As originally reported by Sportsnet’s scoops guru Elliotte Friedman yesterday, the Calgary Flames have officially signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. The deal kicks off next season and runs through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The team didn’t release money terms, officially. But Friedman reported the average annual value of the deal to be about $4.65 million per year. Although Brodie still had another 8 months before becoming a restricted free agent, his new long-term contract has been a long time coming.
readers will know we’ve been an advocate of sewing up Brodie long-term
since the club signed his bridge deal about 16 months ago. At the
time, re-signing Brodie to anything over two years was generally
considered folly, but his incredibly strong underlying numbers suggested
it was a good bet.
The intervening season (plus seven games)
seems to have erased all the decision makers doubts. Brodie rose to
prominence alongside Mark Giordano in the Flames first pairing last year
and effectively cemented himself as one of the best young defenders in
In discussing his potential new contract this past summer we hit on the $4.5M/year area as probable for Brodie given his nearest comparables,
so the number isn’t unexpected. Nevertheless, If Brodie simply runs in
place and stops developing today, the deal is a good one for the Flames.
If he gets any better at all, he’ll be one of the best value
contracts around (this despite the fact Calgary probably could have had
him for a million dollars cheaper per year had Jay Feaster taken the
plunge previously rather than opting for the bridge contract).
doubt, Brodie’s hot start to the season was part of the impetus
to getting the player under contract sooner rather than later. Beyond
further assuaging doubts about his ability, Treliving and company are no
doubt aware that Brodie’s price could have jumped significantly in the
off-season if he managed a 40-50 point season.
High-fives all around. Next up? Mikael Backlund! (Hopefully.)