According to TSN on Tuesday, the Calgary Flames signed three free agents on the first day where National Hockey League players were eligible for free agency. The Flames acquired Mason Raymond from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jonas Hiller from the Anaheim Ducks and Deryk Engelland from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hiller is the most significant signing of the three because it is expected he will be the Flames' number one goaltender. Hiller became expendable in Anaheim with the progression of John Gibson and Frederik Andersen. Last season Hiller played in 50 regular season games and posted an excellent record of 29-13-7, a 2.48 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and five shutouts. A native of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, Hiller signed a two year deal worth $9 million.
However even though Hiller's numbers were respectable, he struggled with the Ducks down the stretch during the regular season and seemed to lack the faith of Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. Nevertheless, Hiller was with the Ducks since 2007-08, and during that time posted a career record of 162-110-32, with a 2.51 goals against average, .916 save percentage and 21 career shutouts.
Raymond, a native of Calgary, will join his third Canadian team having played previously with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. Last season, Raymond, a forward who can play left or right wing, had 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 82 regular season games in Toronto. He has 99 goals, 124 assists and 223 points in 456 career games. His deal is for three years and worth $9.5 million.
Engelland, who is an enforcer, is considered one of the toughest defenseman in the National Hockey League. Last season Engelland, a native of Edmonton, had six goals and six assists for 12 points in 56 regular season games. In his career he has 308 penalty minutes in 243 regular season games. His contract is three years worth $8.7 million.
Raymond was one four Calgary natives to switch teams on Tuesday. Goaltender Chad Johnson signed a two year contract worth $2.6 million to move from Boston to the New York Islanders, right winger Patrick Eaves signed a one year deal worth $650,000 with Dallas from Nashville, and defenceman Mike Moore signed a one year deal worth $550,000 with Washington from Boston. Meanwhile, Calgary raised Devan Dubnyk signed a one year deal worth $800,000 with Phoenix from Montreal.