Flames haven’t talked contract with David Jones yet

The Calgary Flames have plenty of business to take care of this summer, with 21 players becoming restricted or unrestricted free agents on July 1. There has been plenty of chatter about contract extensions for the team’s youthful dynamic duo of 21-year-old Sean Monahan and 22-year-old Johnny Gaudreau, and lots of debate about whether the team should attempt to retain defender Kris Russell and winger Jiri Hudler.

Veteran right-wing David Jones may be on the back-burner a bit right now – both in the eyes of fans and management – as a few dominoes need to fall before he becomes a priority. When I spoke with him prior to Saturday’s game against Edmonton, he noted that he has yet to have any contract talks with the Flames.

“Anytime you’re a UFA and your contract is expiring, you look at the possibility of being traded or sort of what’s next. As far as this team, I haven’t had any discussions with them. It’s a matter of just going out and trying to win. Playoffs last year helps everyone and if we can get back there, I think it’ll be good for everyone,” said Jones.

This is the second time the 31-year-old Jones has faced potential unrestricted free agency. The last time his contract was up, following the 2011-12 season, he was re-signed by Colorado before he ever hit the open market. For what it’s worth, he seems to be taking the experience in stride and doesn’t seem fazed at all about the uncertainty around his future with the club.

“Whatever team you’re looking at, you’ve got to earn your spot,” said Jones. “I don’t do it any differently. I prepare for the games the same way and I think I bring a lot of value. I just concentrate, play hard, and all that stuff kind of takes care of itself. I think a lot of teams know what I bring, I think this team knows what I bring so we’ll just see where everything settles after the season.”

In 150 games with the Flames since 2013-14, Jones has 30 goals and 59 points.

  • RKD

    The only way to bring Jones back would be a hometown discount, paying a guy $4 million for 14-15 goals a season is way too much. He should be making half or less. He will be turning 32 in August and heading into the downside of his career. so maybe Treliving could be looking to trade him. If he is gone it will create competition for a spot and maybe we get a look at another up and coming guy.

  • flames2015

    The only way he’ll sign for much less is that he doesn’t want to test free agency and end up like Glencross, given his age and production numbers. I don’t know what the interest would be for him with other teams but he certainly isn’t going to settle for a “hometown discount”, I don’t see him having any attachments to the city since he’s from
    Ontario. If the team wanted to resign Russell, I’m not agreeing that they should but he would probably consider a lower pay given that his family and his finance are from Caroline Alberta.

    • T&A4Flames

      Jones was an exchange of bad contracts with the Avs (Tanguay and his broken body) for Jones. The Wideman contract is ridiculously high but that’s what it took to sign him as a UFA….

  • MontanaMan

    I was liking Jones game with Gaudreau and Monahan but since he’s left that line, he’s playing like he wants a trade. Consider him a spare part and move his carcass along with Hudler, Wideman, Backlund and anybody else with a pulse less than 50.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      The trouble with movig both Hudler and Jones at the TDL is that RW is a current weakness for the Flames. it would be nice to work in one rookie into the 3rd or 4th line, but I’m not sure two new forward rookies is good for both the team or players.

      • cberg

        That may be the case, but actually we also need LW and others. Keeping someone here who isn’t the answer isn’t moving the team along. Better to get something for them in trade and at the same time find out once and for all if the prospects have what it takes. If not, we’ll definitely need to start looking elsewhere…

        • MontanaMan

          Wise words.
          We are in rebuild. Stop gaps like Jones aren’t the future. The problem is every team has 32 yr old bottom 6 pluggers so get what you can for Jones? Jones is also smart enough to know the league has changed for people like him and GlenX.

      • MontanaMan

        Agree with you in principle, but for what we’re getting out of both, I’d rather see two bodies from the farm hungry for an NHL spot. What exactly would we be missing if both Hudler and Jones were moved?

        • RedMan

          I actually like Jone’s game when he plays with decent line-mates. he plays a heavy game, forechecks hard, has solid journeyman skills, and can make room for smaller players. he can move up and down the rotation and fill in on any of the top 3 lines.

    • flames2015

      Jones has always been a streaky player. He admits to this. Playing on the top line, his job is to provide offense. When he’s on the 3rd or 4th his job is to shut down others teams top line. If we can sign up for cheap, he’s a decent 3rd or 4th line player. Anything more than 2 million,I’d say let him walk.

  • Toofun

    Jones was good on the first line. He will probably make half his current salary next season but most nights I like his effort level and when he gets on a roll he does score. If Calgary doesn’t get a reasonable bid for him I would definitely re-sign him if the price was right.