Joey MacDonald arrived in Calgary off the waiver wire in February as an emergency fill-in for the injured Miikka Kiprusoff.
On Saturday morning, the Flames rewarded the 33-year-old journeyman for his dependable performance with a raise and new contract for the 2013/14 National Hockey League season.
Playing behind a shaky defence, MacDonald has cobbled together a respectable record of 7-7-1 this season with a goals-against average of 2.91 and .900 save percentage.
The new deal pays the Pictou, Nova Scotia product $925,000, up from $550,000 this season.
If Kiprusoff does indeed retire this summer (as is expected), MacDonald is expected to battle for the starting job next season with KHL goalie Karri Ramo and Swiss netminder Reto Berra.
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Calgary Flames goalie Joey MacDonald reached for a shot with his glove on a shot by the Phoenix Coyotes during first period NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome on April 12, 2013. The Flames have re-signed the veteran backup goalie.
Photograph by: Colleen De Neve, Calgary Herald