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Flames decide to toughen up

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

With just one apparent hole left to plug, the Calgary Flames may have rounded out their roster this week by adding a heavyweight.

Rumour has it last year's Northwest Division champs have inked tough guy Eric Godard -- likely to a two-way, one-year contract around the league minimum.

While no one at the team's head office was available to confirm the signing yesterday, both the league and Player Association's official websites (NHL.com and NHLPA.com) already have Godard listed as a Flame.

The right-winger was a part-time enforcer with the New York Islanders last season, appearing in 57 games and racking up 115 penalty minutes.

Godard became unrestricted after the Isles, who scooped up former Flames fighter Chris Simon as a free agent earlier this summer, chose not to qualify the 6-ft. 4-in., 235-pounder.

Godard, a Vernon, B.C., product was undrafted in the NHL after playing three seasons with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In other news, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired left winger Kyle Calder from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for centre Michal Handzus, according to Flyers GM Bob Clarke.

Mike Comrie re-signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for $3 million US for 2006-2007 prior to a scheduled salary arbitration hearing Friday.

The 26-year-old centre from Edmonton shared the team lead with 30 goals and matched a career high with 60 points in 80 games while earning $1.748 million last season.

Meanwhile, Mika Noronen, opting not to sit on the end of Vancouver's bench as the backup to Roberto Luongo, has agreed to stop pucks for Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian elite league.


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