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Calgary Acquires Rights to North Dakota's Corban Knight

Florida trades Knight after being unable to sign him

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Earlier this week, it was reported that outgoing North Dakota senior Corban Knight would not be signing with the Florida Panthers, who drafted him in the 5th round of the 2009, choosing instead to potentially exercise his option to become a free agent later this summer.

Today, Florida traded Knight's rights to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 4th round draft pick in this month's upcoming NHL Draft, giving the Flames exclusive negotiating rights to Knight until August 15th, at which point he could become a free agent.

Knight was outstanding as a senior this season for North Dakota, scoring 49 points in 41 games, which was good for 8th best in the country. Knight is a native of Alberta, and with the Flames trying to rebuild their roster with young talent, it would seem to be a good opportunity for him to break into the league, giving the Flames a pretty good shot at signing him before he would become a free agent.