Flames ink Rinat Valiev to one-year, two-way contract


Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Rinat Valiev (53) moves the puck up ice. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

The Calgary Flames have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with defenceman Rinat Valiev, the team announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Russian rearguard will earn $700,000 at the NHL level in 2019-20.

Valiev, a restricted free agent, filed for arbitration earlier this month but Tuesday’s deal means the two sides avoid a hearing. His NHL stops include the Toronto Maple Leafs (10 games in 2015-16) and Montreal Canadiens (two games in 2017-18) before being dealt to the Flames back in October. Valiev has yet to suit up for Calgary, having spent the 2018-19 campaign with the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton. In 57 games with the Heat last season, Valiev recorded four goals and 21 points with 51 penalty minutes.

July 16, 2019


Rinat Valiev
AGE: 24
1 Year

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