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Joe Colborne signs with the Avalanche

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A sad day as Joe Colborne is signed by the Colorado Avalanche

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the free agency period, it was apparent that the Flames would have to sacrifice some of their players. Between the new contracts and players brought in, and the resigning of established Flames such as Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, some players would have to leave Calgary to make enough cap space.

The first of those casualties is Joe Colborne.

Colborne signed a 2yr/$5M deal with the Colorado Avalanche today as free agency opened. Colborne had not received a qualifying offer from the Flames meaning that Calgary gets no compensation for him leaving.

Colborne had a career high 44 points last season however the signing of Troy Brouwer made him expendable today.

However, Colborne's impact on the City of Calgary will be missed. Colborne's Forces was an integral part of home games over the past two seasons. I'm hoping that somebody can carry on that tradition for the Flames.

All the best Joe! Just not against the Flames please.