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Flames sign backup goale Irving to one-year deal

Jul 27, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

Leland Irving

There will be some competition to back up Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary this season.

That’s the news out of Calgary today as the Flames announced they’ve re-signed RFA goalie Leland Irving to a one-year, two-way deal worth $687,500 at the NHL level, $207,500 at the AHL level.

Irving, 23, was part of the deep goaltending class of 2006, taken 26th overall (Jonathan Bernier, Riku Helenius and Semyon Varlamov went ahead of Irving; Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth went soon after.)

He’s played almost exclusively for AHL Abbotsford over the last two years but did make his NHL debut in 2011-12, appearing in seven games while posting a 1-3-3 record with a 3.20 GAA and .912 save percentage.

In a press release, Flames GM Jay Feaster said Irving will compete in “what should be a hard-fought and spirited battle in training camp” with Calgary’s other backup netminder, Henrik Karlsson.

Irving’s also believed to be the only player in NHL history named “Leland.” So he’s got that going for him.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    This is the make or break year for Irving, in camp either he or Karlsson needs to step up and grab the backup job because Kipper can’t play 70+ games again. Its fairly obvious the Flames want it to be Irving though, late last season Karlsson would backup in games that Kipper started but in any game where they wanted to start a backup they would call up Irving to do so.

  2. charleslouis99 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Irving and Laurent brossoit are the future for Calgary’s goaltending if they ever get rid of karlsson and kiprusoff

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      Karlsson’s got one year left on his contract so he won’t be around long, I’m sure they’d move him for a pick right now if there were any takers. It’s hard to imagine this team without Kipper, but he’s in his mid 30’s so Calgary needs to start that transition. Not too familiar with Brossoit, is that the Oil Kings goalie?

      • charleslouis99 - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        I think he is but I know he’s one of their prospects and if they’re out of it by the trade deadline *firesale

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      I think it’ll all depend on Iginla, they’ll talk to him before the season to see what kind of contract he wants, assuming he wants to keep playing past this year, as long as he’s here I don’t see the owners/management rebuilding, but if he were to be traded or leave via free agency then yeah that’ll be when the fire sale and rebuild starts in my opinion.

      I think they’re better (on paper) than last year, the key will be a good start and not playing horribly for a month to month and a half in Nov/Dec like they have the past few seasons.

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