Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Ink Frolik to Five-Year Contract, Bring Back Goalie Ramo Another Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Ink Frolik to Five-Year Contract, Bring Back Goalie Ramo Another Season

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Flames sign Frolik, bring back Ramo

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CALGARY - The Calgary Flames signed "utility tool" Michael Frolik to a five-year contract and brought goaltender Karri Ramo back for another season when unrestricted free agency opened Wednesday.

Frolik's deal is worth US$4.3 million annually. Ramo will earn $3.8 million on a one-year deal.

Those moves came a day after Calgary announced newly acquired defenceman Dougie Hamilton signed on for six years and $34.5 million.

Frolik, 27, is coming off back-to-back 42-point seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. The right-winger played all 82 games this past season for 19 goals and 23 assists. His plus-minus was plus-8. The six-foot-one, 200-pound Czech was held pointless in four playoff games.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving compared Frolik to a "Swiss Army Knife."

"He's able to do a lot of different things that are very valuable," Treliving said. "He probably is not going to be a guy that scores you 30 goals, but he's going to do a lot of the heavy lifting in some of the areas that aren't so sexy that help you win games."

Frolik was paid $3.3 million in 2014-15.

"Calgary has a lot of talent. I had a good feeling about them," Frolik told The Canadian Press from Florida. "I talked to (Flames forward) Jiri Hudler too and he said the city is great and the organization is perfect too.

"They did the right steps last year and I think they've got a bright future in front of them and that's why I chose Calgary. I'm looking for success there."

Frolik won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, when he had three goals and seven assists in 23 playoff games. He's compiled 95 goals and 140 assists in 512 career games with Florida, Chicago and Winnipeg.

The Flames also signed centre Derek Grant, who played last season in the American Hockey League for the Binghamton Senators, to a one-year contract. Calgary dealt minor-league forward Max Reinhart to Nashville Predators for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.

Ramo, who turned 29 on Wednesday, posted a 15-9-3 record, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in his second season in Calgary.

The Finn replaced Jonas Hiller during Calgary's second-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. …

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