Moss not resting on laurels

David Moss inked a deal earlier this week with the Flames but hasn't felt the need to celebrate....

David Moss inked a deal earlier this week with the Flames but hasn't felt the need to celebrate. (Sun File/Jason Franson)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

On the same night it was announced the Calgary Flames re-signed David Moss, the humble winger picked up pasta for two and shared a quiet dinner with his dad.

The two-year contract is thought to be worth more than a million dollars -- $575,000 per season should Moss stick with the big club this winter, with the first being a two-way option -- so it would be safe to assume the 25-year-old shelled out for the spaghetti.

Moss chuckles into the phone.

"Actually, he gave me 20 bucks," he said of his dad, Jim.

That says a lot about where Moss gets his good nature and sincerity from.

The 6-ft. 3-in., 200-plus pounder made a short detour to Omaha after the Flames fell to his hometown Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs but has been staying with his parents ever since.

Moss inked the deal earlier this week but hasn't felt the need to celebrate. He's focused on following up a pleasantly surprising rookie season during which he potted 10 goals and 18 points in 41 games.

"I don't think there's any reason to celebrate too much now. It's nice to know it's over but ...," he said.

"Last year I wasn't expected to maybe be there as much but I had a great opportunity. They gave me another chance to come back and I'm really excited."

Adding to the motivation and excitement yesterday was a phone call from new Flames head coach Mike Keenan.

Moss has watched Keenan as a coach and general manager over the years but they have never crossed paths.

"I actually got a chance to talk to him today so I'm excited to meet him and to get to Calgary and get going," Moss said. "He called to say congratulations and to introduce himself. He seemed real nice and very positive."

One of the reasons Moss -- whose dad, a self-professed 'Original Sixer' as a lifelong Red Wings fan, is equally enthused about the addition of the new coach -- likes the move is Keenan's association with respect and hard work, which fits in with the club's intended identity.

While the intent of Keenan's call shouldn't be questioned, you can't help but wonder whether the bench boss planted a seed of inspiration for training camp.

"Sure," Moss said. "He said make sure you're working hard."

That won't be a problem. The soon-to-be sophomore has spent what he calls a "pretty boring" summer following strength and conditioning coach Rich Hesketh's program to stay in shape.

Moss will get on the ice in the coming weeks, too, although he's not part of the mid-July Flames development camp.

His dad is confident Keenan will join the growing list of players and coaches who have faith in his boy.

"He has always kind of flown under the radar," Jim said. "But people that play with him, they know, guys that coached him, they know what he's capable of."

Pro-rated over a full season, Moss' total last year is on par with a 20-goal campaign.

Moss, however, is willing to take on any role with the big club. He just wants to be in Calgary next season.

"I'm going to go in there and try to earn a job again. Whatever role I'm put in, that's the role I'll have," Moss said. "Put into the right situation, I can be a goal-scorer but I don't think I'm going to go in there saying I need to score 20 goals or the season's going to be a failure.

"As long as you're working hard, I think the goals come."


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