Calgary Flames blueliner nearing franchise history

Despite the Calgary Flames on the cusp of missing the playoffs for a second straight campaign, one player is eyeing a special milestone.

MacKenzie Weegar has 16 even-strength goals, the most in a season by a blueliner since Hall of Famer Al MacInnis hit the mark back in 1987-88.

After scoring in Calgary’s 4-2 win over Los Angeles on March 30, Weegar has 18 goals on the year, the defenceman admitted he’d love to hit 20.

“It’s in the back of my mind for sure,” the 30-year-old shared with a smile. “It would be pretty cool, not for me but a lot of the teammates. They bring it up quite a bit. It’s something I can’t really get away from. It would be cool. The forwards have done such a great job finding me this year.”

Weegar is also one goal back of the NHL scoring lead by a defenceman: Roman Josi and Calgary product Cale Makar have both potted 19.

Overall, Weegar is getting it done at both ends of the ice. His 356 combined blocked shots and hits are the third most this season league-wide.

The Flames have nine games left, including Tuesday hosting the Anaheim Ducks.

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