Calgary is on the verge of offering a training camp tryout to Nicklas Grossman, according to a report from The Fan 960.
Grossmann, 31, spent last season in Arizona, where he racked up three goals and seven points in 58 games, averaging just under 18 minutes per night.
Prior to his stint in the desert, Grossmann played four years in Philly and six in Dallas, and it’s that time in Dallas that might’ve scored him a tryout with the Flames.
Calgary’s new head coach, Glen Gulutzan, coached Grossmann with the Stars during the ’11-12 campaign. Gulutzan played Grossmann a lot — 18:59 per game, one of the highest TOI averages of the big Swede’s career — so it’s easy to see why the Flames are giving Grossmann a look-see.
Of course, he remains a longshot to actually make the roster. Grossmann’s had issues with his skating and keeping pace, and Calgary doesn’t have a ton of open spots on defense.
Based on their current depth chart, the Flames have Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dennis Wideman, Dougie Hamilton, Ladislav Smid, Jyrki Jokipakka and Deryk Engelland slotted in as the top seven, though Smid did miss a bunch of time last season with a neck injury.