Calgary Flames defenceman Clay Wilson has signed with a Kontinental Hockey League team despite having one year remaining on his NHL contract.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Sturgeon Lake, Min,. native who played five games with the Flames last season and was a standout with the Abbotsford Heat in the American Hockey League, signed a one-year contract with Donbass Donetsk in Ukraine.
The Flames are top heavy with one-way contracts on the blueline with Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, Anton Babchuk, Anton Babchuk, Cory Sarich, Chris Butler, Derek Smith and T.J. Brodie all under contract for next season.
Wilson’s move reminds many of what Giordano did earlier his career when he spent 2007-08 playing in Russia. His season spent in the KHL changed his game significantly and propelled his NHL career to the next level.
In 2011 Wilson signed a two-year $1,050,000 contract extension with the Flames.
The 29-year-old is expected to log a lot of ice-time in the KHL and hopes to have similar results as Giordano.