TJ Brodie Signs

Justin Azevedo
July 31 2013 05:58PM

TJ Brodie

TJ Brodie has finally put his mark on a new contract with the Flames.

The 23-year-old defenseman and Jay Feaster came to an agreement today on a 2-year, $4.25 million deal (AAV $2.125).

The merits of signing Brodie long-term were obvious, but for right now this contract gives the Flames a very valuable defender for a small price. However, if he continues to progress the way he has (or, hell, doesn't regress from where he's at this second) Calgary will be looking at a lengthy and expensive investment in the summer of 2015.

For those who worried: let this be a reminder that when dealing with RFA's, there's very little to be concerned about.

Brodie will still be an RFA at the end of the deal but he will have arbitration rights.

For more info on Brodie's play this season and the pros and cons of this contract, check out these links:

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Justin is a 22-year-old Flames fan who also happens to be pursuing a double major at the University of Calgary. He has played hockey at high levels, enjoys wearing shorts and tends to drink far too much Grasshopper. Please don't hate him.
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#1 Kent Wilson
July 31 2013, 06:03PM
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Yay!

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#2 jeremywilhelm
July 31 2013, 06:05PM
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Yay!

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#3 SmellOfVictory
July 31 2013, 06:05PM
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Yay!

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#4 Kevin R
July 31 2013, 06:07PM
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Yay!

Note: comment changed to Yay by management for purposes of consistency.

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#5 Vowswithin
July 31 2013, 06:07PM
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Yay!

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#6 Wizard22
July 31 2013, 06:08PM
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#7 bezer
July 31 2013, 06:09PM
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Yay!

Note: comment changed to Yay by management for purposes of consistency.

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#8 jeremywilhelm
July 31 2013, 06:10PM
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Yay!

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#10 Ryan Lambert
July 31 2013, 06:12PM
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Dumb!

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#11 Kevin R
July 31 2013, 06:12PM
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Sorry, just got a little excited.

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#12 SydScout
July 31 2013, 06:13PM
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Ryan Lambert wrote:

Dumb!

Yay!

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#13 Jibmeister
July 31 2013, 06:14PM
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Yay!

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#14 Matt
July 31 2013, 06:16PM
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Yay?

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#15 Kent Wilson
July 31 2013, 06:16PM
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Best comment string yet.

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#16 seve927
July 31 2013, 06:25PM
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How 'bout a Yahhhhhhh HOO!

EDIT:Fair enough. Yay!

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#17 RKD
July 31 2013, 06:25PM
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Yay!

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#18 Denscafon
July 31 2013, 06:27PM
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YAY!

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#19 febreze
July 31 2013, 06:33PM
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Finally a thread I can contribute to. How do you spell "Yay!"? Unfortunately, I know all to well how to spell "Dumb!"

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#20 tsnGuy
July 31 2013, 06:34PM
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You are all sheep and your shepherd is Kent Wilson.

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#21 Craig
July 31 2013, 06:35PM
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Yay!

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#22 Avalain
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Yay!

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#23 Peekin Saprykin
July 31 2013, 06:39PM
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Yay!

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#24 bookofloob
July 31 2013, 06:48PM
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ayy

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#25 beloch
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Yaarrrrr!

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#26 Kent Wilson
July 31 2013, 07:12PM
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@tsnGuy

Actually I think they're all making fun of me.

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#27 Ryan Pike
July 31 2013, 07:13PM
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I AM EXCITED.

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#28 redricardo
July 31 2013, 07:21PM
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I need an eclamation that expresses joy and excitement! Hmm...

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/yay

YAY!

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#29 ChinookArch
July 31 2013, 07:24PM
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tsnGuy wrote:

You are all sheep and your shepherd is Kent Wilson.

Bahhhh. Bahhhh.

Yay!

Not a whole lot to dislike here. Good value, and when it's time they have to pay more.

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#30 T&A4Flames
July 31 2013, 07:29PM
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Oh...............YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY

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#31 The Last Big Bear
July 31 2013, 07:29PM
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Yay!

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#32 RexLibris
July 31 2013, 07:30PM
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Just to be a contrarian, I'm going to say "yay", but spell it backwards! Ha! Take that Flames fans!

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#33 J.P.
July 31 2013, 07:35PM
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Yay!

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#34 FalsePerm
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#35 Primo
July 31 2013, 07:41PM
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Where are all the Feaster bashers this evening? Seems like Feaster has introduced some much needed discipline into this organization.

Just think if a few of his drafts develop as expected....

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#36 Ryan Lambert
July 31 2013, 07:43PM
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Where are all the Feaster bashers this evening? Seems like Feaster has introduced some much needed discipline into this organization.

Just think if a few of his drafts develop as expected....

im saying its dumb on twitter dot commercial

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#37 RexLibris
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im saying its dumb on twitter dot commercial

Ya, I'm not a fan of the contract as I think it may give some strong leverage to Brodie's camp in two years' time. I don't expect the Flames to be pushing against the cap in 2015, but it does leave them vulnerable.

That being said, maybe Brodie's camp looks at the options and wasn't taking anything more than two years unless it was a massive overpay. We only see the result and usually praise or blame the GM for offering the contract without knowing what the ask was from the other side.

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#38 thymebalm
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Yay!

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#39 SmellOfVictory
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Ya, I'm not a fan of the contract as I think it may give some strong leverage to Brodie's camp in two years' time. I don't expect the Flames to be pushing against the cap in 2015, but it does leave them vulnerable.

That being said, maybe Brodie's camp looks at the options and wasn't taking anything more than two years unless it was a massive overpay. We only see the result and usually praise or blame the GM for offering the contract without knowing what the ask was from the other side.

From what I read, the Flames were the ones insisting on a 1 or 2 year contract. Honestly I think a 1 year contract would've much better served them. Two years is juuuust enough time for Brodie to establish himself with some serious bargaining power for his next contract (not that I think he doesn't deserve it, because he's awesome, but I'm saying it's not optimal management).

Better than a contract that barely takes him to UFA, but the worst of the acceptable contract lengths (better being either 1 year or 6-8 years).

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#40 Captain Ron
July 31 2013, 08:08PM
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YAY!

But completely expected.

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#41 Ryan Pike
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Cheaper than I thought it'd be.

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#42 Arik
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@SmellOfVictory

Yup. Serious mismanagement in contract length. I would rather the Flames have paid a bit more for a lot longer. This contract is gonna be so dumb.

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#43 TRAV
July 31 2013, 08:25PM
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A solid and good value contract for the Flames. It'll be a good problem if Brodie plays so we that we owe him big dollars next contract. That'll mean he's continued his development and we have a young valuable player in his prime. Hopefully we have this problem with a few more of our kids. For now it's a great contract for a solid player. Now if only we can get Johnny signed....

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#44 Baalzamon
July 31 2013, 08:37PM
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I hope the Flames sign Brodie to an extension at the end of next season. Ie, before he's worth 5 per.

They can do that, right?

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#45 Colin
July 31 2013, 08:37PM
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So what took so long? This seems pretty standard as far as a RFA contract goes, as Feaster made this a "priority" seems weird that it took this long to bang out this contract.

Either way, as has been discussed to death, this is one of those nice second contracts GMs would like to see a return to, however would have been nice to see him lockd up a little longer.

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#46 Colin
July 31 2013, 08:39PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

I hope the Flames sign Brodie to an extension at the end of next season. Ie, before he's worth 5 per.

They can do that, right?

Yeah, as soon as there is one year left on the deal they can re-sign him, however if he performs better than this year, I don't expect that deal to happen that soon, unless it's long term and big money.

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#47 RexLibris
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Recent experience (Gagner) has shown that signing good young RFAs to perennially short contracts usually ends up leaving them more and more leverage as they get older.

I suspect Brodie will improve and possibly peak as a good 1st pairing to outstanding 2nd pairing puck-moving blueliner. Those kinds of players attract attention and even if the Flames have cap space to burn when the next contract comes up, it may leave them with less room afterwards or, if they try to negotiate it down, could leave them open to an offer sheet.

There has been some talk in the Edmonton media recently about Nugent-Hopkins' next contract which can be signed beginning this coming season. Debate is on about where to slot him in relative to Hall and Eberle's contract. My assertion is that he is best signed for 8 years (the in-house maximum) at the Hall price point because his position is so crucial and that price tag will look far more palatable with each passing season.

Comparing these two players is a bit of apples and oranges, but nevertheless, if the Flames could have signed Brodie for five years at $4.25 million it would have been a good deal, in my opinion. A tad overpaid this season, but by year four probably a heck of a deal precisely when it will be needed.

However, we wait and see what Brodie (and Backlund, for that matter) can deliver this season and what impact that may have in two years' time.

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#48 chillout
July 31 2013, 09:32PM
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aaannnnnnd there's the basher. How do you figure this contract is going to be " so dumb"? if he keeps improving then in 2 years yes you are going to have to pay him...big deal. Or if he stays at about the same or regresses also no big deal. If you have him locked up for 7 or 8 years and things don't go great here for the team but he turns out amazing then he is more likely to get unhappy since he won't be making what he's worth and he won't be in the playoffs so we'll be forced to trade him.

Short and sweet and the money is great so quit complaining

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#49 RKD
July 31 2013, 10:00PM
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This is a great signing, after two years if Brodie keeps progressing then he can get longer term and bigger contract. I watched the interview with Feaster and they said they told the Brodie camp it was going to be a 1-3 year deal and that he's been given all the tools to succeed. Let's hope in two years he's our best d-man.

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#50 Mullen Mania
July 31 2013, 10:51PM
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