Mark Cundari?


The Calgary Flames continue to cross names off their grocery list of young players with Thursday’s news they had signed the 23-year-old restricted free-agent defenceman to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal is worth US$600,000 if Cundari plays with the big club or $100,000 if he finds himself with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.

The 5-foot-10, 200-lb. Woodbridge, Ont., native announced his arrival at the Saddledome in style last season, notching his first goal and his first assist in his April 21 Flames debut — a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

“That’s how you script it in the first game,” offered teammate Michael Cammalleri after the game.

Cundari himself was thrilled with that debut effort.

“Not every game’s going to be a two-point performance and 25 minutes of icetime, but I definitely felt comfortable playing here,” Cundari said post-game.