Flames sign Josh Leivo from Canucks

Josh Leivo (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Calgary Flames have signed left winger Josh Leivo of Innisfil, Ontario from the Vancouver Canucks to a one year contract worth $875,000. The Flames become Leivo’s third National Hockey League team. In addition to the Canucks, Leivo has also played with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 36 games last season, Leivo had seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. He had four penalty minutes, five power play points, 69 shots on goal, 10 faceoff wins, eight blocked shots, 17 hits, 11 takeaways and 15 giveaways.

A left winger, Leivo has spent his entire professional hockey league and junior hockey league career playing with Canadian teams. He also played with the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, and the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.

It will be interesting to see where Leivo fits into the Flames lineup. While with Toronto and Vancouver, he showed signs of offensive brilliance, but it was challenging for him to display those skills with consistency, when you are not in a top six role.

Leivo becomes the third player in the offseason the Flames have signed who played with the Canucks last season. He joins defenseman Chris Tanev of Toronto, Ontario and goaltender Jacob Markstrom.


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