When should we get nervous about Gaudreau's contract?

Ryan Pike
August 21 2016 10:00AM

It's been over six weeks since Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan officially became restricted free agents – and a year and six weeks since they were eligible to sign new deals – and the hockey world remains patently aware of the fact that only Monahan has signed a new contract with the Calgary Flames.

While various media outlets have been doing their best impression of Kevin Bacon in Animal House – "Remain calm! All is well!" – we here at FlamesNation have been doing our level best to avoid blowing the lack of contract out of proportion.

But Gaudreau is still without a new contract and the 2016-17 National Hockey League season is quietly creeping towards us. When should we start to get concerned about the lack of a deal for Gaudreau?

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How much cap space do the Flames have left?

Ryan Pike
August 20 2016 08:00AM

Sean Monahan has signed a lengthy new contract that will keep him wearing red through 2023. Now that the ink is drying on his deal, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving can (hopefully) finish up work on Johnny Gaudreau's new deal... while keeping an eye on everyone's favourite thing, the salary cap.

Don't look now, gang, but the Flames will have almost no wiggle room this season regardless of how rich Gaudreau's deal ends up being.

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This is the beginning of Sean Monahan's legacy

Ari Yanover
August 19 2016 03:00PM

At long last, Sean Monahan has signed his second NHL contract. It's a big one, too; with $44.625 million coming his way over the next seven years, he's one of the highest paid players on the Calgary Flames.

He's not the highest paid player per year - that honour goes to Mark Giordano and his $6.75 million cap hit, for now (clock's ticking, Johnny) - but for now, he's usurped the title of highest paid forward from Troy Brouwer.

Monahan will take up $6.375 million on the cap for the next seven seasons. He just edges out fellow 2013 draft pick Nathan MacKinnon, who he's incredibly comparable to. That sets a tone. Gone is the entry-level contract; now it's time to get serious.

Not that he's had too many problems with that in his first three years.

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Flames sign Sean Monahan to seven-year deal ($6.375m AAV)

Ryan Pike
August 19 2016 12:25PM

The Calgary Flames got one gigantic piece of unfinished business officially out of the way on Friday, signing alternate captain and 2013 first round selection Sean Monahan to a seven-year deal. While terms weren't officially announced by the club, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman had the cap hit scoop.

That cap hit would put the overall value of the deal at roughly $44.625 million. The contract covers three years of potential unrestricted free agency for Monahan.

The contract expires in 2013, at which point Monahan will have been in the NHL for a full decade.

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Sean Monahan could be signed imminently (Update: deal done)

Ryan Pike
August 19 2016 09:15AM

Great news everybody!

Two fairly prominent media sources are reporting that the Calgary Flames and Sean Monahan are reportedly very close to a deal. (Or so they report.)

Update: The Flames have announced that Monahan has re-signed.

We'll have more on this as information becomes available.

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