Flames have not had contract talks with Jiri Hudler

The hockey world was abuzz today with Dion Phaneuf trade news, but a really interesting piece of information came from our friend Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia following the Calgary Flames morning skate.

Hudler is in the fourth and final year of a deal that carries a $4 million cap hit annually. He was eighth in the entire NHL in points last season – potentially a byproduct of a strong season alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau – but sits roughly 140th as of this writing.

Despite this drop-off, Hudler’s recent success makes him one of the most impressive commodities potentially hitting the free agent market on July 1. Basically all of Calgary’s scorers have taken a step back this season, aside from the magical Johnny Gaudreau, so it’s unlikely that depressed stats are throwing much cold water on Hudler’s asset value.

And considering the discussion of Hudler’s placement in the trade market in last week’s 30 Thoughts from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, this latest bit of news may be the closest thing we get to confirmation that the 32-year-old winger is fully on the trade market.

For those of you tracking the team’s pending free agents at home:

  • Hudler (UFA): no contract talks (per Gilbertson)
  • David Jones (UFA): no contract talks (per us)
  • Kris Russell (UFA): team wants to re-sign (per Friedman)
  • Sean Monahan & Johnny Gaudreau: preliminary talks (per Bob McKenzie)

There’s no indication as of yet regarding the existence or status of any talks with any of the team’s other pending UFAs (Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller, Jakub Nakladal) or RFAs (Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris, Markus Granlund) or their oodles of minor-league free agents.

Where could Hudler end up and what could he fetch the Flames on the trade market? And who gets moved after Hudler? Sound off in the comments!

  • cberg

    Wherever he goes I’d like to think he could get a 1st in return, and perhaps even more. I could see him with a team like Nashville, Detroit or perhaps even Chicago.

  • cberg

    Signing Russell while letting Hudler walk would sting a little.
    I think the smart way forward is to deal them both, to be honest.
    Maybe Hudler takes less during the summer to stay but the RW UFA market is pretty thin as well. He may do quite well in free agency.

    • SmellOfVictory

      I’d have no issue with him on the cheap, but I don’t think I’d want to see him signed for more than his current (4×4) deal in terms of length or cap hit.

  • everton fc

    No contract talks doesn’t mean they don’t want to re-sign him. It just means he’s not priority number one, and he should not be. Gaudreau and Monahan are priorities 1 and 1B. AFter that is a goalie.

    Only then can they evaluate their cap situation to bring back Hudler (or an alternative like Okposo).

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Let’s say over the next couple of weeks Hudler averages a point a game. Do the Flames hang on to him or move him at the deadline?

    Let’s say Hudler is willing to take a pay cut to extend with the Flames. Would you do $10M/3 years?

    Only way he stays in Calgary is if he gives the team a huge hometown discount.

  • piscera.infada

    Treliving: “Hey Jiri, once you find those shoes you lost last year at the awards show, we will sit down and discuss a new deal”

    Hurdler: “Sounds good BT!”

    *crickets*

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    Hudler is soft. Love his vision but we need players that are either: good at possession, good at driving play, good at shooting. Hudler is more or less strictly a play maker/ passer.

  • RKD

    “I like Calgary … So we’ll see how it works out.” Sounds similar to what Glencross said. I’m pretty sure Huds is as good as gone. If they have not even started talks, Treliving is probably looking to deal him and wait until the deadline to bid up the price for Huds.