The rebuild efforts for the Calgary Flames continued today when the club learnt that forward Roman Cervenka has signed on with the KHL according to Igor Eronko of Sports.ru.
The Czech Republic native signed a one-year deal with the Flames prior to the 2012-13 season where he posted 9 goals and added 8 assists in 39 games. So far in the 27-year old’s hockey career, last season has been the only one he’s played in North America. The previous ten seasons Cervenka split between the KHL and the Czech pro leagues.
For the Flames, the loss could be considered a substantial one given Cervenka’s age and potential talent ceiling. A young center who isn’t an imposing body on the ice, Cervenka surely would have fit in nicely as the team’s third line center while the club attempts to reassemble the pieces in what they hope will be a playoff contending club.
With aging veterans still on the roster, the Flames could be one of the busier clubs this summer and now with the departure of Cervenka, it’s one more hole left to fill.
Flames’ GM Jay Feaster will have his work cut out for him if he plans on lifting this organization back into the postseason. Cervenka may not have been in the long-term plans for Feaster and the Flames and given his average numbers this past season, his game may be best suited for the KHL rather than the NHL. For Flames fans, they may never know now.