Paul Byron avoided salary arbitration with the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Now he aims to get healthy by the time training camp rolls around.
The 26-year-old told the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson that he will be getting pins out of his wrist during the first week of September. That may cut it close as far as healing up by training camp, but he’s hoping that the situation works out.
Not surprisingly, he said what many players have before him: avoiding arbitration was a big relief.
Byron played in 57 regular season games with the Flames in 2014-15, scoring six goals and 19 points, the second-best run of his NHL career (he scored 21 points in 2013-14). He’s fared quite well for a sixth-round pick, as he was selected 179th overall by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2007.
The Flames’ immediate list of concerns may now boil down to Michael Ferland, although the team has some serious work to do regarding players who are entering the last year of their contracts, as Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau rank among the many who need new deals after 2015-16.
The Calgary Flames announced that they have signed Paul Byron to a one-year contract.
The financial terms of the agreement weren’t released, but his deal is reportedly worth $900K, per Elliotte Friedman.
Byron, 26, was limited to 57 games last season due to injuries and underwent sports hernia and wrist surgeries over the offseason. He finished the 2014-15 campaign with six goals and 19 points in 57 contests.
He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday after completing his previous $600K contract. With Byron re-signed, the Flames’ only remaining restricted free agent is Michael Ferland.
Calgary might not be done this summer after inking Ferland though as captain Mark Giordano, who only has one season left on his contract, could still be re-signed.
The Calgary Flames continue to inch closer to summer vacation mode, as they continued to lock up players with one-year deals for Josh Jooris and Turner Elson on Friday.
The team didn’t provide financial terms for Jooris (pictured), but the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby reports that his contract is worth $975K.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a solid rookie season for Calgary, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 60 games. His postseason didn’t go so well, as he failed to register a point in nine playoff contests.
Perhaps that explains why he spoke about avoiding complacency, as the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson reports?
Both Jooris and Elson came to the Flames as undrafted free agents. In 59 games with the AHL’s Adriondack Flames, Elson, 22, generated 17 goals and 30 points.
Calgary’s already had a busy couple days, as they came to terms with Lance Bouma on Thursday.
If reports are true that Lance Bouma was asking for $2.5 million in arbitration, he didn’t have to settle for a whole lot less from the Calgary Flames.
The two sides struck a deal a day later, agreeing to a three-year, $6.6 million contract, according to the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby. (The Flames confirmed the term, but not the money.)
Bouma (pictured wearing No. 17) easily set career highs in goals (16), assists (18) and points (34) this past season.
That reported $2.2 million cap hit doesn’t sting too badly next season – General Fanager pegs the Flames’ cap room at about $4 million after the signing – but it might become regrettable once Calgary really fires up negotiations with players on expiring contracts.
Just look at the most noteworthy contributors who only have one year left on their current deals:
Top UFAs after 2015-16
Top RFAs after 2015-16
Even pondering the savings they’d potentially enjoy from switching up goalies – Hiller and Ramo are a tough investment at a combined $8.3 million cap hit – that’s a formidable set of negotiations for the franchise.
Bouma, 25, brings energy and hustle to the table, yet many probably hoped that the Flames would save a little money on a player who isn’t expected to light up the scoreboard.
It appears as though the Calgary Flames and Lance Bouma are $1 million apart as today marks their salary arbitration hearing.
That’s the word from Sportsnet’s Roger Millions, who reports that Bouma is asking for $2.5 million while the Flames counter with $1.5 million.
The instinctive response is to say “split the difference” and hand Bouma $2 million, but these types of situations aren’t always that simple.
The 25-year-old’s situation isn’t likely to cripple Calgary’s cap space either way. General Fanager puts it at $6.2 million, so the Flames could absorb the hit. That doesn’t mean the Flames are necessarily excited about forking over a big chunk of that remainder to someone who amounts to a depth forward.
From the sound of things, it was a fairly lengthy discussion:
Bouma has 199 regular season games under his belt, all with the Flames (who drafted him with the 78th pick in 2008). The 2014-15 campaign was easily his best so far, as he scored 16 goals and 34 points in 78 contests.
He admittedly serves as “energy-type player” in Calgary. We’ll find out soon enough what his efforts are worth.
The Flames also face possible hearings for Paul Byron and Josh Jooris this week, so it’s a busy time for the franchise.