The Calgary Flames have added D Nicklas Grossmann to its training camp roster, agreeing to a PTO the 10-year vet per this tweet from Dean Molberg of The Fan 960. Grossman appeared in 58 games in 2015-16 with the Arizona Coyotes, scoring three goals and seven points and posting a -3 plus-minus rating. Drafted by Dallas in the second-round of the 2004 entry draft, Grossman has also spent time with the Stars and Philadelphia Flyers during his NHL career.
Grossman joins a relatively crowded Flames blue line corps led by team captain Mark Giordano and rising young star Dougie Hamilton. Veterans T.J. Brodie, Dennis Wideman and Deryk Engelland also figure to hold down regular roles. Young Jyrki Jokipakka, acquired at the trade deadline in the Kris Russell deal, will compete with Ladislav Smid and presumably Grossman for the sixth spot.
There has been talk that Calgary could be interested in a reunion with Russell, who has lingered on the free agent market all summer. It’s unclear if adding Grossman in any way changes that line of thinking though Russell, despite his struggles landing a lucrative free agent deal, is still a reasonably competent NHL blue liner whereas Grossman is likely more of a depth option at this point.
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