Calgary Flames GM Craig Conroy wasted no time in signing his newest player.
After acquiring the rights to pending RFA forward Yegor Sharangovich, along with a third-round pick in this week’s NHL Draft, in exchange for veteran winger Tyler Toffoli, Conroy signed Sharangovich to a two-year deal with an AAV of $3.1 million.
Now it will be up to the 25-year-old Sharangovich to make good on this new opportunity with the Flames.
“I’m so happy,” Sharangovich told Flames website writer Ryan Dittrick after inking the deal.
“It’s a really big chance to step up in my career and play better than my last couple years. I’m really excited and can’t wait to meet all the players and I can’t wait for the start of the season and to start playing in Calgary.”
There will be pressure. The Canadian market guarantees it.
By all accounts, Sharangovich has shown a likeable personality in New Jersey. And with a 20-goal season as a sophomore in the NHL, there is some potential, too. Conroy and the Calgary Flames’ pro scouts liked the fit enough to make the deal despite giving up a first and fifth along with a prospect in picking Toffoli up from the Montreal Canadiens a season and a half ago.
The Belarusian found himself falling behind on the upstart Devils roster, dropping from the top six to the top nine and then finding himself a healthy scratch. A new start with the Flames may help prove he can be a 20-goal player capable of 40 or 50 points. He’s got penalty killing experience, too.
“He’s kind of come on the radar the last two or three years. I’ve read the reports. I’ve watched him. And when you see him, he’s a big guy, he skates well, he goes to the net and shoots the puck well. He has that knack around the net and is only getting better — especially at 25,” Conroy told the Flames website after the deal. “His game is just coming.
“We feel like if we put him in a position to have success, he will.”