The most important pending extensions

Pat Steinberg
October 27 2016 10:00AM


For the last number of years, many Calgary Flames fans have pointed to the summer of 2017 as an important one. The Flames are set to see a number of contracts drop off the books at the end of this season, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to have a lot of cash to play with. 

Calgary has a number of important contract extensions to figure out over the next eight months or so, but two stand out more than the rest.

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Don't worry about Brian Elliott

Pat Steinberg
October 23 2016 10:00AM

The first impressions of Brian Elliott in a Calgary Flames uniform haven't been overly positive. With an 0-3 record and very unflattering totals thus far, some are wondering whether the Flames made the right call targeting Elliott as a solution to their goaltending issues. If you're in that camp, I'm here to ease your fears a little, because I think Elliott is going to be just fine.

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The perfect compromise

Pat Steinberg
October 11 2016 09:00AM

In a negotiation that took longer than anyone thought it ever would, Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames agreed to a pretty sensible six-year contract extension on Monday afternoon. Sure, the six-year, $40.5 million deal could have been better for both sides. Taking everything into account, though, what was agreed upon Monday ends up being the perfect compromise.

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Johnny Gaudreau: Pay the man

Pat Steinberg
September 30 2016 10:00AM


It's the final day of September and Johnny Gaudreau still doesn't have a contract. I don't think anyone thought this negotiation would drag on as long as it has and it's turned into the biggest story of training camp. It's time to get this deal done in some form or another; the longer this lasts, the more negative it gets for both sides. Two things worry me most if this drags on much longer.

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Could Kris Russell work in Calgary?

Pat Steinberg
September 28 2016 10:00AM

It's one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL: Kris Russell would like to return to the Calgary Flames and the team has interest in bringing him back. 

While I can confirm the prior statement is true, it's a lot more difficult to determine the extent of interest from either side. One of the most polarizing players around these parts in recent years, Russell could be a nice addition to the Flames but only under the right circumstances. So just how would a potential Russell return work for Calgary?

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