Why the Troy Brouwer signing looks bad for the Flames

Ari Yanover
July 01 2016 02:00PM

Despite being up tight against the cap, the Flames made a relatively big splash in the free agent market. They didn't sign one of the most expensive contracts of the day - with some of the dollars and term being tossed around, far from it - but signing Troy Brouwer to a four-year, $18 million deal is definitely notable.

Brouwer is big. He's a right winger. He has veteran experience. These all fit Calgary's needs.

That's about where it ends, though.

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Flames sign G Chad Johnson (1 year, $1.7m AAV)

Ryan Pike
July 01 2016 10:45AM

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The Calgary Flames continue to revamp their goaltending. Per multiple Twitter reports, the club has signed veteran back-up Chad Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.

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Calgary Flames sign UFA Troy Brouwer: 4 years, $4.5 AAV

Ari Yanover
July 01 2016 10:38AM

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The Flames have jumped into the free agent frenzy, signing Troy Brouwer to a four-year deal worth $18 million.

Brouwer will be 31 years old to start next season, so he'll be 35 by the time his deal ends. He's a 6'3, 213 lb. right winger, filling the Flames' need for both size and, well, right wingers. He's been healthy throughout his career, having played full 82 game seasons five of the last six seasons; his career low is 69. Last season, he scored 18 goals and 39 points.

But that $4.5 million cap hit... how does that fit in?

As of now, Brouwer is the Flames' highest-paid forward.

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FGD: Free Agent Frenzy (10 AM MT)

Ari Yanover
July 01 2016 10:00AM

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July 1 is a fun time to be a hockey fan. For one thing, a lot of hockey fans are Canadians. Happy Canada Day, Flames Nation! Here's to pancakes and beer and moose and whatever else that's quintessentially Canada you want to celebrate. (Also, Calgary Stampeders home opener tonight!)

But one of the best parts about it? It's the official start of the new season in the NHL. The 2015-16 season is dead, and the 2016-17 has come to take its place. Up first: starting right now, as of 10 a.m. MT, all unrestricted free agents are available to be signed by anyone.

Steven Stamkos contributed to the insanity that was June 29 by deciding to stay put, so Stammergeddon went out with a whimper. And the Flames don't have a ton of cap space with which to work - not once they re-sign Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, which will be any day now, maybe - so we likely won't get to partake in too much emotional investment while big names choose their new destinations.

But it's still a fun day to sit down, relax, and watch some TSN or some baseball. Let's hang out here while we do so.

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Flames expected to be a front-runner for UFA Troy Brouwer

Ryan Pike
July 01 2016 09:37AM

The Calgary Flames are an up-and-coming team with a young locker room. They have very few established National Hockey League players that can play the right side, aside from maybe Michael Frolik.

So it makes a lot of sense that the Flames have been connected to veteran right-winger Troy Brouwer over the last while.

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