The Calgary Flames have some work to do this off-season. They don’t have many unrestricted free agents to deal with, but they do have a couple of key restricted free agents they need to sign starting with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
Neither player can send the Flames to arbitration. That doesn’t mean they won’t be expensive to re-sign.
“We continue to work away at it,” general manager Brad Treliving, per NHL.com. “As everybody knows, those are two top young players for us that need new contracts. Sometimes these take a little bit of time. This is not unusual, that we’re sitting here at this time and they’re not done. … We’ll continue to bang away at it. We’ve got to get to something that makes sense for them and for us. … I have every confidence that we will.”
After scoring 24 goals and 64 points in 2014-15, the 24-year-old set new career-highs in 2015-16 by scoring 30 goals and 78 points in 79 games.
It’s safe to say that new head coach Glen Gulutzan is a fan:
Monahan had an impressive season of his own. The 21-year-old scored 27 goals and 63 points in 80 games. He’s already hit the 60-point mark twice in his career.
The Flames will have to shell out a pretty penny for these two players, but they have over $20.7 million in cap space, according to General Fanager.
They’ll also need to save some money to find a new goalie. Karri Ramo is scheduled to become a UFA on July 1st, while Joni Ortio will be an RFA. There’s already been talk of Calgary being interested in Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.