2019 NHL Free Agency
Another day and another signing for the Calgary Flames as they continue to build their roster. On Tuesday the Flames inked 22 year old Alberta native Justin Kirkland to a 1 year, two way deal worth $700k. Kirkland has spent the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, playing in 142 games and racking up 48 points over that time frame. Last season he played in only nine more games than 2017-18, but he saw his point totals go up. In 2018-19 he notched nine goals and 21 assists, which was an nice improvement from his 2017-18 season where he had only seven goals and eleven assists.
There’s a good chance Kirkland is another body to bolster Stockton’s roster as the 2019-20 season approaches. He was originally drafted by Nashville Predators in 2014 with 62nd overall pick and has yet to see NHL action.
As for a player leaving Calgary, Dalton Prout signed a one year, $800k contract with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Prout spent just one season in Calgary after being acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils back in 2017-18 for Calgary’s backup goalie Eddie Lack. The rugged defenceman was brought to Calgary to give them a shot of toughness, but he didn’t get a ton on playing time. Prout played in just 20 game with Calgary, collecting one goal and one assist.