Flames Re-Sign UFA Axelsson

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    CALGARY (CP): The Calgary Flames are pleased to announce the signing of winger PJ Axelsson to a long term extension after a long and difficult negotiation. Brian Sutter, Flames coach, was happy that some of his core players are returning for the long term "PJ is amongst those players that I implored the GM to re-sign. We don't have many potential UFA's, but this was the one that was the most important to the team. "

    Per team policy, no contract details were available. Kershaw's comments were short and to the point, as they seem to be whenever his negotiations with agent Reggie Swingstein are mentioned. "The player is by far one of the most underpaid players in the league, but he is not undervalued here. We had to make some tough budget decisions to keep us in line to make a profit this season and PJ will fit into that structure.... and I still have no comment on the Williams affair, so don't even ask."

    Sutter mentions that the Flames also signed three other potential RFA's, although details of which players those might be have not been released.

    Details of yesterdays signing, of defenseman Daniel Girardi are now coming to light. The 21 year old, in his first pro season, has adapted well to the AHL, and has scored 28 points in 44 games after being called up from Charlotte of the ECHL. "We've watched this player over the last two years, and he has really improved from his days playing in the OHL." stated scout Todd Button, "and we feel that we need to sign him to a SPC right away and invest some time to let him continue to develop."

    Girardi is one of several players that Button has found this season and signed for the minor league club. Amongst his findings are centre Pascal Pelletier, who in only his first season in the AHL has scored 14 goals and 31 points in 32 games. Defenseman Ryan Lannon has played 53 games in his first season out of the NCAA ranks.
     
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