Saturday: The Flames have confirmed Poolman’s re-signing.
Friday: It may not be the surprise deal that brother Tucker Poolman got with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, but defenseman Colton Poolman has signed a new deal of his own. CapFriendly reports that Poolman and the Calgary Flames have come to terms on a one-year extension. Poolman’s new contract actually carries a lesser NHL salary at the minimum $750K compared to his $842.5K entry-level deal, but he earns a raise in the AHL from $70K to $80K.
Poolman, 25, is older than your average second-year pro, but his long-term development path has produced a defender with a well-rounded, intelligent game. A highly sought-after NCAA free agent last off-season, the Flames knew that they were getting a polished product when they emerged as the lucky winners for his services. The former University of North Dakota standout took his lumps early in his first AHL season, but improved as the year went on. A capable puck-mover and solid defensive player, Poolman is a reliable presence on the back end.
Poolman may not have much upside beyond what he has already showed, but is still a nice depth option. The Flames are deep on the blue line and it would be a surprise to see Poolman among the initial seven or eight names on the opening night roster. However, Poolman will be one of the top call-up options and in his second season with the team should make his NHL debut at some point.