Flames Sign Gaudreau & Arnold

And it’s official.

The Calgary Flames have formally announced the signing of NCAA standouts Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold to entry-level contracts. Both are expected to meet the team in Vancouver and may be in the line-up for Sunday’s finale against the Vancouver Canucks.

Per the team, terms are three years for Gaudreau with a cap hit of $1.85 million, and two years for Arnold with a cap hit of $900,000. The first year will burn off both contracts (and neither can go to Abbotsford).

Arnold, 21, was Calgary’s fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Draft. He’s had a pretty strong NCAA career; he made the All-Rookie Team, made the American World Junior team, won an NCAA Championship, and emerged as one of the best three-zone players in the entire NCAA. He put up 144 points in 159 games with Boston College. He’ll wear #46.

Gaudreau, 20, was the Flames fourth rounder in 2011, and has been probably the best collegiate prospect of any team over the past couple of years. He’s won an NCAA Title, a gold medal at the World Juniors, two Hockey East MVPs and just locked down a Hobey Baker. He put up 175 points in 119 games with Boston College. He’ll wear #53.

And now, everybody exhale. They both signed. Everything’s gonna be just fine.

  • BurningSensation

    I think every nervous nelly who polluted our threads with their incessant whining about Feaster/Burke/ownership are; not doing enough/should be flying his parents somewhere/screwing up getting JG/running the franchise into the ground, turn up to apologize to everyone for the giant waste of time they perpetuated.

    I mean seriously. We had people here parsing parental interviews like CIA Kremlinologists looking for hints that a Soviet tank commander might be ready to defect, and then turning their fantastic powers of observation on to how Boston will be where JG ends up and how we’ll get nothing for him.

    I realize there is a marked lack of drama in their lives, but the levels they were willing to go to invent it was simply jawdropping.

    • BurningSensation

      I get what you’re saying. However I also think that these sorts of conversations are the nature of a blog spot. Truthfully I just tuned out and skipped past the natter.(chose not to comment or engage) HOw people decide to spend their time and energy doesn’t bother me all that much.

      Having said that WOW! I feel optimistic about our future. Do we think that an Arnold / Backland comparison is reasonable?

      And as I also like to point out… Jay Feaster made some good moves.

      • BurningSensation

        “And as I also like to point out… Jay Feaster made some good moves”

        Feaster made some AWESOME moves, especially in retrospect:

        – Getting Cammalleri and Ramo out of Montreal (this deal is all but a total rout, except that the 2nd rounder ended up being Zach Fucale)

        – Fleecing Sather in the Erixon deal

        – Drafting JG. In the 4th.

        Etc. Feaster really doesn’t get enough love.

        • Craig

          One wonders about the fairness in firing Feaster. Clearly he made some poor trades but name a GM out there who hasn’t. His drafting record (with Weisbrod) looks better with every signing. Taking the high road, if he is not cut out for a GM position, maybe Feaster needs to run a scouting program for an NHL team.

          • loudogYYC

            Dude, Feaster and Weisbrod were brutal at drafting. Feaster’s greatest strength was letting people do their job and whenever he didn’t do that, he’d make a mistake. Just look at Jankowski, the almost signing of Brad Richards and ROR.

            I give Feaster credit for the moves he made to strengthen our farm team and for mostly giving the drafting reins to Button during his time here. I wouldn’t go as far as saying he should run a scouting program though.

            He deserved to be removed from the GM position.

          • RedMan

            You can’t say Brad Richards would’ve done the same here as he did and is doing now in new York different situation different systems different coach different media

          • SmellOfVictory

            You can’t say Feaster was brutal at drafting when he didn’t make a draft pick in his tenure. Jankowski was a Weisbrod pick, not a “Weisbrod and Feaster” pick.

          • loudogYYC

            The GM let the AGM take a huge risk by trading down to 21, missing out on Girgensons, Ceci, Hertl, Teravainen or Maatta and then goes as far as saying they think Jankowski will be the best player out of the 2011 draft. Let’s not kid ourselves, it was Feaster’s pick too. He didn’t let his director of scouting do his job.

            I’m not trying to crap all over Feaster, I actually liked a lot of his ideas and some of the things he did. In the end though, the position was probably too big for him and Weisbrod.

          • Craig

            Feaster was simply a victim of circumstance! New leader comes in and will bring in his own people! Despite Feaster’s great accomplishments he is toast. Not fair but welcome to the politics of the NHL.

          • Craig

            I get that and many ways I agree with it. If I’m the President, I’m picking my own guy as well. But in this case, Burke doesn’t appear to be bringing in his own guy (we’ll need to see who he hires). If he’s bringing in “his guy” he’s got him hired before the firing and replaces Feaster within a month. If you believe Burke and media reports, he has offered the job to Nieuwy and is looking forward to interviewing several GM’s or Ass’t GM’s at the end of the year. This doesn’t sound like he’s got someone targeted and really doesn’t justify the timing of Feaster’s demise. Unfortunately, this smacks of Burke’s arrogance and was more about power than a hockey decision.

          • SmellOfVictory

            Agree with much of what you say! Bringing your own guy may also involve an extensive evaluation of managerial talent which may involve personnel on teams that will not allow discussions prior to the draft.

            I’m OK with Burke’s arrogance and power hunger as long as he satisfy’s my personal thirst for a short rebuild and a winning hockey team that will not only make the playoffs but go deep…soon! I’m guessing 2 -3 years!

    • BurningSensation

      Some of the nervousness was warranted. The parental comments were concerning. Had JG decided to play another year, it’d be a massive risk not moving him. Hindsight is 20/20. Fans were just expressing their anxieties. No big deal.

      • BurningSensation

        We moved past it being ‘a little nervousness’ a long, long time ago.

        Take a look at the comment threads the last week, that’s not ‘nervousness’, thats ‘full blown panic, with large sides of anxiety, and prophecy of doom’.

        The parental comments were utterly unconcerning, and should have been treated as the third hand comments from a media outlet motivated by page hits that they were.

        As for my hindsight being 20/20, my foresight was even better. I called this months ago, and reiterated all last week that the unending flop sweat over JG was pointless.

        • BurningSensation

          When a team with empty cupboards (at the time) loses a first rounder highly regarded defenseman in Tim Erixon, Flames fans have every right to be nervous. No “prophecy’s of doom” as you say just ordinary hockey fans expressing opinions on a hockey blog intended to express opinions!

          Glad you pointed out you made the right call! Very astute on your part. Please explain how you made your call on a very complex situation that had all the other Flame fans perplexed?? How did you develop such exceptional hindsight?

          • BurningSensation

            A. Flames fans were right to be ‘nervous’ after Erixon’s stunt, but these threads were chock a block of sheep stampeding over a cliff. Factor in that Feaster absolutely killed the Erixon deal, and it was clearly unwarranted.

            B. There were definitely ‘prophecies of Doom’ in abundance round here. Go back and read the threads, the end of the world was definitely nigh.

            C. Of course you can express your opinions round here. Just don’t whine when the rest of us point out that your opinions are wrong.

            D. The way I made my call was simple. The number of entry level players who spurn their drafting team is vanishingly small, on the order of one every two years for the whole league. So out of the hundreds of players who are picked each year at the draft chances are half of one will try to game the system. Given Calgary had already had one of these rare events occur to them, the chances that another player would pull the same stunt successfully was infinitesimal. But of course, some Flames fans prefer to treat the rare event (Erixon being a douche) not as a statistical event, but as a narrative one.

            To put it another way, the chances that JG walked on the Flames were about the same as Edmonton landing another Justin Schultz FA signing.

            E. Not all us fans were ‘perplexed’ by the ‘complex situation’. Some of us saw it for what it was. The routine signing of a draft pick who went to college.

            F. It was not exceptional ‘hindsight’, it was intelligent foresight. Feel free to review my comments on the matter in previous threads. I said the idea that JG would jump was bunk, and I said it early and often.

        • Brent G.

          I couldn’t agree more. People have been whining about the idea of him moving on 2 years ago. It was getting old last season and this year it was just like a bunch of prepubescent girls worrying if they will get asked to prom.

          I look forward to what the next overblown reaction will be. It surely will reflect nothing but ignorance and irrationality.

  • Burnward

    So what do we think for line combos?

    I’m thinking:

    Byron – Cammy – Galliardi
    GlenX – Mono – Colborne
    Gaudreau – Arnold – Hudler
    Van Brabant – Bouma – McG

    • Tommynotsohuge

      I believe you need to factor Stajin in here somewhere and possibly Agustino(his friendship with Johnny might be interesting) While is great for the one game hype I am more excited about the future.

      As it stands we have the following veteran NHL forwards signed Hudler, Glenx, Stajan, Backs,Djones and McG. We have the following emerging NHL forwards; Monahan, Colborn, Bouma and Byron. We have the following key prospects: Johnny, Sven, Granlund, Poirier, Klimchuk, Ferland, Rhino, Knight, Arnold, Agostino; plus the others. This should be exciting; we should be able to roll 4 solid lines. We still need to add some more bigger skilled forwards but we have a good starting point; let the battles begin.

  • Mort

    Exciting news!

    You know, perhaps due to all the praise Johnny Hockey gets, it seems like Bill Arnold is always in his shadow a bit. I think if they weren’t both Flames prospects and players on the same college team, there would be a lot more praise for Arnold than there already is. I would not be at all surprised if he turns into a very solid and reliable NHL’er.

    No doubt Gaudreau is great though, and he deserves a lot of credit. Just wanted to say I’m very excited for both players. 🙂

    • Mort

      I have been following Arnold’s college somewhat. This kid has a great attitude, size, speed and reasonably soft hands. Very strong off the face off circle and exceptional on the PK. A solid third line centre, power forward with some scoring touch!

      What’s very important is his friendship with Johnny Hockey! With Augostino these 3 guys are the springboard to our rebuild IMO!

  • Victoria Flames Fan

    I was always in the camp of strategical/realistic/cynical/mean tanking camp. But for Sunday, forget about Ekblad/Bennet/Draisatl/Dal Colle; it’s all about Johnny Hockey. And for the next year forget about McDavid/Eichel/Barzal; let’s be trustworthy with Gaudreau, Backlund, Monahan, Brodie, Baertschi, Granlund, Wotherspoon, Knight, Colborne. Very excited about young guns.

  • Burnward

    Boy I’m sure glad we spent all that time huffing and puffing on whether he would sign over the last few days. Now the big test comes, will he be as good at te next level as we all hope he is.

  • Burnward

    Getting my tickets! Gotta see Johnny’s first game!

    Shouldn’t be hard as Rogers Arena looks like sunbelt expansion team’s arena.

    Great day to be a flames fan!