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Flames sign Carson to two-year contract

The Calgary Flames have signed Brett Carson to a two-year deal, the team announced Thursday in a press release.

Carson, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman, was originally acquired by the Flames off waivers from Carolina on February 28, 2011.

The contract is worth $1.15 million over two years.

"Based on his solid play at the end of last season, we believe Brett can be an everyday defenseman for us," said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. "In our end-of-season meetings a number of our top forwards commented on his consistent ability to get the puck to them in transition, and we are confident he will continue to develop his overall game."

The 25-year-old has split time in the last three seasons in the NHL and AHL. In 78 career NHL games, Carson recorded 2 goals and 10 assists as well as 20 penalty minutes.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native appeared in 19 NHL games last season, including six for the Flames.

He was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 Entry Draft by the Hurricanes.