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Flames sign D Nicklas Grossmann to one-year contract

11 March 2016: Arizona Coyotes Defenceman Nicklas Grossmann (2) [4604] skates with the puck during an NHL Hockey game between the Calgary Flames and the Arizona Coyotes at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo byÊJose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)
(Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)

The Calgary Flames added the final piece to their season-opening roster on Tuesday, signing defenseman Nicklas Grossmann to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Grossmann will receive $575,000 on his one-way deal.

Grossmann had been a participant in Calgary’s training camp on a professional tryout contract. He became the second player signed on Tuesday by the Flames, who also inked Kris Versteeg to a one-year deal – worth $950,000, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger – after the forward attended the Edmonton Oilers’ camp on a tryout contract.

The 31-year-old Grossmann spent last season with Arizona, recording three goals, four assists and a minus-3 rating in 58 games. The Coyotes had acquired the veteran from the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom he spent the previous 3 1/2 campaigns, in June 2015 along with the contract of Chris Pronger for Sam Gagner and a draft pick.

Grossmann became the eighth defenseman on Calgary’s roster, joining captain Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, TJ Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, Deryk Engelland, Jyrki Jokipakka and Brett Kulak.

Selected by Dallas in the second round of the 2004 draft, Grossmann made his debut with the Stars in 2006-07, appearing in eight games without landing on the scoresheet. He collected seven assists in 62 contests the following season and scored his first NHL goal in 2008-09, finishing the campaign with a pair – along with 10 assists – in 81 games.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossmann spent 2 1/2 more seasons in Dallas before being traded to Philadelphia during the 2011-12 campaign. A native of Sweden, he has registered 13 goals, 73 assists, 312 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in 589 career games with the Stars, Flyers and Coyotes.

Grossmann also has appeared in 31 playoff contests with Dallas and Philadelphia, recording one goal, two assists and 16 penalty minutes. He helped his country capture a pair of medals in international play as he was a member of Sweden’s teams that won bronze at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and silver at the event two years later.

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