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Looking to settle in

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB -- June 9th has shaped up to be a great day for defenceman Brett Carson. Before heading out for an afternoon of golf, the 25 year-old Regina native inked a one-way, two year deal with the Calgary Flames.

"I'm excited. It's great," Carson said. "Obviously the quicker you get it done, the pressure is taken off yourself and you can focus more on getting ready for the next season."

Carson was a waiver pick-up for the Flames on Feb. 28 from the Carolina Hurricanes. He played six games last season with the Flames, posting a +2 rating in that span.

Despite limited playing time, Flames General Manager Jay Feaster felt he showed great potential.

"Based on his solid play at the end of last season, we believe Brett can be an every day defenseman for us,” said Feaster. “In our end-of-season meetings a number of our top forwards commented on his consistent ability to get the puck to them in transition, and we are confident he will continue to develop his overall game."

After several seasons of bouncing back and forth between the AHL and the NHL, Carson believes he'll stick at this level. He feels that he has the talent to become a steady, constant presence on the Flames blueline.

"I just want to prove that I can play in the NHL, night in and night out. Over the last few years, I've played some games and then ... I didn't play some games," he chuckled.

"For me, to get the one-way was big. I feel I need an opportunity to show that I belong. Now I have the summer to get ready to prove that they made a good decision."

The defenceman has had success in the city before. He played four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, posting 27 goals and 105 points through 234 games.

"Ever since I got there, I made it up in my mind that this was the place I wanted to be. I was familiar with Calgary. The guys in the room made sure I felt like I fit in pretty good."

That familiarity and comfort with the city quelled any desire to play elsewhere.

"I didn't ever think really about going to July 1st unless I absolutely had to. From the start of the off-season, I wanted to get something done."

His ability to produce offensively is something Carson would like to develop as he settles into the season but he feels that will come naturally.

"For me, the points and that kind of stuff will come. I just want to be in the lineup every night and prove that I belong in the NHL."
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