The Calgary Flames figure to have plenty of retooling throughout their roster this summer. They have a few free agents to deal with, and a few players that will likely depart, be it retirement, free agency, or a trade. One player set to leave has already made up his mind as to his future destination.
Roman Cervenka will be headed back to the KHL, where he had played several years prior to the 2013 season. SKA St. Petersburg has reportedly signed Cervenka to a three-year contract. Which means that his days in Calgary are already over, before they’re even over.
Cervenka isn’t a free agent until July 5th. So technically, he’s still a member of the Flames organization. But when he does officially become a free agent, he’ll be back in the KHL. He’ll look to regain the form that he flashed before coming to the Flames.
His best year in Russia came with Avangard Omsk, where he had 61 points back in 2010-2011, including 31 goals. He followed that up with a 23-goal campaign in 2011-2012. It was success that he was unable to duplicate in his time with the Flames.
Cervenka played in 39 of the Flames’ 48 games this season, finishing with just 17 points on the year and a minus-13 rating. Just nine of those were goals, and one-third of those goals came in the final four games of the season. He sprained his MCL in the final game of the year.
It’s unlikely that Cervenka will be missed too much, in terms of his production on the ice. The Flames could likely replace his output with a kid from the minors or a free agent. This isn’t a tremendous loss by any means, but the fact that he signed with a club this early in the summer is a bit surprising.