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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#51 Craig
July 31 2013, 06:35PM
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#52 Avalain
July 31 2013, 06:36PM
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#53 Peekin Saprykin
July 31 2013, 06:39PM
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#54 bookofloob
July 31 2013, 06:48PM
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#55 beloch
July 31 2013, 06:53PM
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#56 Ryan Pike
July 31 2013, 07:13PM
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I AM EXCITED.

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#57 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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#58 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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#59 T&A4Flames
July 31 2013, 07:29PM
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Oh...............YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY

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#60 The Last Big Bear
July 31 2013, 07:29PM
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#61 J.P.
July 31 2013, 07:35PM
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#62 thymebalm
July 31 2013, 08:02PM
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#63 SmellOfVictory
July 31 2013, 08:05PM
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RexLibris wrote:

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

But completely expected.

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#65 Ryan Pike
July 31 2013, 08:10PM
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Cheaper than I thought it'd be.

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#66 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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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 Mullen Mania
July 31 2013, 10:51PM
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yay

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#71 Parallex
August 01 2013, 09:10AM
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Bean-counting cowboy wrote:

Yay!

On a side note, why is "flamesnation.ca" taking me to Oilers nation? Is Wanye playing tricks on you Kent? Or is my computer messed?

It did the same to me.

On the Brodie deal I think I would have preferred a 1 year deal. Another half year of evaluation time (followed by a in-season longterm extension if it validates his past year end) would have been better.

Two year deal seems sub-optimal. If he progresses it leaves him with more leverage (and by extension dollars) when the time comes for a longterm contract and if he regresses then you're left with a bottom pairing defenseman with a minimum qualifying offer of 2.5M.

It's not a "bad" deal perse... but it could have been better for the team. But who knows negotiations aren't a one man show, maybe the second year comes at the insistence of the Brodie camp.

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#72 SmellOfVictory
August 01 2013, 09:12AM
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Most of these comparisons being made of overpaid long-term RFA contracts are not actual comparables. They're all kids who had good seasons and got paid as a result - Tyler Seguin, as one of the examples, came off a single season of 67 points. That's a lot for a kid his age (or most players), and they paid him based on that season.

Again, we're taking about Brodie, who, from a scoring standpoint had his best season last season at a roughly 25 point pace. That's not the kind of number that's going to boost a guy's paycheque beyond his actual value as a player. To reiterate: TJ Brodie is currently a better player than his scoring numbers would suggest, and is a very good bet to become even better than he currently is; if there was ever a player to try to lock in long-term, it would be TJ Brodie right now.

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#73 negrilcowboy
August 01 2013, 09:14AM
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YIPPY YIPPY YAY YIPPY , I"m so excited and i just can't hide it. I'm about to lose control

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#74 Bean-counting cowboy
August 01 2013, 10:47AM
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@the-wolf

Where did you hear that about Calgary getting the deal nixed?

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#75 coachedpotatoe
August 01 2013, 09:32PM
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@Baalzamon

Backlund, sorry that I missed spelled his name. We are not all perfect.

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#76 coachedpotatoe
August 02 2013, 08:35AM
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@coachedpotatoe

Actually exhaustion.

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