Housekeeping: Flames Sign Joni Ortio

bookofloob
July 24 2014 04:07PM

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On the heels of Joe Colborne's recent contract signing, the Calgary Flames continue to put checkmarks next to their summer to-do list, as the team announced they have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender and devastatingly handsome Joni Ortio to a fresh two year pact:


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Five things: Curtis-y flush

Ryan Lambert
July 24 2014 08:43AM

1. The Glencross news

As of Monday, everyone on the team save for a few guys has received a new contract, thanks to Joe Colborne getting what appears to be a fairly reasonable two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.275 million. That's all well and good. Bouma shouldn't be too hard to re-sign either, and something in the same neighborhood as Colborne's deal doesn't seem too far off. Maybe an even $1 million. Neither Mark Cundari nor Joni Ortio strike one as being too difficult to lock down for a year or two either. Doesn't really matter.

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Pondering Extensions for Brodie & Backlund

Ryan Pike
July 23 2014 12:45PM

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Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving checked off another thing from his to-do list yesterday, inking restricted free agent Joe Colborne to a two-year deal. That leaves RFAs Lance Bouma, Mark Cundari and Joni Ortio left to sign. (And an extension for Curtis Glencross, which can probably wait.)

(For the record, I betcha Bouma gets somewhere closer to $1.5 million when he re-signs.)

But once those things are handled, the next priority for Treliving is likely extensions for two of the team's best players: Mikael Backlund and T.J. Brodie.

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Report: Flames Settle With Colborne

Ryan Pike
July 22 2014 10:27AM

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Because nobody ever really wants to go forward with an arbitration hearing and publicly bury one of their players, the Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with center Joe Colborne on a new deal.

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Revisiting Calgary's Age Gap Conundrum

Ryan Pike
July 22 2014 09:44AM

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About a year ago, we spent some time looking at the Flames' age structure.

Back then, the Flames were still somewhat mired in a problem: they had a lot of older players, and a handful of younger players, and not a lot of NHL-ready players in that middle age group. To be successful or, heck, just to survive the aging of your roster, you want to have a reasonably balanced age structure with younger players coming up at a fairly steady rate to spell off your declining and departing veterans.

The Flames have improved a bit in this area just over the past 13 months - through two free agent signing periods and an entire regular season.

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