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Flames sign trio of players

Saturday, 07.17.2010 / 9:02 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Gord Baldwin and forwards Kris Chucko and Gaelan Patterson.

Baldwin, a native of Winnipeg, MB, will be entering his fourth professional campaign with the launch of the 2010-11 season. In 67 games with the Abbotsford heat last season, he recorded four goals and 20 assists for 24 points while accumulating 84 penalty minutes. He also played in 12 post-season games as the Heat advanced to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Chucko, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, spent the past four seasons with the Calgary Flames affiliate in the American Hockey League. Playing in only 41 games, due to injury, in the 2009-10 season, Chucko recorded nine goals and nine assist for 18 points. For the 2008-09 campaign, he finished second in goals (28) and third in team scoring (51 points) with the Quad City Flames and played his first two NHL games with Calgary.

Patterson, a native of La Ronge, Saskatchewan, spent the past four seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. Patterson netted 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points to go along with 31 penalty minutes during the 2009-10 regular season. He added four goals and six assists for 10 points during the 2009-10 WHL post season before joining the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) for three playoff games where he netted his first professional goal.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery