The 29-year-old Strachan had two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last season. Selected by Carolina in the fifth round in 2003, he also played for St. Louis and Florida, while spending most of his eight-year professional career in the minors
Strachan has a goal and 14 assists in 138 career NHL games, and 16 goals and 71 assists in 276 American Hockey League games.
Strachan is expected to spend next season with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3