Forward Trevor Lewis has found a home for the 2021-22 season. The veteran has signed a one-year deal with the Calgary Flames. The contract will carry a cap hit of $800 thousand for the season. Elliotte Friedman broke the signing news Wednesday afternoon.
Trevor Lewis to Flames, 1 year, $800K
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021
Trevor Lewis Signs With Flames
Lewis has been in decline for several seasons, but he remained a steady veteran presence for the Winnipeg Jets last year. The 34-year-old skater scored five goals and 10 points on top of 71 hits in 56 games. It was Lewis’ third consecutive season with fewer than even 15 points, but it is impressive he scored even as much as he did in just 9:52 of ice time per night. That production stands out even more when you observe that his Corsi For fell to 36.7 percent with a -14.2 relative Corsi. However, some of that can be attributed to 69 percent of zone starts coming on the defensive end.
The Los Angeles Kings originally drafted Lewis 17th overall in the 2006 Draft. The Salt Lake City, Utah native spent his entire season in the City of Angels, winning multiple Stanley Cups, before joining Winnipeg as a free agent earlier this year. Overall, he has just 75 goals and 173 points in 730 games, but he also has 300 blocks and over 1300 hits.
What This Means
It’s hard to imagine a significant role for Lewis as a Flame in 2021-22. He offers very little offence or puck possession. His only real value is in checking the opposition and providing a veteran presence. Don’t expect more than a role as a spare forward unless something unusual happens that earns him more playing time.
Calgary has been fairly active so far this summer. They signed Blake Coleman to an extensive deal earlier this month. The Flames also extended Brett Ritchie and traded for Nikita Zadorov. None of the moves are particularly outstanding on their own, but the team still has almost $13 million to make further improvements on top of what they have already done.
Main Photo: LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) during the NHL regular season hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)