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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Given an option, Johnny Gaudreau admits he’d rather be playing for the United States at the World Cup of Hockey.
However, the 23-year-old winger insists he is happy to suit up for Team North America’s young guns squad as it gives him a chance to escape what he calls a painful contract negotiation process.
“Honestly, throughout the whole summer and contract situation it’s been so painful because every day it’s something that’s on my mind,” said the restricted free agent who has yet to come to terms with the Calgary Flames.
“So this tourney has helped me not worry about that. I can just play hockey, have fun, be part of the team and hang out with teammates. It’s been the easiest part of my summer without the contract situation there.”
It was his first candid comments on a process he’d previously been insisting for weeks hasn’t been bothering him.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Contract talks between Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames don’t seem to be going well.
In fact, according to Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, there is a gap of $1.5 million annually between the team and player.
Francis reports Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, is seeking an annual average value of around $8 million for Gaudreau. In comparison, Sean Monahan signed a seven-year, $44.625-million contract ($6.375 million salary cap) last month and that’s more in the range of what the team is thinking.
Gaudreau, 23, is a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level deal that paid him an average of $925,00 per season.
I would have pointed to the Francis story directly, but all morning I am getting an error on the page.
from Scott Cruickshand of the Calgary Herald,
“As a friend of Johnny’s, as a teammate, I’m confident he’ll be done,” Giordano says. “There still is that time. Sometimes the back and forth (negotiating), it gets dragged out a little bit, but I’m sure it’ll get done before the season starts.
“Obviously, as camp gets closer and closer, it’ll get the ball rolling more and more.”
Maybe. Maybe not.
Lewis Gross – representative of the wee winger, who turned 23 earlier this month – is reportedly declining to bargain during the World Cup, a production that eats up the bulk of September.
That ploy doesn’t leave much wiggle room for Treliving.
“You know what? At the end of the day, there’s always a little bit of anxiety,” says Giordano. “We know what he is. Everyone knows what Johnny means to our team. We know what type of guy he is. Being optimistic, you hope as a teammate that it’ll all work out.”
Giordano understands that these ordeals can have their own pace.
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.
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