Report: Flames To Sign Daniel Pribyl

While the hockey world was enthralled by the battle between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks tonight, a couple tweets from Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman likely perked up Calgary Flames fans waiting patiently for any kind of good news.

Pribyl turns 24 in December, but the contract will be a two-year entry level deal (after which he’ll become a restricted free agent) because he’s 23 as of September 15 and the CBA has three different age definitions within it. The product of Cisek, Czech Republic is currently plying his trade with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga, and his contract with them is active until their playoffs end. Sparta Praha is playing HC Billi Tygri Liberec in the Extraliga finals, which will finish up by (or before) April 26. As of this writing, the series is tied 1-1.

Pribyl is 6’3″, 238 pounds, and basically ticks off every box for a hockey club that is really lacking in right-shooting forwards at the NHL level. Once the signing becomes official, Pribyl will immediately become Calgary’s top right-winger by default.

We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.

  • StarkRaving

    I’m assuming it’s a two-way contract. If so, I think this is an excellent signing. I won’t hold my breath over seeing him in the NHL next year though.

  • Christian Roatis

    Chicago signs Panarin, he does well, Chicago gets all the credit and everyone applauds them – plus they are better for it.

    Pittsburgh signs Plotnikov, he doesn’t do well, Pittsburgh trades him, no one says anything because they’re no worse for wear.

    Point is, there’s no scenario in which the Flames make themselves worse by signing this guy.

  • The Last Big Bear

    If this guy ends up like another Roman Cervenka, then… GREAT.

    Free decent-if-unspectacular roster player on an ELC, who scored at a .42 points per game pace.

    Cervenka was a decent player, who had less than half a season to establish himself, and spent the entirety of that time in the dog house of a notoriously difficult-to-please coach.

    I’d take Cervenka back if we had a different coach, and if we get another player of a similar calibre, hey that’s found money as far as I’m concerned.

    • Baalzamon

      I’ve always maintained that if Cervenka had signed with Detroit, and Damien Brunner with Calgary, it would have been Cervenka who stuck around for a couple more years, and Brunner who immediately fled back to Europe.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    So is this Pribyl guy the best player not in the NHL or what?

    Don’t think he has any immediate interest in the NHL because he has been tweeting about what the fishing and nightlife are like in Stockton and listing his favorite Yank beers and action flicks.