CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Calgary Flames goalie Rick Tabaracci signed a new contract extension Monday that will pay him $700,000 this season and $1.2 million in 1998-99.
Tabaracci was scheduled to make $600,000 this season under terms of his
original deal. The contract also offers incentives based on games played
Tabaracci, in net for seven of Calgary's wins this season, has come full circle with the Flames. Last year he was placed on waivers and eventually traded to Tampa Bay. He was re-acquired at the NHL entry draft in June for a fourth-round pick in this summer's draft and, when the Flames traded Trevor Kidd to Carolina along with Gary Roberts, he entered the year as the team's No. 1 goalie.
"It takes a little weight off your mind," Tabaracci said Monday. "We had talked about some of these things in the summer. We started talking about it again a month ago."
Tabaracci was eligible to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season had he not signed a new deal. Asked if he was looking for a longer deal, Tabaracci shrugged.
"I don't think there was a four-year deal out there where both sides could agree to terms," Tabaracci said. "This gets another year. At that point the organization may know where they want to go as far as goaltenders.
"They have a lot of young guys that they may want to try out."
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