Weekend Open Thread: 2014-15 Contract Round-Up

Ryan Pike
July 26 2014 11:00AM

The Flames made some more signings this week, inking Sam Bennett, Joe Colborne and Joni Ortio to new deals. With those deals inked and only Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari left to go among the restricted free agents, what better time than the vaunted Weekend Open Thread to talk a gander at the team's contract situation.

Who stays in Calgary? Who gets dispatched to Glens Falls? Who gets traded away for a bag of pucks or a bunch of sticks? Here's who is making what (and on what kind of deal) in 2014-15.

GOALIES

  • Jonas Hiller (32): 1-way deal worth $4.5 million
  • Karri Ramo (28): 1-way deal worth $2.75 million
  • Joni Ortio (23): 2-way deal worth $600,000 in NHL ($115,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Brad Thiessen (28): 2-way deal worth $550,000 in NHL ($115,000 in AHL)

DEFENSEMEN

  • Dennis Wideman (31): 1-way deal worth $5.25 million
  • Mark Giordano (30): 1-way deal worth $4.02 million
  • Ladislav Smid (28): 1-way deal worth $3.5 million
  • Deryk Engelland (32): 1-way deal worth $2.917 million
  • Kris Russell (27): 1-way deal worth $2.6 million
  • T.J. Brodie (24): 1-way deal worth $2.15 million
  • Tyler Wotherspoon (21): 2-way deal worth $925,000 in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • John Ramage (23): 2-way deal worth $900,000 (with bonuses) in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Patrick Sieloff (20): 2-way deal worth $894,167 in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Keegan Kanzig (19): 2-way deal worth $894,167 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt] [Contract Slides Unless He Plays 10 NHL Games]
  • Brett Kulak (20): 2-way deal worth $816,667 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Ryan Culkin (20): 2-way deal worth $816,667 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Sena Acolatse (23): 2-way deal worth $700,000 in NHL ($150,000 in AHL)
  • Mark Cundari (24): restricted free agent
  • Chad Billins (25): restricted free agent with KHL contract

FORWARDS

  • Jiri Hudler (30): 1-way deal worth $4 million
  • David Jones (29): 1-way deal worth $4 million
  • Corban Knight (23): 2-way deal worth $3.75 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Mason Raymond (28): 1-way deal worth $3.15 million
  • Matt Stajan (30): 1-way deal worth $3.125 million
  • Curtis Glencross (31): 1-way deal worth $2.55 million
  • Johnny Gaudreau (20): 2-way deal worth $1.85 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Sean Monahan (19): 2-way deal worth $1.775 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Sam Bennett (18): 2-way deal worth an estimated $1.775 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt] [Contract Slides Unless He Plays 10 NHL Games] (I'm guessing he gets the Monahan deal.)
  • Mikael Backlund (25): 1-way deal worth $1.5 million
  • Sven Baertschi (21): 2-way deal worth $1.425 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Bryce Van Brabant (22): 2-way deal worth $1.35 million (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Joe Colborne (24): 1-way deal worth $1.275 million
  • Brandon Bollig (27): 1-way deal worth $1.25 million
  • Josh Jooris (23): 2-way deal worth $925,000 in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • David Wolf (25): 2-way deal worth $925,000 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Markus Granlund (21): 2-way deal worth $925,000 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Bill Arnold (22): 2-way deal worth $900,000 (with bonuses) in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Kenny Agostino (22): 2-way deal worth $900,000 (with bonuses) in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Morgan Klimchuk (19): 2-way deal worth $894,167 in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt] [Contract Slides Unless He Plays 10 NHL Games]
  • Emile Poirier (19): 2-way deal worth $894,167 in NHL ($70,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt] [Contract Slides Unless He Plays 10 NHL Games]
  • Max Reinhart (22): 2-way deal worth $878,333 (with bonuses) in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Ben Hanowski (23): 2-way deal worth $850,500 in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Michael Ferland (22): 2-way deal worth $798,056 (with bonuses) in NHL ($67,500 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Brian McGrattan (32): 1-way deal worth $750,000
  • Paul Byron (25): 1-way deal worth $600,000
  • Turner Elson (21): 2-way deal worth $565,000 in NHL ($55,000 in AHL) [Waiver Exempt]
  • Lance Bouma (24): restricted free agent

SO WHAT?

Calgary has 44 players under contract for 2014-15, plus 2 RFAs (Bouma & Cundari) that they plan on signing, so 46 contract spots are accounted for. However, roughly 4 deals (Bennett, Kanzig, Klimchuk & Poirier) can slide this season, so in essence it's really just 42 spots taken up.

Man, Max Reinhart is underpaid relative to his collegiate brethren, isn't he?

Man, Dennis Wideman is overpaid compared to...everyone, isn't he?

I don't hate the team's internal salary structure. Not a lot of guys making huge AHL bank, and the hierarchy of NHL cap hits makes complete sense.

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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 Baalzamon
    July 27 2014, 08:03PM
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    @MontanaMan

    Get something you need (defense) for something you have a lot of.

    fyp.

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    #52 Scary Gary
    July 27 2014, 08:08PM
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    @coachedpotatoe

    Sven needs to be given an honest opportunity, ice time, PP time and decent line-mates.

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    #53 coachedpotatoe
    July 27 2014, 08:14PM
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    Scary Gary wrote:

    Sven needs to be given an honest opportunity, ice time, PP time and decent line-mates.

    I agree but the same needs to be said for all the prospects.

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    #54 mattyc
    July 27 2014, 08:26PM
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    damn tree-huggin' euros. Feed 'em to the Wolves!

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    #55 MontanaMan
    July 27 2014, 08:44PM
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    Alt wrote:

    Bravo BIG BOY!

    Your statement about soft Europeans and transplanted Canadian's border's on RIDICULOUS.

    Big Boy??? Is this WW? I think it's a fair statement that someone like Wolf can play a big game in Europe but it doesn't necessarily translate to North America. I wasn't commenting on skilled Europeans who are able (for the most part) to transition well, but someone who plays a tough game in Europe against teams without an enforcer will be in for a shock when he tries that over here. I don't think that's too hard to comprehend is it Alt?

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    #56 RexLibris
    July 27 2014, 09:19PM
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    Just had a look at Wolf's stats to familiarize myself with him as a player.

    Interesting.

    He and Van Brabant should make quite the interesting pair in the AHL.

    If either or both play in the NHL I suspect the officials will be paying very close attention as both have, shall we say, somewhat specialized resumes.

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    #57 Chambers
    July 27 2014, 09:46PM
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    The Last Big Bear wrote:

    Wolf is basically a Matt Cooke who's willing to fight, except Cooke is actually an NHL-calibre player while Wolf probably isn't.

    Having a total scumbag skating around on your team gets more people hurt, not fewer.

    Your a very astute and knowledgeable hockey fan. Wolf has not even attended training camp nor has he even played one mere game with the Flames and you have already judged him as a non-caliber NHL player and scum bag.

    You are very talented indeed.

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    #58 cunninglinguist
    July 27 2014, 10:38PM
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    Really hoping Team Canada re-unites a line of Klimchuk, Bennett and McDavid for the WJC

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    #59 Baalzamon
    July 27 2014, 11:06PM
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    That would be something to see, to be sure.

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    #60 Primo
    July 27 2014, 11:26PM
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    Baalzamon wrote:

    That would be something to see, to be sure.

    It would be better to see all 3 as future Flames!

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    #61 EugeneV
    July 28 2014, 02:43AM
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    Kent Wilson wrote:

    fancy stat journals

    I don't think there's been an article on FN that has mentioned "fancy stats" in at least a month.

    It's July 26th. There's been no meaningful news about this team in the last 4 weeks. OilersNation also has 10 times the readership of FN and most of their writers are part time or full time (paid) contributors. Most of our writers are volunteers. Some of them are on vacation. We have a couple of series of articles planned for August, but you have to understand - this is the doldrums of hockey coverage and nobody on this site makes an actual living writing about hockey.

    The fact that Oilersnation has 10x the readership just shows how little there actually is to do in Edmonton.

    If they actually do try to get out of their parents basements.

    How's that for "insightful entertainment" Lombardi?

    Sorry about the use of a stat, though.

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    #62 Kristjan
    July 30 2014, 10:03PM
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    TRADE IDEAS

    DETROIT Wideman (retained 20%)

    CALGARY 2015 3rd Martin Frk, RW

    TORONTO DET 2015 3rd Eric Roy

    CALGARY Cody Franson Tyler Biggs

    MONTREAL Jones (retained 50%) 2015 5th

    CALGARY Magnus Nygren Travis Moen

    IN: Franson, Nygren, Moen, Biggs, Frk OUT: Jones, Wideman, Roy

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