Flames sign a forward and a defenseman
“They want me to come in and be a scorer and help contribute offensively,” Leivo said shortly after Saturday’s announcement.
Leivo scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 36 games last season.
“He had more lucrative, probably, opportunities back home,” said Flames general manager Brad Treliving. “But he wants to try it. He wants to be an NHL player.”
Though he’s left-handed, he’ll play on the right side for the Flames.
“He’s played a lot of right side. He’s very comfortable over there,” Treliving said. “And that would be the plan for us.”
Top remaining NHL free agents
Emily Sadler of Sportsnet: The top remaining unrestricted free agents and a quick note about each.
1 Mike Hoffman – He’s okay with a one-year deal and there are plenty of teams still interested.
2. Mikael Granlund – Could take a short-term deal to get his career back on track.
3. Travis Hamonic – The Winnipeg Jets need help on the blue line and he has ties to Manitoba.
4. Ilya Kovalchuk – Played well for the Montreal Canadiens and could return on a low-cost deal.
5. Erik Haula – Has been some speculation of a Vegas Golden Knights return but they have salary cap concerns.
6. Carl Soderberg – Could interest someone looking for a versatile third-line center.
7. Anthony Duclair – The Ottawa Senators haven’t closed the door on Duclair but he may not get the role he wants.
8. Sami Vatanen – The Vancouver Canucks are looking for another defenseman and Vatanen could be a fit.
9. Andreas Athanasiou – Scored 30 goals in 2018-19.
10. Alex Galchenyuk – He hit 50 points several years and could be a bargain if he finds the right fit.
11. Derick Brassard – Fit in well with the New York Islanders. Could get a short-term deal.
12. Corey Perry – Had a good post-season.
13. Zdeno Chara – Will he be back with the Boston Bruins?
14. Colin Wilson – Could be a depth signing at center or on the wing.
15. Matt Martin – Could re-sign with the Islanders.
16. Conor Sheary – Likely a one-year deal to try and get his career going again.
17. Dominik Kahun – Didn’t get qualified at recording 31 points last season. Only 25-years old.
18. Corey Schneider – Signed with the Islanders.
19. Ron Hainsey – Added depth for a contender.
20. Melker Karlsson – Can play all three forward positions and kill penalties.