Weekend Open Thread: 2014-15 Contract Round-Up

Ryan Pike
July 26 2014 11:00AM

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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.

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On Flexibility and the Waiver Wire

Ryan Pike
July 25 2014 10:35AM

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Joni Ortio signed a new contract yesterday. When he appeared on Sportsnet 960 radio to discuss the deal, Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained that Ortio was able to bounce between the NHL and AHL this season - which is probably one of the reasons Ortio was willing to sign for the terms he did. He's both waiver exempt and on a two-way for 2014-15, but on a one-way in 2015-16, with the implication that the club really wants to audition him for an NHL job soon.

Ortio's not the only player in the organization with this much flexibility.

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Pondering Extensions for Brodie & Backlund

Ryan Pike
July 23 2014 12:45PM

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Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving checked off another thing from his to-do list yesterday, inking restricted free agent Joe Colborne to a two-year deal. That leaves RFAs Lance Bouma, Mark Cundari and Joni Ortio left to sign. (And an extension for Curtis Glencross, which can probably wait.)

(For the record, I betcha Bouma gets somewhere closer to $1.5 million when he re-signs.)

But once those things are handled, the next priority for Treliving is likely extensions for two of the team's best players: Mikael Backlund and T.J. Brodie.

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Report: Flames Settle With Colborne

Ryan Pike
July 22 2014 10:27AM

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Because nobody ever really wants to go forward with an arbitration hearing and publicly bury one of their players, the Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with center Joe Colborne on a new deal.

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Revisiting Calgary's Age Gap Conundrum

Ryan Pike
July 22 2014 09:44AM

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About a year ago, we spent some time looking at the Flames' age structure.

Back then, the Flames were still somewhat mired in a problem: they had a lot of older players, and a handful of younger players, and not a lot of NHL-ready players in that middle age group. To be successful or, heck, just to survive the aging of your roster, you want to have a reasonably balanced age structure with younger players coming up at a fairly steady rate to spell off your declining and departing veterans.

The Flames have improved a bit in this area just over the past 13 months - through two free agent signing periods and an entire regular season.

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