Steinberg on Weegar: “I think you can take it to the bank that he re-signs”
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By Mike Gould1 year ago
FlamesNation contributor, Sportsnet 960 The Fan radio host, and all-around great guy Pat Steinberg returned to the airwaves on Monday with an encouraging message about the future of newly-acquired Calgary Flames defenceman @MacKenzie Weegar.
In his first episode hosting “Flames Talk” since returning from vacationing in scenic France, Steinberg expressed confidence about Weegar re-signing with the Flames in conversation with co-host Logan Gordon.
Here’s the audio clip of Steinberg’s thoughts on Weegar’s contract situation:
And here’s the full transcript of Pat’s comments:
By the way, I think you can take it to the bank that they’re gonna re-sign Weegar, too. Like, I think that’s going to happen. I don’t know what the contract’s gonna look like or when it’s gonna get done. Everything I’m led to believe is, clearly the Flames want to re-sign him, and everything I’m led to believe from everybody I’ve talked to, Weegar’s got a big-time desire to sign here, too. I think you can take it to the bank that Weegar re-signs, too, and whether it’s before the season, whether it’s this month, whether it’s halfway through the season, whatever, I think Weegar’s a Flame for a long time. […]They already have one guy signed long-term, I think both guys are gonna sign long-term. It turns the deal from being a win with some questions to being a win, period. I think it’s gonna happen.
Weegar, 28, scored eight goals and 44 points while averaging 23:22 in 80 games with the Florida Panthers during the 2021–22 regular season.
The 6′, 200-pound right-handed defenceman is signed through the end of the 2022–23 campaign at a $3.25 million cap hit. He’ll be eligible to hit unrestricted free agency next July.
The Flames currently have five NHL defenders signed for the 2023–24 season, but they all make less than $5 million per season. @Noah Hanifin ($4.95 million) leads the way, followed by @Rasmus Andersson ($4.55 million), @Chris Tanev ($4.5 million), @Nikita Zadorov ($3.75 million), and @Oliver Kylington ($2.5 million).
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