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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Sean Monahan to a seven-year contract extension. Monahan will be entering his fourth season in the NHL with the Flames after posting three consecutive seasons of 20+ goals to start his career (2013-14: 22G, 2014-15: 31G, 2015-16: 27G). The 21-year-old will represent Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey next month following a 2015-16 campaign where he eclipsed career-highs in points (63) and assists (36).
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
The Calgary Flames are on the verge of coming to terms on a longterm contract with Sean Monahan that could be announced as early as Friday.
While Flames GM Brad Treliving refused to comment, a source told the Calgary Sun the 21-year-old centre will likely be inked to a a seven or eight year deal as part of a contract that will make him the highest-paid of all the high-profile young centres who’ve signed extensions to their entry-level deals this summer.
On Thursday afternoon Monahan’s high-powered agent, Pat Morris, told the Sun he was now having daily conversations with Treliving and was “more optimistic now than a week ago.”
He said the deal was taking so much time because “both sides are methodical and well-prepared,” and because of “differences of opinion and other players having signed.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
You’ve got to be sure.
Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.
That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:
Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.
Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”
continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...
Flames captain Mark Giordano was a guest on Boomer & Pinder on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Monday and he talked about the club’s off-season changes.
Giordano was asked if he felt it was time for a change in reference to Hartley's dismissal. Hartley was behind the bench in Calgary for four seasons as Giordano developed into one of the game's top puck-moving blue liners.
"It's always hard to say...I've been through a few of the coaching changes in my career being in Calgary," Giordano said. "Sometimes a fresh start is needed. I think sometimes it's good for guys.
"Personally, I had a good relationship with Bob. I know he had a lot to do with me being named captain here so I have a lot of respect for the man and I think he's a great coach.
"Ultimately, when things don't go the way as planned...not getting in playoffs for us was a big disappointment as an organization, there's going to be changes."
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
James Oldham’s most notable decision as the NHL and NHLPA’s neutral arbitrator appears as if it will also be his last.
According to the Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen, the NHL has dismissed Oldham from his post as neutral arbitrator. Oldham, a law professor at Georgetown University, was the arbitrator assigned to the Dennis Wideman suspension case. Oldham’s decision on the suspension saw the Calgary Flames defenseman have his 20-game suspension for checking linesman Don Henderson reduced to 10 games.
It was well within the NHL’s power to relieve Oldham of his duties, and either side would have had the power to do so if they believed it was time for a change in neutral arbitrator. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Oldham’s time with the league is up, though, considering the NHL has since sought to have Oldham’s biggest decision, the reduction of Wideman’s original 20-game ban, overruled.
from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
Wild wouldn’t begin to describe the start to the offseason for Jordan Sigalet.
But the Calgary Flames goaltending coach has settled in as the balance of the summer has taken shape.
“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster summer from a new coaching staff, all new goaltenders, a bunch of new goalies into the system,” Sigalet said.
“It’s an exciting time. We got two high character guys coming in, guys I feel that have been overlooked and underrated in my mind. They’re great on and off the ice. Looking forward to camp, it’s about building relationships with those guys.”
Those guys -- Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson -- comprise Calgary’s new goaltending duo.
Neither was with the club last season.
As such, the process has started for Sigalet.
“I’ve already gone to dinner in Calgary with Johnson to build that relationship,” said Sigalet, who also witnessed a change behind the bench with head coach Bob Hartley and associate coach Jacques Cloutier leaving, and Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard joining the Flames.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Patrick Sieloff from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Alex Chiasson.
Sieloff, 22, made his National Hockey League debut with Calgary last season, playing one game. In his lone game, he scored the game-winning goal in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on April 9. In 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, he scored two goals, nine assists and recorded 54 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 205-pound native of Superior, Mich., was Calgary’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 102 career AHL games between the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames and Stockton, he has recorded 16 points, including four goals. Sieloff has represented the United States internationally on three occasions, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia.
Chiasson, 25, was acquired by Ottawa from the Dallas Stars in a five-player trade on July 1, 2014. In 153 games with the Senators over two seasons, he scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points while recording 112 penalty minutes.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In St. Louis, it was coach Ken Hitchcock who saw Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller and then 25-year-old Jake Allen as Elliott's superior or equal, preventing him from taking over a starting job finally waiting for him in Calgary.
"He's had to fight for the net in St. Louis because management has always felt there's a goaltender there that's his equal," said Flames hockey president Brian Burke.
"That's certainly not the situation with us."...
Between both parties, we realized it was probably best to try to find a home for me somewhere else," said Elliott, 31, who was traded for the 35th pick Saturday and a third rounder in 2018 conditional on him re-signing in Calgary.
"I wanted to have that opportunity, just based on how the past couple years have gone. (Jake Allen) is a really good goaltender and is a good friend of mine. I don't want to go out with bad blood. I respect St. Louis, the city and the organization. I think they respected me as well. I think they wanted to give me an opportunity and I worked hard for it but they weren't able to give it to me.
"With this trade, Calgary's obviously shown a lot of interest in me and it was welcoming. Just having the GM and the coaching staff show interest in me, it makes me feel great. It makes you want to get to Calgary right away."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN.
“We were linked to every goaltender from Timbits to senior men’s league on Sunday nights,” Treliving said, laughing. “We might’ve talked to them all, too.”
Elliott, 31, led the league in save percentage last season with a .930 mark. He also started 18 of the Blues’ 20 playoff games this spring, bringing St. Louis to within two wins of the Stanley Cup final.
“You see his game, he’s sort of a late bloomer,” Treliving said. “Maybe he doesn’t get the fanfare of a lot of other guys, but when you dig into the numbers, he’s one of the best goaltenders in the league for the last number of years.”
After losing out on Frederik Andersen to Toronto earlier in the week, the Flames were believed to have kicked the tires on Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and maybe even Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky before finding a sweet spot in St. Louis.
Elliott’s reasonable contract at $2.5 million, plus the relatively low acquisition cost to acquire him, made him a worthwhile proposition for Calgary - especially considering they were the last team standing in need of a starter.
The Blues, meanwhile, wanted to turn the crease over to 25-year-old Jake Allen, who split the starts with Elliott last season.
“I just felt when you look at the combination of the player, the person, the acquisition cost, the contract, we thought it was a smart move for us,” Treliving said. “It was hard to find people to say a bad word about him. As we looked around, this one just made sense. If we don’t have an extra second-round pick, we don’t have a goaltender tonight.”
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