Calgary Flames acquire right winger Alex Chiasson

28 Jun

The Calgary Flames acquired right winger Alex Chiasson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenceman Pat Sieloff, the clubs announced Monday.

Chiasson, an impending restricted free agent, has been on the trade market for weeks. The Flames promptly signed the forward to a one-year contract worth $800,000 — a decrease from the $1.2 million he earned in 2015-16.

I guess that the money is favourable, but to give up a young defenceman for a fourth-line right winger? What is this trade all about, are we not being truculent enough?

Since being selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Chiasson has scored 38 goals and added 44 assists for 82 points in 239 career NHL games.

The 22-year-old Sieloff made his NHL debut last season, playing one game with Calgary. In his lone game, he scored the game-winning goal in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on April 9. In 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, he scored two goals, nine assists and recorded 54 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Superior, Mich., was Calgary’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. Sieloff has represented the United States internationally on three occasions, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia.

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