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Flames claim Carson off waivers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames first move on the NHL trade deadline day made ripples, not waves, with the club claiming defenceman Brett Carson off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's a good opportunity," Carson said after finding out he had been claimed. "I am looking forward to it. If I had cleared waivers I would have likely been back in the AHL. Fortunately I got picked up. It's a fresh start."

While the move gives Carson an opportunity to earn a chance to play on the NHL again, he admitted he wasn't expecting to be claimed.

Jay Feaster

"It's always hard leaving. I have a lot of friends here. But going to Calgary, where I played most of my junior is good. It is a fresh start. I met a few people when I was there."

Picking up Carson is a depth move for the club, adding some stability to the defence corps. He's played 72 games with the Hurricanes over the past three seasons, including a long stint in 2009-10 when he played in 54 games.

Over those 72 NHL games, Carson accrued two goals, 12 points, a +9 rating and 20 penalty minutes.

"By claiming Brett off waivers, we believe we have filled our for depth on our blueline," acting general manager Jay Feaster said. "We had been carrying eight defencemen prior to the injury to Adam Pardy and by adding Brett we are strengthened again to eight at that position.

"We have watched Brett a lot this year. He's a big guy who moves the puck very well."

Carson is a former member of the Calgary Hitmen. He played on the top defensive pairing for the team and was fourth overall in scoring with 11 goals and 40 points during the 2005-06 season, his final year in junior.

His offensive numbers dropped during his first year in the AHL but his defensive play flourished. His physical play and his ability to move the puck out of his own zone great improved, making him a standout on the blueline for the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate, the Albany River Rats.

Carson briefly spoke with Feaster before rushing home to pack and get ready for a flight to St. Louis on Monday evening where he will meet his new teammates.

"Once I get there we are going to sit down and discuss what role and how they want me to play," said Carson.

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