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Flames Sign Roman Cervenka For $3.775M

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Roman Cervenka.

“Roman is a highly skilled player with great hands, excellent vision and the ability to score goals at an elite level of play,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line centre.  John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe. We made an aggressive pitch to convince him that Calgary was the perfect place for him to start his NHL career, and we are extremely pleased Roman agreed. We look forward to welcoming him to the Flames and our great city.”

Cervenka played the last two years with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). During the 2010-11 season he received the top goal scorer award, registering 31 goals in 51 games while playing alongside fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr. He was also selected to play in the KHL All-Star Game collecting more fan votes than any other player in the league. During 2011-12, the Prague native recorded 23 goals during the regular season while notching a league leading 22 points from 11 goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games. Cervenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Contract terms: 1 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $3,775,000.

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Ducksworth's avatar

Too much money…

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 05/02/12 at 05:20 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think he’s going to be surprised by the amount of traffic in front of the net, he’s not going to be used tot he abuse…

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/02/12 at 03:22 PM ET

That was my thought watching the highlight reel as well.  He went untouched a lot of times when in the NHL he’d be laying on his back.  Since he doesn’t seem particularly shifty to compensate, it looks like he’ll need to get used to some abuse…

Posted by Primis on 05/02/12 at 05:33 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Goodbye Jokinen.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/02/12 at 05:35 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Goodbye Jokinen.

Why do I have this feeling…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/02/12 at 05:55 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

No risk, no reward, I guess.

I think it’s an overpayment, but Calgary seems intent on avoiding the complete organizational rebuild they probably need.  Who knows, the guy might go gangbusters?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/02/12 at 06:02 PM ET


To the owner(s) of the Flames,

There is a giant elephant in the room; your team does not have what it takes to win much of anything.  Put your diehard fans out of their misery and start a rebuild!  Oh, wait a second, I am an American, therefore I know not what I speak of—I digress.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 05/02/12 at 09:51 PM ET

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