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Calgary Flames sign forward Dominik Simon to one-year contract

The Calgary Flames announced on Thursday that they've signed former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon to a one-year contract worth $700,000. 

Pittsburgh confirmed on Oct. 5 that Simon was among players who did not receive a qualifying offer. He became a free agent on Oct. 9. 

The 26-year-old took to Instagram to thank the Penguins for his tenure with the franchise and also touch upon what is to come: 

The Penguins selected Simon 137th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, and he made his official league debut in March 2016. His last two seasons were his best with Pittsburgh, as he tallied eight goals and 20 assists in 2018-19 and followed that with seven goals and 15 assists across 64 games during the 2019-20 season that was halted on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As Taylor Haase wrote for DK Pittsburgh Sports, Simon didn't participate in the summer NHL restart because he underwent shoulder surgery on April 29 that is expected to keep him sidelined up to seven months. Jan. 1 is currently the tentative date for the start of the upcoming NHL season, and Simon should be ready to go for the Flames by then barring an unforeseen setback. 

In 173 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, Simon compiled 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points. He notched four assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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