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Flames sign KHL playoff scoring champ to $3.8 million deal

May 2, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

Roman Cervenka

Some intriguing news out of Calgary today as the Flames have agreed on a one-year, $3.8 million deal with KHL standout Roman Cervenka.

“Roman is a highly skilled player with great hands, excellent vision and the ability to score goals at an elite level of play,” said GM Jay Feaster. “Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line centre.”

Cervenka, 26, has starred with Omsk Avangard of the KHL over the last two years. He was named an All-Star, led the KHL in goalscoring and led the recently-finished playoffs in points (22 in 20 games).

He also represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympics and was Jaromir Jagr‘s linemate during Jagr’s final year with Omsk.

“[Flames assistant GM] John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe,” Feaster continued. “We made an aggressive pitch to convince him that Calgary was the perfect place for him to start his NHL career, and we are extremely pleased Roman agreed.”

The Cervenka signing could spell the end of Olli Jokinen‘s time in Calgary. The 33-year-old Finn is an unrestricted free agent and faded badly down the stretch, posting a minus-14 rating while scoring just two goals with no assists.

  1. miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Always good to see the NHL add top tier talent. Can’t wait to see what this guy can do.

    • barkar942 - May 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Yes, but is he as good as Radulov with his stick on the bench? And does he know to set his watch to Phoenix time when in Phoenix?

      • dougr42 - May 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        He’s probably got the time zone adjustment thing down pat since Russia has like 57 time zones.

  2. bloggersarenotjournalists - May 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Scored a hat-trick vs the Russians in the 2011 WC Bronze medal game

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - May 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Hopefully his game translates over here, between him and Sven Baertschi that’s some pretty decent offense being added to the Flames lineup. Their next step should be to find some centremen who can win faceoffs, being 46-48% yeart after year obviously isn’t working!

    Now they just need to find a decent coach…and that’s not Bob Hartley! Expect a lot of PO’d Flames fans (myself included) if they hire him!

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