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Flames sign Brett Kulak to 1-year deal

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 23: Calgary Flames Defenceman Brett Kulak (61) in warm ups prior to the regular season NHL game between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs on January 23, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
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The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 for the upcoming 2017-18 season, the team announced on Monday afternoon.

Kulak appeared in 21 games last season as a member of the Flames, collecting three assists as he remains in search of his first career goal. He played just over 14 minutes per night during his time up with the main roster. He split the year between Calgary and the team’s AHL affiliate in Stockton, where he played in 22 games and scored two goals and dished out eight assists during the regular season.

Calgary first selected Kulak in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, while he played for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He spent four seasons in the WHL, before making the transition to join the Flames, whom he debuted with during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Flames are coming off a playoff appearance last season that saw them swept out of the first round of the postseason by the Anaheim Ducks.

He returns to join a Flames defensive unit that is led by the three-headed monster of captain Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton. After signing Kulak, it leaves the team with two remaining restricted free agents in Sam Bennett and Tyler Wotherspoon who remain without a contract prior to the opening of the year.

Calgary will open the 2017 preseason on Sept. 18 when it takes on the Edmonton Oilers. Its regular-season opener is scheduled for Oct. 4 when it will again meet the Oilers.

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