Adam Ruzicka’s contract situation was finally sorted Wednesday, just hours before the Calgary Flames opened training camp with fitness testing and medicals.
Ruzicka signed a two-year pact with an average salary-cap hit of US$762,500. It’s a two-way deal for this coming season — meaning he would earn a lower wage if reassigned to the minors — and a one-way for next. The 23-year-old centre was Calgary’s last remaining restricted free agent.
Ruzicka logged 28 appearances last winter as an NHL rookie, contributing five goals and five assists. He added 11 goals and 20 points in 16 outings with the farm team.
The Flames are deep down the middle, with a hat-trick of established pivots in Elias Lindholm, Nazem Kadri and Mikael Backlund.
Ruzicka, a big dude at 6-foot-4 and 220 lb., will be competing in camp for fourth-line duties. To score a spot in the opening-night lineup, he’ll have to outperform free-agent addition Kevin Rooney and tryout option Cody Eakin, among others.
The Flames will lace ’em up Thursday for the first on-ice sessions. The training-camp roster consists of six goaltenders, 23 defencemen and 38 forwards and includes rugged right-winger Brett Ritchie, who is rumoured to be returning on a one-year contract.