The Arizona Coyotes opted not to re-sign veteran defenseman Nicklas Grossmann this offseason, instead letting him walk away in free agency in lieu of other new names for their blue line.
Now, he could be headed elsewhere in their division.
It was reported on Tuesday afternoon that Grossmann, who finished his 2015-16 campaign with three goals and seven points in 58 regular season games for the Coyotes, is potentially being offered a professional tryout contract with the Calgary Flames. He would use that to attend training camp in a few weeks’ time in hopes of earning a more long-term deal with the Alberta-based club.
Drafted 56th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2004, the 31-year-old Grossmann played for the Texas-based club for most of his early NHL career, skating for the Iowa Stars in the AHL and the Dallas club from 2005 to 2012.
At the 2012 trade deadline, the Philadelphia Flyers then picked up the heavyset defenseman – whom they kept on their roster until the summer of 2014, when he headed to Arizona with the contract of LTIR blue liner Chris Pronger as part of the deal that sent Sam Gagner to the Flyers.
Now, he’s a free agent for the first time in his NHL career.
With just 13 goals and 86 points through 589 career NHL games, Grossmann certainly won’t be expected to provide much in the way of offense if he does end up inking a deal with the Flames – and he’s a tough name to justify adding without reason to believe he’d be a good veteran to help Calgary through their upcoming season. As a PTO, though, Calgary loses nothing by giving him a look.