Big Chris Breen is coming back to the Calgary Flames/Abbotsford Heat organization.
The 6’7″, 230-pound defenceman, who was a restricted free agent, signed a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday that pays $577,800 US if he’s in the NHL and $80,000 in the AHL.
Breen was the Heat’s most consistent blueliner over the course of last season, notwithstanding the likes of T.J. Brodie and Steve McCarthy, who departed after the NHL lockout ended in January.
The 24-year-old Uxbridge, Ont. native posted three goals and four assists in 60 games, to go with 55 penalty minutes and a -11 rating.
He’s spent three full seasons in Abbotsford, and is the Heat’s all-time leader in regular season games played at 204.
Breen is coming off an injury – he missed the last 11 games of the 2012-13 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Being sidelined almost certainly robbed the big blueliner of a recall, as the Flames gave many of their young farmhands a look at the NHL level late in the season with the playoffs out of reach.