The Calgary Flames signed enforcer Andre Roy to a one-year deal worth $550,000.
The Flames needed a fighter after Eric Godard left for Pittsburgh this summer. This is more important in the Northwest division that is loaded with tough guys like Minnesota's Derek Boogaard, Colorado's Scott Parker, Edmonton's Zack Stortini and Vancouver's Alex Burrows. Roy collected 108 PIMs with the Lightning last season in 63 games. Tampa sent Roy home last year for poor conduct - basically he was a loose cannon on and off the ice, and was disruptive to the team. However, his teammates requested that management bring him back, which means he does have the respect of his peers, which may be the most important aspect to an enforcer's game. He should be a good fit under Iron Mike Keenan in Calgary.
Good sign by the Flames to fill a need that Eric Godard left for the Penguins.