As long as Brian Burke is involved in the NHL, there will always be a place for tough guys.
Former Penguins defenseman/forward/enforcer Deryk Engelland has signed a three-year contract worth $2.9 million.
Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $566,667, Engelland, 32, appeared in 56 games this past season and scored 12 points and racked up 58 penalty minutes.
A free agent signing in 2007, Engelland spent parts of five seasons at the NHL level with the Penguins. In 243 career regular season games with the Penguins, Engelland scored 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) and recorded 308 penalty minutes.
-EN Says: The money being spent on defensemen is crazy in general but this is one of the craziest deals of the deal. Engelland is a fine player to serve as a No. 6 or 7 defenseman but for nearly $3 million as season?
That said, a bad team in Western Canada probably needs to spend a little more money to get a free agent to sign up, even if Engelland hails from Alberta.
As we mentioned above, Burke has to have had some input on this deal. The Flames' president of hockey operations, Burke has always valued players who can fight and that certainly is an attribute Engelland offers.
That said, he's not a useless slug of a goon. Engelland is a respectable player who even showed off some versatility being pressed into forward duty last season.