The Calgary Flames continue to get their off-season business done. The club announced Wednesday that they’ve re-signed forward Glenn Gawdin to a one year, two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level.
Oh my Gawdin!
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 14, 2020
The deal is worth $95,000 at the AHL level, a bit of a raise from Gawdin’s entry-level pact.
This is very much a “show me” deal for the 23-year-old Gawdin. The right shot centre was recalled last season and almost played, but ended up not making his NHL debut. However, he was a fully deserving call-up with an impressive second pro season with Stockton. He had 16 goals and 47 points in 53 games, and represented the Heat in the AHL All-Star Classic.
Signed by the Flames in the midst of a heck of a 2017-18 WHL season where he had 125 points for the Swift Current Broncos and won the WHL’s Playoff MVP award as one-third of the best line in junior hockey (with Aleksi Heponiemi and Tyler Steenbergen), Gawdin has emerged as perhaps the most NHL-ready player in their system.
He’s a right shot. He can play in all situations. He’s been an AHL All-Star. Now he seems poised to take advantage of an opportunity to play in the NHL on a cap-strapped Flames club by taking a league minimum deal for the 2020-21 season. It remains to be seen what Gawdin can do with the opportunity, but it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t earned it.