A little bit of mid-week news, folks. The Calgary Flames have announced two re-signings, as they’ve re-upped with restricted free agent forwards Glenn Gawdin and Justin Kirkland on one-year deals.
Per our pal Pat Steinberg, Gawdin’s deal is worth $750,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL. Kirkland will make $750,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.
Gawdin’s heading into a big season, as the right shot centre should be a strong candidate to replace Derek Ryan as the Flames’ fourth line centre. He’s been a superb AHL two-way presence since going pro in 2018 after a strong WHL career with the Swift Current Broncos. He played seven games with the Flames last season. As we reported earlier this month, Gawdin is slated to become a Group 6 free agent on July 1 unless he plays 73 games for the Flames this coming season.
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Kirkland is likely going to be relegated to AHL depth, as he’s been since joining the Flames organization in 2019. He won’t play a ton, especially with a lot of promising youngsters at the AHL level this season, but the 25-year-old has played a lot of pro hockey and having him around as a mentor and resource for his younger teammates could prove invaluable as the Flames attempt to turn those promising prospects into bonafide NHL players. Kirkland is also slated to become a Group 6 free agent on July 1 (unless he plays 80 games for the Flames this coming season).
With these signings, only two RFAs remained unsigned: Dillon Dube and Connor Mackey.