October 20 2014 01:37PM
As originally reported by Sportsnet's scoops guru Elliotte Friedman yesterday, the Calgary Flames have officially signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. The deal kicks off next season and runs through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The team didn't release money terms, officially. But Friedman reported the average annual value of the deal to be about $4.65 million per year. Although Brodie still had another 8 months before becoming a restricted free agent, his new long-term contract has been a long time coming.
FlamesNation readers will know we've been an advocate of sewing up Brodie long-term since the club signed his bridge deal about 16 months ago. At the time, re-signing Brodie to anything over two years was generally considered folly, but his incredibly strong underlying numbers suggested it was a good bet.
The intervening season (plus seven games) seems to have erased all the decision makers doubts. Brodie rose to prominence alongside Mark Giordano in the Flames first pairing last year and effectively cemented himself as one of the best young defenders in the game.
In discussing his potential new contract this past summer we hit on the $4.5M/year area as probable for Brodie given his nearest comparables, so the number isn't unexpected. Nevertheless, If Brodie simply runs in place and stops developing today, the deal is a good one for the Flames. If he gets any better at all, he'll be one of the best value contracts around (this despite the fact Calgary probably could have had him for a million dollars cheaper per year had Jay Feaster taken the plunge previously rather than opting for the bridge contract).
No doubt, Brodie's hot start to the season was part of the impetus to getting the player under contract sooner rather than later. Beyond further assuaging doubts about his ability, Treliving and company are no doubt aware that Brodie's price could have jumped significantly in the off-season if he managed a 40-50 point season.
High-fives all around. Next up? Mikael Backlund! (Hopefully.)