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Acquiring Poulin adds goaltending depth in Stockton

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

TAMPA BAY, FL -- With Jon Gillies sidelined with a lower body injury in Stockton, the Calgary Flames went searching to add some goaltending depth for their American Hockey League affiliate.

They found it in Kevin Poulin.

The Flames acquired Poulin, 25, from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday morning in exchange for future considerations.

"He's a player we talked about with our scouts and obviously is one of the goaltenders who was available out there," assistant general manager Brad Pascall told CalgaryFlames.com. "We feel that it will provide some good minor league depth for us and he's on his way to Stockton today."

Poulin, a fifth round draft selection of the New York Islanders in 2008, has 50 NHL games on his resume. In that span, he has a 3.07 GAA and a .889 save percentage. He has dressed for 156 AHL games during his professional career, where he has a 2.83 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

He spent the entirety of his junior career with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, who selected him third overall in the 2006 QMJHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 169 regular season games in the QMJHL, amassing a 3.16 GAA and a .901 save percentage.

Gillies, Stockton's starting netminder this season, was injured last Friday when the Heat were hosting the Bakersfield Condors. He fell awkwardly while making a save at the tail-end of the first stanza and did not return for the final two periods. The 21-year-old rookie will be evaluated again next week.

Stockton is back in action on Friday when they visit the San Antonio Rampage.

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