Gaudreau Watch: A Good Sign?

Ryan Pike
February 12 2014 10:15AM

(image courtesy our pals at BC Interruption)

Philadelphia-based journalist Al Morganti made an appearance on Sportsnet 960 The Fan this morning and dropped some information on Calgary Flames wunderkind Johnny Gaudreau.

EDIT: Sportsnet960's Twitter quoted Morganti as saying "I'm told that he feels he can't do anything more in college. He'll turn pro with Calgary."

Wait, what?

You can listen to the audio on the Sportsnet 960 site, but the actual verbiage is a bit different:

"From what I can gather here from people I've talked to, there's no more that can be done at Boston College. His brother being there, winning the Beanpot agan - which is huge. For people that don't understand it, the Beanpot there is...I believe it more important than a national championship. It's a tremendous traditional series and they've won it every year. It's incredible what BC has done, and I'm told that everybody realizes you jus can't get any more out of this experience here. You're gonna have to turn, you're gonna have to go and sign - whenever it's done here, and it's probably not gonna be for awhile because BC's good - turn pro with the Flames."

Morganti's based in Philadelphia - Gaudreau is from South Jersey, across the river from Philly - and went to school in the Boston area, and the Sportsnet 960 hosts made sure to ask Morganti about the connection before leaping into the statement made above. In short: he's probably credible and he's definitely connected in both Boston and the Philly area, so he'd be in a position to hear these things.

Granted, nothing is signed yet and nothing will be official until Boston College's season ends and the ink is dry on an actual contract, but this is yet another declaration that Johnny Gaudreau is intending to join the Calgary Flames organization in the near future and probably won't pull a "Justin Schultz" and try to go elsewhere. This is consistent with Gaudreau's own comments to Calgary media ever since he was drafted in the 2011 NHL Draft and became a really good NCAA player the following season.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#51 prendrefeu
February 13 2014, 02:25AM
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Gaudreau good to go pro.

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#52 44stampede
February 13 2014, 04:02AM
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Brent G. wrote:

We have until August 15 IF he goes back to school for one more year. JG isn't eligible until 2015 to become a UFA this there is no timeline like what you speak.

I'm with Primo, these comments are becoming horrendously predictable...

Can someone clarify this? Does he need to be signed by August this year or do we have his rights till 2015?

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#53 coachedpotatoe
February 13 2014, 07:43AM
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Lot's to talk about based upon a number of recent threads, but lets start with today. The trade that people are talking about via Gio is just silly; at this point in the rebuild we need him as much as Edmonton, not only that but I'm sure Nurse is as good as people think.

The news about Johnny hockey is great news but more or less what I expected. He would not become a UFA until August 2015. I suspect unless BC gets upset early in the NCAA tournament that we will not see him with big club but there is a good chance of seeing him with the Heat for the playoffs.( this could be quite an addition for the playoff run, Johnny, Arnold, Agostina and possibly Monahan)Can the guys who playoff runs in the CHL end play in the AHL playoffs?

Lot's of discussion about how to move forward with the rebuild. A couple of people have suggested dumping the AHL vets like BJones, Street, Billins and Cundari; I'm not sure this is a good idea for the organization; we need these type of bridge players while some of the younger guys develop. One of the reasons that the Heat are doing so well this year is because of the mentorship these guys provide.

There have been lots of props for the forward prospects in this organization over the last few threads.(Johnny, Arnold, Poirier, Klimchuk, Granlund, Knight, Rhino, Ferland) Not much love for the backend guys as they always take longer to develop.

How does the organization move forward? I think there are two clear paths. One if we want to be patient and be in the McDavid/Eichel hunt then stay the course and keep the current veteran forwards as your mentors(Backs, Stajan,Hudler, GlenX,McG, and Djones)increase the work load of Monahan, Colborne,and Bouma, and rotate the young guys through the big club during the season. On the backend we have a sound two pairings Gio/Brodie, Wides/Russell, and Smid so either sign a midrange UFA or allow one of the AHL prospects to play up. Goaltending would remain the status quo. This strategy would mean being out of the playoffs until at least 2017/18.

The other choice is to stick with Backs/Hudler/GlenX/Stajan and actively and aggressively target the top 27-30 year old UFa's up front and replace McG and Djones with significant upgrades.(plus one more) On the backend go after 2 of the highend UFA's. in other words spend nearer the top of the cap. Also go after the top UFA goaltender. Following this path you may even contend for the last two playoff spots as early as next season.

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#54 Parallex
February 13 2014, 08:29AM
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@Brent G.

Not to be a nitpick (and by saying that I acknowledge that I totaly mean to nitpick) but he wouldn't be a UFA. He'll be signing a ELC which is restricted in term and restricted in dollars... so hardly qualifies for the "U" part of "UFA". I know what you mean but that's just a pet peeve of mine.

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