In a move that may mean nothing or may mean a lot, the Calgary Flames are reportedly closing in on a deal with former NHL goaltender Jeff Deslauriers.
Sportsnet 960’s Dean “Boomer” Molberg tweeted about the potential move earlier today.
With Ortio out, I’m hearing #Flames close to signing former Oiler/Duck G Jeff Deslauriers. They need his release from Dynamo Riga of KHL
— Dean Molberg (@fan960boomer) February 28, 2015
Deslauriers was a 2002 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, chosen 31st overall, and could be used as an example of why I’m so terrified of drafting goalies that early. He’s bounced around professional hockey. He’s played in the NHL (62 games between Edmonton and Anaheim), the AHL (Edmonton, Hamilton, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield, Oklahoma City, Syracuse, Norfolk and Houston) and the ECHL (Greenville and Fort Wayne). He’s playing with Dynamo Riga right now, Latvia’s KHL team.
Presumably his signing would be for an AHL spot, which would either (a) bump Doug Carr back to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles or, more interestingly (b) bump Brad Thiessen to the NHL as a reward for his strong play this season. But that would require a Calgary Flames trade involving a goaltender, potentially.
Again, it could mean nothing and it could mean a lot.
More on this story as it develops.