July 17 2013 04:01PM
As the TJ Brodie negotiations stretch out, Feaster is at least getting other orders of business done. Today the team announced they have inked 24 year old defender Chris Breen to a one-year, two-way contract.
The deal is worth $577k/$80k per year, depending on where he plays.
July 16 2013 03:08PM
For those unaware, Frans Neilsen was a darling of the stazis for a long time, in fact even before he began to score 40+ points and get noticed as a Selke candidate. The great Dane fell off this shortened season for whatever reason, but up until recently he was the archetype of a capable, two-way centerman who quietly takes on all the tough match-ups and gets the job done.
July 15 2013 01:39PM
A couple of bits are causing some consternation in Flamesland these days - specifically my takes on TJ Brodie and Keegan Kanzig.
For Brodie, there's a lot of push back on my interest in inking him long-term. Not an unreasonable reaction to tell you the truth - the issue at the heart of the debate is risk vs reward. If you don't rate Brodie as I do or are uncomfortable with the level of risk involved, you won't have much interest in a 7-year type commitment. And fair enough.
I'll say again I don't think a short-term bridge deal is a necessarily a bad play and if the Flames go that direction (which I assume they will), I won't be upset. My presumption is there's more upside to be ahd in locking him down long-term and buying UFA years cheaply now versus what I assume they will cost down the road.
July 13 2013 01:11PM
It was the development camp scrimmage this morning and more than a few folks showed up to watch (my guess is between 500-100). Ryan Pike is busy gathering player interviews as the camp progresses, but for now this thread is share the thoughts and impressions of anyone who has taken in the action thus far.
July 12 2013 11:22AM
Pretty clear the #Flames are looking for a bridge type contract in the 1-3 year range. Makes sense for both sides.— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) July 11, 2013
With the powers that be organizing themselves around the prospect development camp in town, a few bits of info are trickling out through the usual channels. One such nugget was the recent news that Calgary has offered TJ Brodie a pair of potential deals: a one year contract and a slightly longer, bridge-type deal in the same realm as Mikael Backlund's recent contract.