Mark Cundari re-signs with Flames

Defenceman Mark Cundari signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Flames on Saturday, July 26, 2014....

Defenceman Mark Cundari signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Flames on Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Harrison McClary/Reuters/Files)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

CALGARY - Mark Cundari has another winter to prove he should be part of the long-term plan at the Saddledome.

The Calgary Flames announced early Saturday that the 24-year-old defenceman has inked a one-year, two-way deal.

With Cundari under contract, gritty forward Lance Bouma is the only restricted free agent still negotiating with Flames GM Brad Treliving.

Cundari has mostly minor-league experience on his resume, although he has earned a late-season look-see from the Flames in each of his past two campaigns.

The 5-foot-9, 200-lb. rearguard has one goal and two assists in eight NHL outings but was blanked in four skates with the big club last spring.

With only six defencemen currently signed to one-way deals in Calgary, Cundari -- part of the return package when Jay Bouwmeester was swapped to the St. Louis Blues just before the NHL trade deadline in 2013 -- could make a case for full-time duties on the Flames blueline with a solid showing at training camp.

The hard-hitting Cundari split his minor-league time last season between the since-relocated Abbotsford Heat and the Chicago Wolves, totalling nine goals, 14 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 56 regular-season appearances at the AHL level.


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