Lombardi agrees in principle to new deal

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

The good news for fans of Matthew Lombardi is it appears the Calgary Flames are set to reward his efforts with a new contract.

The only bad news is it hasn't yet been signed, sealed and delivered.

A day after the organization denied Lombardi signed an extension, they unofficially announced a long-term deal had been verbally agreed to in principle.

No terms were released and an official announcement won't come from the Flames until Lombardi signs a written contract, which may not happen until after the post-season concludes.

French sports network RDS announced Wednesday Lombardi inked a three-year deal worth $5.5 million.

The $1.8-million average per year would be a million-dollar raise over Lombardi's current $800,000 salary.

The 25-year-old centre is nearing the end of a career year, posting 20 goals and 46 points heading into last night's contest against the San Jose Sharks.

He also holds a plus-14 rating through 78 games.

Lombardi is set to become a restricted free agent unless a deal is signed before July 1.

His agent, Kent Hughes, did not return phone calls.

Lombardi was Calgary's third-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (90th overall), two years after he was a seventh-rounder by the Oilers but didn't sign.

In 212 NHL games over three seasons, Lombardi has 42 goals and 59 assists. He also has one goal in 20 career playoff games.


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