Looking to snare one of the top six roles up front left vacant with the departures of a few unrestricted free agents, Jamie Lundmark re-signed with the Calgary Flames.
The one-year, two-way deal announced yesterday is worth US$600,000 if the Edmonton-raised product sticks around in the NHL for the entire season.
And that, he said, is his aim.
"My goal this year is to play 82 games in the NHL. I think this is the best situation for me to be in," said Lundmark from his off-season home near Philadelphia. "I love Calgary. My family loves Calgary. It was a pretty easy decision."
Michael Cammalleri left for greener pastures with the Montreal Canadiens, and Todd Bertuzzi doesn't appear to be in the Flames' plans, so there are spots up for grabs for a talented offensive forward.
Lundmark can play all three forward positions.
The Flames also officially announced the signing of Jason Jaffray, who grew up in nearby Olds and spent the last couple of years with the AHL Manitoba Moose and Vancouver Canucks.
He signed a two-year, two-way deal at the league minimum salary.
Along with Kyle Greentree and Dustin Boyd, that quartet could be battling for a full-time role in training camp come September.
"That was one of the deciding factors," said Jaffray, whose family is as excited as he is about the possibilities.
GM Darryl Sutter was one of three Sutters to talk to Jaffray -- along with Abbotsford GM Duane and Flames coach Brent.
"He pretty much came straight out with me and said that there are going to be one or two spots that they need some younger kids to fight for," said the 28-year-old Jaffray, who netted nine goals and 19 points during the Moose's playoff run that ended in the Calder Cup final. "Depending on how camp goes and how my exhibition play is, I could be one of those guys."
Originally trading for Lundmark late in the 2005-06 season, the Flames dealt him to the Los Angeles Kings the following year to re-acquire Craig Conroy.
Re-signing him before last season as a free agent, Darryl Sutter showed he still believes in Lundmark's ability.
The former first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers is confident he can be the player so many envisioned when he was chosen ninth overall back in 1999.
"I still feel young. I still feel great. I still think I have the best years ahead of me," said Lundmark, 28. "I think I have a lot more in me. I can be a better player in the NHL."
His path has taken him through Italy and Russia and four AHL teams since the lockout began, including with Hartford when current Flames assistant was head coach of the Wolf Pack. But he feels Calgary offers him the best chance to shine again at the top level.
"That's what the whole last few years has been for me, getting back into the NHL," said Lundmark, who scored eight goals and 16 points in 27 games late last season.
"I think I showed that I can play in the NHL at the end of last year. I've just got to kind of keep going and keep building from there and accomplish things that I set out to do in the NHL."