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Report: Flames sign Derek Ryan ($3.125m, three years) and Austin Czarnik ($1.25m, two years)

As the calendar flips over into Canada Day, the free agency courting period turns into the free agency signing period players are beginning to make decisions. The Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with two forwards this evening. Per Sportsnet‘s Elliotte Friedman, the Flames have inked center Derek Ryan to a three-year contract and winger Austin Czarnik to a two-year contract.

Cap hits for the two deals aren’t currently available, which makes it a bit of a challenge to judge the moves as of yet.

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In terms of fit, though, it’s hard to argue against either move.

Ryan, 31, broke into the NHL in Carolina under Bill Peters and it’s hard to argue against the fit. He’s a right shot center, something the Flames do not have, and effectively replaces Nick Shore (who replaced Matt Stajan briefly) as the fourth line pivot. A three-year deal brings him until he’s 34. Bob Stauffer tweeted that the cap hit is north of $3 million, but TSN’s Frank Seravalli noted that Ryan left money on the table – it’s a very thin free agent class at center.

Czarnik, 25, is a right-shot winger who broke into the NHL with the Boston Bruins but hasn’t really cemented himself as a regular yet. He had 17 points in 59 NHL games, but at the very least has established himself as a very good AHLer with 155 points over 157 AHL games. We don’t even have idle media speculation about cap hits for him yet.

Update: Cap hits!

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The Flames needed right-shot forward options. Lads and ladies, Brad Treliving has seemingly found right-shot forward options.


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  • MontanaMan

    Happy Canada Day to my friends in the great white north! The Flames clearly needed a shake up and Tre has informally said he questioned the character on the team, so the changes were necessary. I’m looking forward to seeing a quicker, higher skilled, albeit smaller team.

  • T&A4Flames

    These are 2 decent moves. Low cost,low term on players that will push the young guys.
    There was no magical signing of James Neil at 3 years $5 mil per that was going to happen.

  • L.Kolkind

    I prefered Shore over Ryan and believe 3 years is 1 year too many, but not nearly as bad as other years and Ryan does seem like a right shot Stajan so not muvh to really complain about. The Czarnik signing seems to be a great bet and a good signing.

    As far as Shore is concerned I think Calgary should still sign him. Canucks army did a great article showing how he could be a hidden gem. https://canucksarmy.com/2018/06/27/analyzing-four-centres-the-canucks-could-target/

    • L.Kolkind

      I’m not sure the rules of posting inks but it is a nation network site so I think it should be good.

      Also the more I read about Czarnik the more I like the signing, could turn out to be among the best value contracts of free agency this year. I guess he is essentially a replacement for Shore so no longer need to resign hm, I think Treliving might be done as the team is looking quite full, also we the influx of right shots I have a feeling Lazar might end up down in Stockton if he makes it through waivers. Going to the AHL could be just what Lazar always needed instead of being put in the NHL before he was ready.

      Looks like Brouwer won’t be bought out, but that’s not the worst decision Calgary has no cap problem this year and can afford to have his cap hit this year. I would waive him as this team is simply better without him.

  • MDG1600

    My concern now is how small our bottom six just got. I guess Brouwer and Hathaway have pretty well defined roles. If they want to play they need to provide some grit and physical presence.

  • Jeremy

    Could this be the team?

    Johnny , Money, Lindholm
    Bing, Backs, Frolik
    Benny, Ryan, Brouwer
    Mangy, Jankow, Czarnik
    Lazar, Hathaway

    Gio, Brodie
    Hanafin, Hamonic
    Kulak, Anderson

    Trade Stone to Ottawa for Anderson

    • L.Kolkind

      slight changes, keeping top two lines the same

      Bennett – Jankowski – Czarnik
      Mangiapane – Ryan – Foo
      Brouwer, Hathway

      Defence keep the same, but swap Prout for T-spoon. Prout we need in the especially with Andersson graduating the RD options in Stockton would be real thin.

  • redwhiteblack

    Still need a top line RW. Goal is still huge ? mark also. Ryan does not help with youth movement. Like him but 3 yrs to Brouwer like. FA Day often bad in long run to all orgs.