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Calgary Flames ink extension for Tyler Wotherspoon

April 18, 2015: Calgary Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon (26) during game one the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff round two against the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

The Calgary Flames still have a handful of restricted free agents left to sign – but with just a few weeks left until training camp starts, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon won’t be one of them.

The team confirmed via official press release on Monday morning that Wotherspoon, a former second round pick for the club, has inked a one year extension. The team did not confirm the monetary amount of the deal, but did report that the deal is two-way in nature.

Selected 57th overall by Calgary in 2011, the 23-year-old Wotherspoon is coming off of his entry-level deal with the Pacific Division club, during which he produced mixed results on the ice.

A mainstay of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks before going pro, the Burnaby, British Columbia native split last season between the AHL’s Stockton Heat and the NHL club in Calgary. While with the Flames, he put up one assist in 11 games, then was good for two goals and 10 points in 53 regular season games for Stockton. Neither club saw the postseason this year.

This deal still leaves two of the team’s key RFA’s left without contracts, as forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan remain unsigned as August draws out. The fact that a new contract was announced this week, though, could mean that the Flames are close to finishing up all of their necessary business – so it wouldn’t be surprising to see deals for Gaudreau and Monahan come out this week, as well.

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