CALGARY, AB -- When Czech pivot Roman Cervenka arrives at training camp this fall, he'll be greeted by a very familiar face.
His friend Jiri Hudler.
The Flames inked Hudler to a four-year deal on Monday, a move that caused some speculation that the team was bringing a Czech to help acclimatize Cervenka - the KHL star Calgary signed to an entry-level deal this spring - to the North American game.
"I have to laugh," General Manager Jay Feaster said. "The perception is that the front office is too full of Americans, and behind the bench now is too full of French Canadians, and now we’ll get accused that the top two lines have too many Czechs."
While Feaster made it clear that the team wasn't looking at bringing in a player they felt would be able to aid Cervenka, it is an added bonus for the team to have that connection. In fact, before Hudler was signed, the two had discussed Cervenka's jump to the NHL.