Calgary Flames sign Jiri Hudler to 4-year, $16M contract


Jiri Hudler - Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames signed Jiri Hudler to a 4-year contract.

The Calgary Flames have signed 28-year old Czech winger, Jiri Hudler to a 4-year $16M contract.

In 7 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Hudler has played 409 career games, tallying 87 goals and 214 points. He scored 25 goals and 50 points in 81 games last season.

“Jiri Hudler is a highly skilled and dynamic offensive player,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is one of the very best goal scorers in the NHL at even strength and he puts a very high percentage of his shots on net, generating scoring chances for himself and rebound opportunities for his teammates. He fits our need to upgrade and improve our skill and we are very pleased to have him on board.”

This signing brings into question the whole “Jaromir Jagr to the Calgary Flames” thing. As has been previously speculated, many Flames fans thought that Feaster would bring another Czech player into the Flames lineup to help recently-added centerman, Roman Cervenka, transition into the NHL. While hudler may not be the mentor that Cervenka needs, he’ll surely help him figure out how to translate “Yee Haw” into Czech.

Personally, I like Hudler. He’s proven himself as a solid player with great skills and an ability to get the puck on the net. It’s clear (again) that there’s no rebuild in the Flames near future, so I guess we better embrace this newly retooled team and hope for the best.

What do you think of this signing? Is he worth it?

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  • Mahotmet

    People mocked the Wideman signing.  People mocked the Hudler signing.  They won’t be laughing at all when Hudler scores at a PPG and Wideman is a top Norris nominee.  

  • Warren Peece

    Hopefully one of these signings will become the spark needed to ignite this team’s vast array of talented players to get them up to the potential that’s been missing in recent years.  

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