August 3, 2012
Clay Wilson headed for Ukraine
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Clay Wilson might be shooting for the same outcome as Calgary Flames assistant captain Mark Giordano.
Wilson, who skated in five contests for the Flames last winter, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with Ukraine-based Donbass Donetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Before becoming a key cog on Calgary's blueline, Giordano spent the 2007-08 season in Russia.
The 29-year-old Wilson had a one-way deal with the Flames for next season but was likely ticketed for full-time duty in Abbotsford.
"In accordance with NHL rules and regulations the Calgary Flames have
Giordano, Anton Babchuk, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Butler, Cory Sarich, Derek Smith and Dennis Wideman are also on one-way pacts, while T.J. Brodie is expected to skate at the Saddledome although he can be demoted without clearing waivers.
Wilson logged a lot of ice-time for the AHL's Heat last season but will try to prove he's NHL-ready with a solid showing in Ukraine.
The 6-foot, 195-lb. defenceman collected no points in five games with the Flames in 2011-12.