Andre Roy is coming to Calgary with a new attitude and a fresh start.
Roy signed a one-year free agent deal with the Flames in mid-July. With the departure of Eric Godard, who spent two seasons as the Flames fighter, Calgary signed Roy to deal with the likes of other heavyweights in the Northwest Division -- players like Derek Boogaard in Minnesota, Scott Parker in Colorado and Zach Stortini in Edmonton.
"When my agent told me about the Flames, I thought it would be a great fit," Roy said. "They play with a gritty style which fits me perfectly so I was glad to come down here."
Last season, Roy totalled 108 PIMs in 63 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also added three goals and four assists.
He was suspended the last 12 games for poor conduct by former coach John Tortorella. That came after incident between periods during a game against Philadelphia in which he had to be restrained by a linesman and physically pulled to the bench by Tortorella.
Roy, 33, says being with the Flames will offer him a fresh start.
"I think I needed the change in air for me, I didn't finish like I wished down there," said the six-foot-four, 229-pound Roy.
"I am so glad to get this opportunity to prove myself that I still have some left in me."
Roy also hopes his role with the team will develop into more than just an enforcer.
"I don't want to be that type of guy that goes out and fights and sits down," he explained. "I (would) like to contribute more...be a leader for the younger guys and bring some experience to the room, too."