Flames bring back Lundmark

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Even when he was traded away from the Flames in the 2006-07 season, Jamie Lundmark was of the mind Darryl Sutter had faith in his abilities.

Lundmark found that belief to be true when the Flames GM signed him to a free-agent contract yesterday.

"I thought it would be best to sign with Calgary because I know Darryl and I think Darryl believes in me," Lundmark said. "But I know I have to earn a spot."

The 27-year-old inked a one-year, two-way deal, which means he'll likely start the season with Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Quad City Flames.

However, the ninth overall pick in the 1999 draft has the kind of pro experience that could earn him a shot with Calgary. Certainly if injuries come into play.

"I learned a lot the last few years about myself and my game," he said. "I know I can play in the NHL."

Lundmark was a trade-deadline acquisition of the Flames in the 2005-06 season, and had a strong start to his time with the franchise by netting four goals and six assists in a dozen regular season contests.

However, he struggled mightily the next season, with no goals and four assists in 39 games, before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings along with a pair of draft choices for Craig Conroy.

Last season, he spent a couple of months with Moscow Dynamo before returning to North America and playing with the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, where he collected 13 goals and 20 assists in 51 games.

Schedule sneak-peek

The Flames will announce their complete 2008-09 schedule today, but they let out a couple of teasers yesterday.

Calgary will open the season with a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 9 on the west coast and the Saddledome curtain raiser will happen two nights later, which will feature the Todd Bertuzzi-against-his-old-team storyline.

Thanks to the new scheduling format -- teams will play eight fewer intra-conference games, facing division rivals six times instead of eight -- Calgary will meet Canadian rivals from Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa both at home and on the road.

Toronto will come to Calgary Nov. 11, while the Senators visit the Saddledome Dec. 27 and the Canadiens arrive Feb. 9.

The Flames will be in Montreal Dec. 9, Ottawa March 3, 2009 and Toronto March 14.

Calgary will play all the remaining 12 Eastern Conference teams once, home or away.

Horcoff staying put

The Edmonton Oilers secured their top offensive threat yesterday, signing forward Shawn Horcoff to a US$33-million, six-year contract extension.

Horcoff had 21 goals and 29 assists in 53 games last season before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. The 29-year-old is set to make $3.6 million this coming season.

The deal allows the Oilers, who have had trouble luring free agents to Edmonton this off-season, to keep Horcoff in an Edmonton uniform for the long run.

"Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward," Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe said yesterday.

"Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal."


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