The Calgary Flames have locked up one of their two remaining restricted free agents, inking Tyler Wotherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. The team now has just Sam Bennett left to sign, with the latest report indicating that there is still quite a gap between the two sides.
Wotherspoon played just four games for the Flames last season has yet to reach his second-round draft potential, but remains an interesting young option for the team. In 30 career NHL games he has just five points, but has proven himself a capable two-way player in the AHL. The 24-year old defenseman gives the Flames some nice depth behind a defense corps that should be among the best in the NHL.
There is still a chance that Wotherspoon cracks the roster out of camp, but at this point it seems more likely that Brett Kulak and Matt Bartkowski will fight for the final spot next to Michael Stone, sending Wotherspoon back to Stockton this year. Should he falter at the AHL level the Flames have several prospects ready to jump over him on the depth chart, making this a very important year for the young defender.