CALGARY, AB -- The optimism out of Alex Chiasson comes from opportunity.
And, at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, a right-handed shot, and a right winger, there's plenty of it with his new team.
“It’s definitely exciting,” said the 25-year-old Chiasson, the newest member of the Calgary Flames after a trade Monday that sent defenceman Patrick Sieloff to the Ottawa Senators.
“I’m looking forward for a new opportunity, a fresh start somewhere. I think I’ve gained a lot of experience in the past couple of years. This is a really critical time in my career. It’s time for me to take my game to the next level and I think I’m ready for that and this is the opportunity I was looking for.
“I think the Flames have a young team with a lot of good talent. They’ve shown in the past they can be really successful and I’m going to try to bring everything I can to help the team make it to the playoffs and be a successful team.”
Fit? To be determined.
Following a rookie campaign in 2013-14 with the Dallas Stars that saw him amass 13 goals and 35 points in 79 games, Chiasson was a key piece in the trade that sent longtime Senators centre Jason Spezza from Ottawa.
But with the Senators, Chiasson couldn’t find traction in his game, collecting just 19 goals and 40 points in 153 games.
The stall, he admitted, was tough. A change, he felt, was coming.
“I think it was frustrating at times,” said Chiasson, who scored six goals in seven games in a brief stint under current Flames coach Glen Gulutzan in Dallas in 2012-13. “Consistency-wise, I think there were times things were going good and there were times for a couple weeks or a few games not as good.
“I didn’t have a really successful season and there were a few changes that needed to be done around the team. For myself, I was looking at the lineup … it just didn’t work out too well. It’s one of those things that’s hard to find an excuse to see why it didn’t work. The match wasn’t there at the end.”
He sees one now.
“I see this as a really good opportunity,” said Chiasson, who inked a one-year deal with the Flames following the trade. “The main reason for me is to take the opportunity and grab it and see where it takes me. It was a team right from the get-go I saw an opportunity there. I think it could be a very good match for me.”
The match was relayed to him by Brad Treliving, Calgary’s general manager.
The opportunity present is, too.
And it’s not lost on Chiasson.
“We talked a little bit today,” he said. “The opportunity to play with some really good young players and I think a lot of the things I bring to the game they were looking for. It was a really convincing conversation.
“What really helps with this move is knowing I’ll have a fresh start and going somewhere. I don’t know a lot of guys on the team ... but for me to come in and show what I’m capable of ... there’s opportunity on the right side to play with some good players and do what I can.
“From conversations I’ve had with people I know, I think it’s time to break out and show what I’m capable of.
“I can’t wait to get started here in September.”