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Flames re-sign Curtis Lazar to a two-year deal

The Flames have been blazing through their offseason laundry list. Yesterday, they re-signed Micheal Ferland to a two-year, $3.5M contract, avoiding arbitration. Today, they have re-signed Curtis Lazar to a two-year deal with an annual average value of $950,000.

Lazar, who was an RFA, came to the Flames at trade deadline in a deal that saw a second round pick and Jyrki Jokipakka go to Ottawa. He only played in four regular season games for the Flames, but picked up three points along the way.

Lazar rejected his qualifying offer, which would’ve been $874K on a two way deal. He receives a minor bump in terms of salary by about $118K more per year.

After this deal, the Flames have just over $7.16M in room for Sam Bennett, Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon, Garnet Hathaway, David Rittich, and Jon Gillies. Only one of those guys should make seven figures next year, so the team has plenty of flexibility, perhaps leaving the possibility that they add another piece.

  • Just.Visiting

    Happy to see him signed, and he seems like a great fit. At this point, I don’t think that he’s actually proven much yet, even relative to a Janko, who did have a very good AHL debut. Lazar should get the ice time his play deserves that should increase based on performance. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I see him starting on the fourth line, perhaps in the C spot, with Stajan moving to the wing.

  • L.Kolkind

    I like the deal, yes I do think a 2nd was an overpayment. The 2nd is now a sunk cost and this is a reasonable contract. The raise given shows faith and won’t make a big difference in cap space. Let’s hope he proves Treliving right!

  • Albertabeef

    What a waste of a second round pick. The guy doesn’t project offensively higher than a third line forward. Problem is he doesn’t play like a third or fourth line guy. Bad move all around. I can hardly wait for the baby boston pizza manager to leave my flames. Burke is a cancer to the team. My opinion on this will never change.

    • TheoForever

      Hmm, he looks to me like a guy well suited for 3rd line and not higher, a lot of people projected him to be a 3rd line center. A lot of people where high on him for 200ft game when he was drafter. He isn’t going to be a center in Calgary but one day could become a 3rd line winger. I would have given 3rd rounder in a heartbeat, 2nd who knows. I like his 4 games with Calgary and the Mono year should be forgiven.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Lazar gets 2 years at $950 K per season, yet Chris Tierney gets just a one-year deal worth $735 K. In what universe is Lazar worth $215,000 more than Tierney?

    • TheoForever

      And this is a problem for you? There are 100’s of contracts in the league that make less sense than what Lazar got. 2 years vs 1 year contract, perhaps Flames think that in year two he will live up to it? Anyway, Flames management likes the kid and he is probably getting extra for good attitude. Perhaps, Flames want to make him happy and excited about the next season. Better agent, higher draft position….. Does it matter?

  • freethe flames

    For me I don’t know what to expect from him; training camp will tell. I’m prepared to let it play out; if he turns out to be what management expects then it’s a win; if he struggles it’s not going to sink this team.