Preliminary contract negotiations between the Calgary Flames and captain Mark Giordano have begun, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Seravalli’s sources have indicated that the initial asking price from Giordano’s agent Ritch Winter is in the neighborhood of $9 million per season.
Giordano is heading into the final year of his five-year, $20.1 million contract, which carries an annual average value of $4.02 million.
Based on Seravalli’s sources, Giordano’s camp is seeking more than double his current AAV on a new deal.
In 61 games during the 2014-15 season Giordano registered a career highs in assists (37) and points (48) while averaging 25:10 a night in ice time.
“I would say they’re preliminary talks at this point. I think they’re going well,” Giordano said. “Our goal is to have something done before the start of the season. I’ve spent my entire career in Calgary and I’d love to stay there. It’s my home.”
Giordano is eligible to sign an extension of eight years come July 1.
“I’ve said it since last season: signing Gio is a big priority for us,” Flames’ GM Brad Treliving said. “We love what he brings. He is a great person and a great leader for our team. We’re hoping to have something done before camp opens.”