unusual 2020-21 season.
Item One: Andrew Mangiapane Signs Two-Year Contract with the Flames
Andrew Mangiapane and the Calgary Flames had an arbitration date set for Oct. 20, but in the end that arbitration hearing wasn’t needed. Instead, Mangiapane signed a two-year contract with the Flames that has a $2.425 million AAV. That’s a nice raise for Mangiapane, who had played the 2019-20 season on a one-year, two-way contract at a $715,000 salary-cap hit.
Obviously, he earned a sizable raise by scoring 17 goals and 32 points in 68 games. The 24-year-old Mangiapane only played an average of 13:42 minutes each game, but he made that time count. By the end of the season, he’d risen from the bottom six to a place on the Flames’ second line.
Fortunately, both the Flames and Mangiapane avoided arbitration, which is typically a pretty uncertain and often disagreeable engagement.
Item Two: Dominik Simon Signs a One-Year Contract with the Flames.
Dominik Simon also signed a one-year contract with the Flames worth the NHL league minimum of $700,000. Because Simon, who’s a center, didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, he became an unrestricted free agent.
He’s actually had a pretty good career with the Penguins and scored seven goals and 22 points in 64 games last season; during the 2018-19, the 26-year-old native of the Czech Republic also scored eight goals and 20 assists in 71 games. I can see what the Flames signed him. He has a chance to become a nice depth center on the team’s bottom six.
Item Three: Joakim Nordstrom Signs a One-Year Contract with the Flames
Joakim Nordstrom also signed a one-year contract with the Flames at the NHL league minimum of $700,000. Like Simon, Nordstrom’s also a center but he has more NHL experience than Simon and has actually played 400 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Boston Bruins.
Last season, Nordstrom scored four goals and seven points in 48 games (but he also had and 91 hits) with the Bruins during the 2019-20 campaign. Also a depth player, he averaged just over 12 minutes of of ice time with the Bruins. He’ll likely be the Flames fourth-line center.
Item Four: Tyler Parsons Signs a One-Year, Two-Way Contract with the Flames
Earlier last week, 23-year-old goalie Tyler Parsons signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames for an AAV of $735,000. During the 2019-20 season, Parsons played 25 games with Kansas City Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) games.
In those games, Parsons posted a record of 11-9-2 with a goals-against average of 3.03 and a .911 save percentage.
Item Five: Glenn Gawdin Signs a One-Year, Two-Way Contract with the Flames
About a week ago, 23-year-old Glenn Gawdin has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames at the NHL league minimum value of $700,000. Gawdin’s a young center who’s produced well at each level of hockey that he’s played. Last season with AHL’s Stockton Heat, he scored 16 goals and 47 points in 53 games.
Although Gawdin hasn’t yet had his NHL debut, as I noted he’s done well as he’s risen through the team’s developmental system. In his last season with the Swift Current Broncos, he had a huge season scoring 56 goals and 69 assists (for 125) in 67 games.
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