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Calgary Flames Acquire Kevin Poulin

Calgary Flames Acquire Kevin Poulin

The Calgary Flames have acquired netminder Kevin Poulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations.

The 25-year old will report to the AHL Stockton Heat, likely taking prospect Jon Gillies spot in the lineup after the Providence College alumni was injured on Friday.

Poulin was claimed off waivers by the Lightning on September 27th, after five seasons with the New York Islanders organisation, but failed to make a single appearance for the club before being reassigned to Syracuse on October 25th.

In 50 NHL games, the Montreal native has compiled an 18-25-3 record with a .899 save percentage and 3.07 goals-against average but struggled to build on some early signs of promise on Long Island.

Calgary has used three netminders already this season – Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio – but veteran stopper Hiller has been sidelined since the end of October. With Gillies now also unavailable, Poulin’s arrival shores up the Flames creaking depth chart but the former Victoriaville Tigres stopper is unlikely to solve the Flames goaltending woes.

Neither Hiller, Ramo nor Ortio has managed to find form through the opening weeks of the season, as Bob Hartley’s side slid toward the bottom of the Western Conference.

Poulin will become a restricted free agent next summer.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).

1 Comment

  1. Warren Shapiro

    Okay Kevin here’s your (count count that high) chance show the Flames that you can put out the “Flame” on the other team. You know you can do it. The Islanders gave you a chance. The fans are behind so go for it. All the best.