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Flames sign Carson to 2-year deal

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

CALGARY - Brett Carson was about to hit the golf course in Regina when the Calgary Flames announced they’d re-signed the young defenceman to a new contract.

The two-year, one-way deal worth US$1.15 million speaks volumes about his hockey potential.

Carson was hopeful it would help his golf game, too.

“I hope it will take a few strokes off my game,” the 25-year-old said with a laugh. “I haven’t been out much this year.

“Hopefully, this little weight off my shoulders will let me swing a little easier.”

Knowing he was wanted by the organization that plucked him off waivers at the trade deadline and played him in a half-dozen games down the stretch will definitely allow Carson to breathe a little easier this summer.

“It was big for me to get the one-way deal — for the money, I guess, but also I just wanted the opportunity,” Carson said. “I think that gives you more security — a better chance of sticking around and getting an opportunity to show you belong. That’s the biggest thing to me.

“Obviously, I’m still fighting for a job and a position, but it will let me play with a little more confidence knowing there’s a better chance of me sticking around.”

Another confidence boost comes from the words of Flames GM Jay Feaster, who said “a number of our top forwards commented on (Carson’s) consistent ability to get the puck to them in transition” during their end-of-season meetings with management.

“I didn’t hear about that,” said a flattered Carson. “Confidence in yourself is big, but if you get confidence (from) your players — especially some of the top-end guys or the older guys who have been there a while — that’s huge.

“Maybe that’s why this got done, I guess.”

In just six games with the Flames, the former Calgary Hitmen defenceman quickly re-established his presence in the city. Most importantly, with his fellow Flames.

Former Carolina Hurricanes teammate Tom Kostopoulos did tell him he’d heard decent reviews late in the season.

“This Carson kid can actually play,” Carson said, recalling the message he received from the winger.

“Most of the guys probably didn’t even know my name (coming in). It was good to hear that.”

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