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Jankowski signs two-year contract with Flames

Center gets $1.675 million annually, avoids arbitration hearing

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Mark Jankowski signed a two-year, $3.35 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $1.675 million.

The 23-year-old center was a restricted free agent who had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.

"What I want from myself next season is more consistency in my game, to play well consistently instead of just in spurts," Jankowski told the Flames website. "I'm glad the business side is out of the way now so I can concentrate on the hockey side."

Selected by Calgary in the first round (No. 21) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Jankowski had 25 points (17 goals, eight assists) in 72 games with the Flames last season, his second in the NHL. He played one game with them in 2016-17.

"I think overall it was a good year for me, a learning year, my first full year," he said. "Just watching the older guys and taking notes from them … how to take care of yourself, for example. It's a really long season, a step up from the [American Hockey League], and you need to learn how to make sure you're best prepared to be at your best every night."

Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said, "All things considered, Mark had a good rookie year. Now he's got to build on that. We feel there's still a lot of upside.

"I told him that hopefully in two years he's coming back looking for a whole lot more."

The Flames also have arbitration hearings scheduled with restricted free agent goalie David Rittich (July 28) and forward Garnet Hathaway (July 30).

Defenseman Brett Kulak, a restricted free agent, had an arbitration hearing Monday and was awarded a one-year, $900,000 contract Wednesday.

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