The Calgary Flames goaltending pool just got a little deeper.
The struggling club acquired goaltender Kevin Poulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday morning in exchange for future considerations. The Flames will send Poulin to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat.
A 25-year-old Montreal native, Poulin was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (126th overall) in the 2008. He was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Sept. 26 but had not seen any action as the third-string goalie on the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
Poulin has played 50 career NHL games for the Islanders, amassing a record of 18-25-3 with a 3.07 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.
Calgary’s assistant general manager, Brad Pascall, told Sportsnet’s Roger Millions that Poulin is an insurance move for Stockton.
The Heat’s Jon Gillies suffered a lower-body injury last week and is out indefinitely.