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Friedman: Johnny Gaudreau contract negotiations “quieter” than some other prominent pending UFAs

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Ryan Pike
10 months ago
On Saturday night’s edition of Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman had a quick update on contract negotiations between the Calgary Flames and pending unrestricted free agent Johnny Gaudreau. Compared to negotiations involving other pending UFAs, things are “quieter” according to Friedman.
Here’s the full segment, framing up the upcoming trade deadline on Mar. 21 in regards to what pending UFAs could be available:
Who’s going to be available and who isn’t? Basically, what we’re seeing now is some teams are really trying to see if they can get some things done with their respective UFAs to be.
First of all, San Jose. They’re making a real run at Tomas Hertl. I don’t want to handicap it yes or no, but they are certainly trying.
Anaheim with Hampus Lindholm. The word on the Ducks is they have been very wary of term. Lindholm is a top defenseman, you see what defenseman have been getting, a lot of term. The Ducks have been careful with it, and we’ll see where it goes.
Quieter around the likes of Filip Forsberg and Johnny Gaudreau. But Jeff, the name that’s probably getting most of the traction is Claude Giroux.
Friedman’s report aligns with what Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported late last month, saying there was “nothing new” to report regarding negotiations between Gaudreau and the Flames.
Gaudreau is the Flames leading scorer and in the final year of a six year contract he signed in October 2016 with a $6.75 million AAV. He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

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