Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames
General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the resigning of centres Craig Conroy
and Daymond Langkow
, left wing Eric Nystrom
and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
“Conroy and Langkow are two of our top centermen who are strong role models for our team both on and off the ice” said Sutter. “Especially with more young wingers in our line-up next season, their experience and leadership will be important. We are happy to be able to make it work by fitting them into our salary structure.”
Conroy, a native of Potsdam, NY, and a veteran of 846 NHL games, is entering his 13th NHL season split between Calgary, Los Angeles, Montreal, and St. Louis.
Conroy, a former Flames captain, continues his second tour of duty with Calgary after spending four seasons with the Flames (2000-2004) which was highlighted by winning the Western Conference in 2004 where he finished second in team playoff scoring with 17 points.
Langkow, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, and a veteran of 868 NHL games, is entering his 12th NHL season. He is coming off his second highest offensive season in 2007-08 scoring 30 goals and adding 35 assists for 65 points in 80 games.
Originally a first round (5th overall) selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning
, Langkow has spent time with Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Calgary. He has been a plus player and scored 20+ goals in each of the past six seasons. His last two years in Calgary have been career highs for offensive output for Langkow, registering 77 and 65 points.
“After coming back this past year, Nystrom proved that he can play on our team,” said Sutter. “His size, energy and aggressive play will continue to be important qualities for our line-up. Additionally, we expect his offensive skills to continue to develop.”
Nystrom, hailing from Syosset, NY, is entering his second year with the Flames after playing 44 games and netting three goals and seven assists last season.
Originally a Calgary Flames
first round (10th overall) selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Nystrom spent the majority of the season in Calgary after starting out the year in Quad Cities (AHL). Nystrom is one of three former Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) on the Flames roster skating alongside David Moss and recently acquired Mike Cammalleri. Eric is the son of former New York Islanders
great Bob Nystrom.
“Moving forward we expect more young players in our line-up and Curtis McElhinney has earned the right to be part of that group,” said Sutter. “He will compete with our other young goaltenders for that position.”
McElhinney, a native of London, ON, saw his first NHL action last season playing in five games for the Flames registering a 2.00 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
After are stellar 2006-07 season with Omaha where McElhinney finished 1st in the AHL in shutouts (7), 2nd in goals against average (2.13), and 3rd in wins (35), he was selected to the AHL All-Star Team. Prior to that, he spent four seasons at Colorado College where he earned All-American honours in 2005.