The Flames issued qualifying offers to four players, including 2019-20 AHL All-Star Glenn Gawdin.
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Kirkland registered 24 points with the Heat last season.
Eetu Tuulola has been loaned to Vasterviks IK in Sweden to start the 2020-21 season.
The annual event is slated to return in 2022 in Laval.
Seven members of the final Heat roster from 2019-20 will head to Edmonton for Phase 4 of the NHL's return to play.