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Flames re-sign Byron despite not qualifying him

Jul 4, 2014, 9:59 AM EST

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The Calgary Flames allowed Paul Byron to test the unrestricted free agent market when they decided against presenting him with a qualifying offer. After seeing what was out there though, the 25-year-old forward and Flames agreed on a one-year deal.

Byron split the 2013-14 campaign between the AHL Abbotsford Heat and Flames, but his new contract is one-way, per the Calgary Sun.

When he was with the Flames last season, Byron averaged 14:26 minutes per game. He scored seven goals and registered 14 assists in 47 contests. That brings him up to 81 career NHL games spread out over four campaigns.

Calgary now has nine forwards signed to one-way contracts. NCAA standout John Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are both signed to entry-level deals, but are also expected to make the team, as are restricted free agents Joe Colborne and Lance Bouma.

  1. jetfan74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Will there be anybody worth watching @ the AHL level? I claim ignorance as an Islander fan but I live 1.5 miles from the Civic Center where the little club will be playing for at least the next 3 yrs. Thx for any info!!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      The Flames system is loaded with prospects, there will be plenty of players on the baby Flames, Baertschi might still be there, Reinhart, Knight, Granlund, Bill Arnold, Hanowski, Patrick Seiloff, and Joni Ortio will play 60 games in goal, he looks like a star. There’s plenty of other players but obviously we won’t know all of them until October.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Also the one way contract only means he gets paid X amount regardless of playing in the NHL or AHL, Byron will likely be in Adirondack for part of the year.

  2. hauger88 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    What are Agostinos chances of sticking? Just wondering. Try to follow the Jersey kids as much as possible. Thanks to anyone who had any insight

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I would think he’ll spend the majority of the year in Adirondack learning the pro game.

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