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Calgary Flames Lose Two, Retain One

No big moves so far as free agency gets underway in the NHL.



The Calgary Flames haven't made any major moves as free agency has started, but there have been some comings and goings this Friday afternoon.

The Flames are retaining forward Buddy Robinson according to reports. It's reported he's getting a one year, one-way deal worth $700,000. Robinson is known for being Johnny Gaudreau's boyhood friend and saw a little bit of time with the big club last season. The physical right winger played in five games with the Calgary Flames in 2019-20 and collected one goal and seven penalty minutes.

As for goings, the Flames are clearly in the market for another goaltender. Cam Talbot signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild this afternoon, reportedly for three years worth $11.5 million dollars. Talbot certainly played himself into a better contract with another club this season as he was the Flames only goaltender through the playoffs and eventually surpassed David Rittich on the depth chart late in the abbreviated regular season. The Flames have been linked to Jacob Markstrom, the free agent goalie from Vancouver and the Canucks have clearly moved on from him as they have signed Braden Holtby to a two-year deal.

And finally, to no one's surprise, the Mark Jankowski era in Calgary is over . The controversial draft pick signed a contract today with the Pittsburgh Penguins for one season worth $700,000. Janko never lived up to the lofty draft expectations placed on him over his three full seasons with the Flames. In 208 career games the Hamilton Ontario native only scored 36 goals and collected 28 assists. The Flames were heavily criticized for drafting Jankowski so high and the draft pundits appear to be more on target than Jay Feaster was in regard to the now 26 year old centre.

by Mark Parkinson