Paul Byron avoided salary arbitration with the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Now he aims to get healthy by the time training camp rolls around.
The 26-year-old told the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson that he will be getting pins out of his wrist during the first week of September. That may cut it close as far as healing up by training camp, but he’s hoping that the situation works out.
Not surprisingly, he said what many players have before him: avoiding arbitration was a big relief.
Byron played in 57 regular season games with the Flames in 2014-15, scoring six goals and 19 points, the second-best run of his NHL career (he scored 21 points in 2013-14). He’s fared quite well for a sixth-round pick, as he was selected 179th overall by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2007.
The Flames’ immediate list of concerns may now boil down to Michael Ferland, although the team has some serious work to do regarding players who are entering the last year of their contracts, as Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau rank among the many who need new deals after 2015-16.
The Calgary Flames announced that they have signed Paul Byron to a one-year contract.
The financial terms of the agreement weren’t released, but his deal is reportedly worth $900K, per Elliotte Friedman.
Byron, 26, was limited to 57 games last season due to injuries and underwent sports hernia and wrist surgeries over the offseason. He finished the 2014-15 campaign with six goals and 19 points in 57 contests.
He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday after completing his previous $600K contract. With Byron re-signed, the Flames’ only remaining restricted free agent is Michael Ferland.
Calgary might not be done this summer after inking Ferland though as captain Mark Giordano, who only has one season left on his contract, could still be re-signed.
The Calgary Flames continue to inch closer to summer vacation mode, as they continued to lock up players with one-year deals for Josh Jooris and Turner Elson on Friday.
The team didn’t provide financial terms for Jooris (pictured), but the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby reports that his contract is worth $975K.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a solid rookie season for Calgary, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 60 games. His postseason didn’t go so well, as he failed to register a point in nine playoff contests.
Perhaps that explains why he spoke about avoiding complacency, as the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson reports?
Both Jooris and Elson came to the Flames as undrafted free agents. In 59 games with the AHL’s Adriondack Flames, Elson, 22, generated 17 goals and 30 points.
Calgary’s already had a busy couple days, as they came to terms with Lance Bouma on Thursday.