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3 offer sheet candidates for the Calgary Flames in 2024’s free agent season

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Robert Munnich
22 days ago
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It’s Canada Day and that means the free agent window has opened for teams around the NHL. It also means that offer sheets can now be issued to restricted free agents.
The Calgary Flames are limited in their ability to use offer sheets because there are conditions on their 2025 first and third round picks – both are entangled in the many conditions tied to the Montreal trade for Sean Monahan. However, they do have their second round pick.
Here is what the offer sheet compensation looks like for the Calgary Flames 2024 off-season.
$1 – $1,511,701 – No compensation
$2,290,458 – $4,580,917 – 1 second round pick.
Why would the Flames want to use an offer sheet? It’s an inexpensive way to acquire young players on capped out teams. The Flames will have to target restricted free agents on teams who are close to the salary cap ceiling. The idea is that you offer a contract to an RFA on a team who would not be able to match it because of their salary cap situation. If a team has lots of cap space, they can easily match the offer sheet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the player has to agree to sign the offer sheet, which is not easy to get them to do especially when they’re on a good team. But money and opportunity talks. And the Flames can play both of those cards.
With all that out of the way, let’s look at three offer sheet targets for the Calgary Flames.

Anton Lundell – C – 22 years old – 6’1″, 190 pounds – Florida Panthers 

The Florida Panthers are going to run out of cap space if they end up signing Sam Reinhart. With Reinhart making $9 million on a long-term deal, the Panthers will only have $10 million of cap space to fill out their roster with another four forwards and three defencemen. They won’t be able to match an offer sheet for Lundell that’s more than $4 million.
Calgary is in desperate need of help down the middle long term. Lundell has the potential to be a second- or third-line center in the NHL for a long time. It’s a perfect match.
The Flames could sign him to a one-year deal with the promise of a longer term, higher AAV deal on his next contract. Just like the Hurricanes did with Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Offer sheet: 1 year, $4,580,916. Flames give up a 2nd round pick.

Philip Broberg – LHD – 23 years old – 6’4″, 212 pounds – Edmonton Oilers

Credit goes out to Matchsticks & Gasoline on X for this idea.
The Battle of Alberta needs something to ignite the fire between these two franchises again. How about an offer sheet for Philip Broberg?
Broberg is coming off an impressive playoff performance after replacing Vincent Desharnais in the Oilers lineup. He is a 6’4″, left shot, smooth skating defenceman who projects to play in the top four on an NHL blueline. There is a lot of upside with Broberg who hasn’t been given a true opportunity to succeed with the Oilers until late in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
There were rumours that Broberg asked for a trade last season. Because of that he might be open to a change of scenery and an opportunity to play top four minutes on a team like the Flames whose best left shot defenceman as of June 30 in Kevin Bahl.  There is no way the Oilers could match a $4.5 million offer by the Flames.
Offer sheet: 1 or 2 years, $4,580,916. Calgary gives up a 2nd round pick.

Pavel Dorofeyev – LW – 23 years old – 6’1″, 194 pounds – Vegas Golden Knights 

Pavel Dorofeyev is a skilled 23-year-old, left shot winger who is looking for a new contract this summer. Dorofeyev played in 47 games with the Golden Knights last season scoring 13 goals and 11 assists. In 2022-23, he only played in 18 games but scored seven goals. He put up those numbers playing in a very limited role on an excellent Golden Knights team. He is the type of player who could break out if he gets an opportunity to play on the top two lines and on the power play.
The Golden Knights are capped out, especially if they re-sign Jonathan Marchessault. They would have a difficult time matching a $1.5M offer sheet for Dorofeyev.
I don’t think you’d want to give up your second-round pick for him if you’re the Flames. A $1.5 million offer should be the most they’re willing to go.
The Flames have a few Russian players and they’ve shown that they are willing to give guys an opportunity. That could entice a guy like Dorofeyev to come to Calgary.
Offer sheet: 1 year, $1,511,700
Honorable mentions: Braden Schneider, Connor McMichael, Dylan Holloway, Jonatan Berggren, Nick Robertson.

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