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Higgins likes Calgary

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

It didn’t take long for Christopher Higgins to find a comfort zone in Calgary.

Now the question is whether he will come back and extend his tenure with the Calgary Flames longer than 12 games.

After being acquired from the New York Rangers in a deal for Olli Jokinen, Higgins had two goals and an assist in 12 games before an ankle injury knocked him out for the regular season.

He’s an unrestricted free agent and at age 26 would like to settle down somewhere long-term. The former Montreal Canadien was dealt to the Rangers last summer before getting moved Feb. 1 to Calgary.

The Flames rank high on his list for teams to sign with this summer.

“Certainly I only have positive experience here,” Higgins said.

“I have positive feelings towards the organization and the city. I didn’t know much about either before I came here.

“It’s been all good for me since I was traded here. It’s been a crazy year starting with the trade from New York.

“On and off the ice, it’s been up and down for me. The priority is to get my ankle better and then I will start talking with the Flames and see what path I’m going to take.”

Higgins had three straight 20-goal seasons with the Habs from 2006-08, but his production fell off after that. He finished this season with eight goals after getting 12 a year ago.

He felt he was improving with the Flames before getting knocked out March 14 against the Vancouver Canucks.

“It was disappointing that the most fun time of year and the time I wanted to play the most was taken away from me,” Higgins said. “I had fun while I was playing. It’s unfortunate I couldn’t keep a good thing going.”

Higgins receiver positive feedback Wednesday from the Flames during garbage-bag day.

“I felt comfortable from the first day being here so that’s something that I would take into consideration,” Higgins said. “I’ve had good meetings with the coaching staff … and good feelings with the players when I played here. I thought we had a pretty close team. Those are things I take into consideration when I make my decision.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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