The ongoing Johnny Gaudreau saga got a little bit more interesting this week. According to multiple reports, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving met Gaudreau’s camp in New York earlier this week.
TSN senior writer Frank Seravalli first reported the trip via a tweet mid-week:
Hearing #Flames GM Brad Treliving has traveled to NYC area to get down to business w/ Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross. Negotiations underway.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 5, 2016
His report was corroborated in this week’s edition of Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts:
3. Calgary GM Brad Treliving met with Johnny Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, in New York on Tuesday, then the family joined both men Wednesday in Philadelphia. It sounds like there’s been movement but sometimes the problem is that both sides see themselves as having moved enough and everyone digs in again. I think they are grinding, trying to close. The key is how many UFA years are going to be included. Gaudreau is five years away.
For reference: a six-year deal for Gaudreau would buy one UFA year, and the longest deal the two sides can sign, eight years, would buy three UFA years. We did a piece back in August looking at how adding UFA years to a player’s first deal after their entry-level years are over impacts cap hits. (The short answer is “it has a small impact, but point production is by far the primary driver of cap hits.”)
The “good” news, if there is any here, appears to be that there has been some movement on the Gaudreau front. The 2016-17 season begins on Wednesday and rosters have to be into the league office at 3 p.m. MT on Tuesday.