Four Flames Re-Sign, Heat Add A Trio

The theme of Wednesday was signings, as the Calgary Flames (and Stockton Heat) announced seven signings at various levels of the organization to go along with the previously-announced signing of Oliver Kylington from earlier in the day.

The Flames announced that in addition to the previously reported signings of Bill Arnold and Bryce Van Brabant, they’ve also come to terms with Drew Shore and Kenny Agostino. All four men have accepted their qualifying offers and have been signed to one-year deals. Today was the deadline for players to accept (or reject) their qualifying offers.

The Heat announced that they have signed goalie Kent Simpson, defender Dustin Stevenson and forward Mitchell Heard to AHL contracts. They join Louick Marcotte as the first four players signed to Calgary’s newest AHL squad.

For the curious, all four guys would have gotten qualifying offers worth 105% of their Paragraph One (non-bonus) NHL salary from 2014-15, so we’re looking at deals somewhat like this (2014-15 salaries via NHL Numbers):

  • Bill Arnold: $919,000
  • Bryce Van Brabant: $971,000
  • Drew Shore: $945,000
  • Kenny Agostino: $830,000

Shore is waiver-eligible, meaning he’s most likely headed to a job in Calgary this fall after coming over in a mid-season trade from Florida. The other three still have waiver exemptions left. Expect to see a lot of Bill Arnold at training camp, perhaps trying to rekindle some old chemistry with former NCAA linemate Johnny Gaudreau, who has become a player of note in NHL circles. Right now, Van Brabant and Agostino are depth guys on the farm, though Agostino might have some upside based on his limited NHL engagement two seasons ago.

Of the farm additions, Simpson is arguably the biggest name. An Edmonton native, he’s probably going to be either the back-up in Stockton or the starter in Adirondack of the ECHL. He played a single period in the NHL back in 2013-14 for the Blackhawks, but otherwise has bounced around minor-pro with stops in Rockford, Toledo, Bridgeport, Colorado and Stockton. The Flames and the Stockton organization have some familiarity with him, but at 23 years old it seems like he’s destined to be a Danny Taylor-esque goalie; good enough to be a good AHL veteran, but probably not much more.

Stevenson comes over from Adirondack, where he came in as a try-out guy, worked hard in main camp and AHL camp and stayed all year. He’ll be a good veteran body in the room that knows the coaching staff and the system. Heard joins the Heat from the Colorado Avalanche organization, where he’d spent time with Lake Erie and Fort Wayne, mostly as a depth guy.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    With Shore’s signing and him probably being destined for the NHL, a trade is looming. Hudler, Frolik, and Jones are locks for RW, so one available spot. At Centre, Backlund, Monahan, Stajan are locks, one more spot. This means Shore, Byron, Jooris, Grandlund, Colburne, Bouma, are fighting for 2 jobs. Someone could shift to LW, sending Ferland to Stockton or pushing Bollig out the door (via trade, demotion to the AHL, or a trade).

    Great problem to have. Interesting times.

      • I’m not sure that’s correct.

        The Flames may well have Bennett over at LW with spot duty at C to ease him into the position when the opportunities allow. There will be injuries that will allow him to see more centre ice time if the Flames want to take him for a spin there. I’m not sure I see the need to rush him into the position given the strength up the middle, especially if the Flames want to give a right handed C like Jooris or Arnold some time too.

        To the point of the article, I like it that the Flames are dealing with Shore, Arnold and Agostino straight away. BvB I’m a little meh about.

  • Connor McDaigle

    Pretty much status quo here. Rather surprised that BVB is being kept around but he’s someone Stockton needs. Really excited about the rest of the bunch though. Hoping to see more out of Shore, he was limited to say the least but I think he has a bunch of skill for what I assume is fourth line duty. Arnold is going to be fun to watch in training camp, I don’t think he’ll push someone right away but with a strong start I think he’ll be one of the first call ups if stajan isn’t cutting it. I wouldn’t say Agostino is a depth guy, he led the team in points, and I think he’s very underrated and might surprise some people. Now let’s get Ferland signed!

    • everton fc

      I’m with you on Stevenson. I actually thought he might get a look with the big club like Ramage did. Alas…

      I think he’ll be a coach somewhere, someday, “down the road”. Good signing. Tough as nails. And he’s still young enough to have a future with the organization in some capacity.

  • Connor McDaigle

    This should be a good year on the farm. It’s a make or break year for many im the organization. Contactional control is running out on a large group in the system. More than what can be promoted to the bigs in the coming years. Funny, I can’t really remember this ever being an issue before. Nice place to be.