The Calgary Flames have re-signed restricted free agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year deal per the club’s website. The deal is reportedly worth $2.55 million total, per Sportsnet. In signing the deal, Colborne and the Flames avoid a hearing with an arbitrator. Now the big winger can improve on a career year last season as he hopes to become a mainstay in Cow Town.
In addition to locking up another young promising player, Pro Hockey Talk notes that the Flames have finally reached the NHL’s salary cap floor by signing Colborne. The 6’5″ 24-year old who was drafted by the Boston Bruins then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs before landing in Calgary had his best season yet in 2013-14. He tallied 28 points in 80 games played, both of which are career highs.
The Flames will continue to build around young players and while Colborne will never carry the expectations of someone like newly drafted Sam Bennett, he can still be a valuable cog on the team, provided the Flames don’t get caught in a situation two years from now in which they’re overpaying someone who will likely amount to a bottom six forward with offensive upside.
That’s a good player to have on any team hoping to make the playoffs, but only at a certain price. While Calgary isn’t close to the playoffs right now, if they keep locking down young talent, the only direction the team can go is up.
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