Seravalli: ‘Critical’ for Calgary Flames to get clarity on Oliver Kylington’s status
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By Ryan Pike15 days ago
Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli joined Pat Steinberg on Sportsnet 960 The Fan on Tuesday afternoon to discuss how the Calgary Flames are approaching the upcoming trade deadline.
Among the topics that came up: the lack of clarity surrounding defenceman Oliver Kylington’s status for the rest of the season. Seravalli noted that it’s critical for the Flames to determine if Kylington will be returning this season.
Here’s Frank (this was the second part of a longer discussion about the Flames’ approach):
…But I think when it comes to talking about the Flames and their deadline that it can’t be overstated how critical it is for them to get an answer on Oliver Kylington. That is probably number one in terms of their priorities right now. I did follow up today on Kylington and what’s happening there is he’s still receiving assistance from the Player Assistance Program. He’s on their cap and has been there all year, and I think there was some hope that he might be able to come back over to North America before the holidays and that didn’t materialize, and I think now everyone’s wondering ‘is this going to happen, is he going to play this season?’ And I think, without putting too much pressure on him, ideally the Flames would like to know really before the end of January.
At the start of training camp, Flames general manager Brad Treliving disclosed that Kylington was on leave from the team due to a “personal family issue.” He emphasized that the leave was not substance abuse related.
Speaking with Steinberg on Monday’s edition of Flames Talk, Treliving was asked about Kylington’s status. Treliving noted that “we don’t know” but that they were hopeful: “Probably the next couple weeks, few weeks, we’ll have a more definitive answer. But right now we want to support Oliver, the answer to your question is I just don’t know.”
Seravalli noted that Kylington has been skating and occasionally practising with a local team.
From a roster perspective, currently Kylington is on the non-roster list. His $2.5 million cap hit counts against the club’s salary cap but not against their 23-player roster limit. Based on recent precedents, and information we have from people that would know these things, Kylington would be eligible to be placed on the long-term injury reserve list should the Flames require his cap space.
We’ll have more on his situation as it becomes available.
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