On Flexibility and the Waiver Wire

Ryan Pike
July 25 2014 10:35AM

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Joni Ortio signed a new contract yesterday. When he appeared on Sportsnet 960 radio to discuss the deal, Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained that Ortio was able to bounce between the NHL and AHL this season - which is probably one of the reasons Ortio was willing to sign for the terms he did. He's both waiver exempt and on a two-way for 2014-15, but on a one-way in 2015-16, with the implication that the club really wants to audition him for an NHL job soon.

Ortio's not the only player in the organization with this much flexibility.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 25 2014 08:05AM

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Trading a young star, stats for days, behind the Kesler trade talks, Draisaitl versus Bennett and more, all in this weeks roundup

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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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