Another Alberta boy has come home as Devin Setoguchi was signed by the Calgary Flames to a one year deal. Originally from Taber, Alberta, Setoguchi is a 6-foot 200 lbs right-wing with a lot of power.
Setoguchi played for the Saskatoon Blades and the Prince George Cougars of the WHL before being drafted in 2005 by the San Jose Sharks. He made his NHL debut in October, 2007 with the Sharks before moving on to play for the Minnesota Wild and most recently the Winnipeg Jets. According to Wikipedia, Setoguchi spent a lot of time in 2008-2009 on a line with teammates Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. With recent rumours of Marleau maybe leaving the Sharks and Thornton being stripped of his captaincy, I believe it was best for Setoguchi to move on when he did. Right after he signed a three-year deal with the Sharks, Setoguchi was traded along with a draft pick to the Minnesota Wild, where he played 48 games and earned 13 goals and 14 assists in the regular season as well as one goal in 5 games during the playoffs after the NHL lockout ended. The following year, he signed with the Jets, where he acquired 11 goals and 16 assists in 75 games.
At a price tag of $750,000 (NHL.com), I believe he’ll be a great addition to the Flames roster this season by bringing some veteran experience to the young Flames team. Even though his numbers have been on the decline in the past couple of years, I believe Calgary is where he could reintroduce himself as a powerful player.
You can read the Flames press release HERE.
Go Flames Go!