The Calgary Flames claimed Vancouver Canucks defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off waivers on Tuesday.
Nycholat, who was born in Calgary, appeared in 14 games for the Canucks this season, registering one assist and six penalty minutes.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said injuries restricted Nycholat’s playing time in Vancouver.
"Lawrence is a great kid," said Vigneault. "He didn’t play a lot with us but never said a word and worked really hard.
"What they have is a defenceman that can move the puck fairly well and competes hard. Size is an issue with him but he makes up for it with good competitiveness."
Calgary’s decision to pick up Nycholat could keep them out of the trade market.
The 29-year-old has played 45 NHL games for three different teams over his career and will give the Flames a little depth down the stretch.
"Nycholat is a similar type player to Mark Giordano," said Flames GM Darryl Sutter. "We were prepared to give up a draft pick to acquire a depth defenceman."
With files from THE CANADIAN PRESS