It’s been a predictably quiet UFA period for the Flames, but they still made some minor moves, adding defender Brandon Davidson and centre Byron Froese on one year, two way, $700K deals.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 1, 2019
Both players are likely Stockton bound, as the Flames’ affiliate is pretty bare bones right now, and neither of these players finished their 2018-19 in the NHL. Froese split his season with the Laval Rocket (Montreal) and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philly), and Davidson played with the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago). As of this writing, there are no details on either players’ AHL salaries.
Froese is a 28 year old, 6’1 right handed centre. He has some NHL experience, picking up 110 games in the previous four seasons for Montreal, Tampa Bay, and Toronto, though he only picked up 16 points. He’s been a pretty good AHLer though, usually scoring at least 40 points a season. Froese scored 21 goals and added 23 assists in 70 games last season.
Davidson is also a bit of a journeyman, having played for four different teams in the past two seasons (Montreal, Edmonton, New York Islanders, and Chicago). He’s a 6’2 LHD who has demonstrated that he can be a handy third pairing defender in his various stops around the NHL. He has nine goals and 14 assists in 162 career NHL games.
These are the second and third signings for the Flames, the first being Cam Talbot.
More to come.