Word on the street is that presumptive #2/#3 goaltender Leland Irving has re-signed with the Calgary Flames.
The deal the Flames and Irving agreed to strikes me as curious: a one-year, two-way worth $687,500 at the NHL level and $207,500 at the AHL level. That indicates to me that the org doesn’t think Irving can be a full-time NHLer yet – hell, Feaster gave Henrik Karlsson a two-year, one-way deal last year after like 15 games. I also question why it took so long to sign this deal, which if I recall correctly is pretty much the same one that Irving agreed to last year.
Irving performed well on occasions this season, but performed… not-so-well just as many times. You all know the criticisms, comparables and expectations – so it’ll be interesting to see how this season shakes out for Irving. Kudos to Jay Feaster for getting Irving on a two-way, and for cheap.
Irving was the 5th ranked prospect on Flames Nation’s Flames Fifteen.