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07-04-2008, 05:06 PM
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Rene Bourque signed

Forget about all those arbitration/buyout window extension scenarios. The Flames have signed forward Rene Bourque, a restricted free agent acquired from Chicago this week for a second-round pick. No terms financial or length were disclosed.

Bourque's qualifying offer was $945,000 US and Flames GM Darryl Sutter hinted on Wednesday that while he was willing to go longer-term, he also didn't mind the idea of doing a one-year contract to get a better look at the winger from Lac La Biche, Alta.

Given the Flames' depth issues up front, it's not unreasonable to think Bourque will get a crack at second-line duty and some power-play time.

When the Flames acquired Bourque this week, TSN speculated that one purpose was to get an arbitration-eligible player and and give Calgary a second crack at buying out Rhett Warrener, Anders Eriksson and/or Marcus Nilson. Sutter denied that possibility on Wednesday, flatly saying he would not be going the buyout route. This signing pretty much clinches it.

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