July 09 2016 11:00AM
The Flames and Matthew Tkachuk agreed on an entry-level contract earlier this week, making the 18-year-old St. Louis product part of the organization for several years.
But because of his age, when he was born and some quirks in the CBA, Tkachuk's deal gives the Flames a huge amount of flexibility – in regards to the tiny possibility that he's not a National Hockey League player for the balance of the 2016-17 season.
July 09 2016 08:00AM
Sean Monahan is a 21-year-old centre who has played three seasons in the NHL. Over that time, he's scored 159 points through 237 games. He also just so happens to need a new contract - and, considering what he's accomplished so far, it's probably going to be a big one.
How big? Well, why don't we ask Mark Scheifele (23-year-old centre, three NHL seasons played, 145 points in 227 games) and Nathan MacKinnon (20-year-old centre, three NHL seasons played, 153 points in 218 games played), because they both just got new deals of their own: eight years, $6.125 million AAV and seven years, $6.3 million AAV, respectively.
So probably max (or close to) term and at least $6 million for Monahan. Got it.
July 08 2016 11:00AM
It's been a turbulent couple of weeks for Ryan Huska I would imagine. Most of last year's Stockton Heat, though mediocre, was completely dismantled and will have a lot of new faces next season. Certainly, turnover at the AHL level is hardly news but what was surprising was that some of last year's most consistent performers were allowed to walk, leaving some pretty significant questions heading into next year.
Let's try and imagine what the Heat will look like after the jump!
July 08 2016 08:00AM
That it is but a snapshot of what we hope is to come. You can't make serious impressions or judgements based off of what is essentially a particularly hardcore game of shinny - but you can have a lot of fun with it.
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July 08 2016 05:00AM
Leafs changing course with signings, where do the Canucks go from here, Ken Holland's unfinished business in Detroit, Brouwer expensive for the Flames, all Lucic in Edmonton, the AHL cracks down on fighting, why free agents continue to get overpaid and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.