After a stellar season with the Flames, Johnny Gaudreau looks to be over in Calgary. As an unrestricted free agent, the Flames must sign him before the free agent market begins or they will lose his services.
As Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff explains, the situation will increasingly come down to a lack of time. According to him, one scenario would be that the Flames get no news from Gaudreau and that the star player is silently negotiating elsewhere.
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Luckily for Calgary, the free agent market opens on July 13th, not July 1st this year. It gives them more time to negotiate, but the way things are going, that extra time doesn’t seem to be very effective.
The problem is that Johnny Gaudreau is Calgary’s priority because you need to know what he will earn to find out how much you can offer other players who are waiting for a contract. As Seravalli explains, Gaudreau could land an eight-year deal that would see him receive a total of between $76 million and $84 million.
With Gaudreau’s future decided, the team can focus on restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangiapane and Oliver Kylington, and restricted free agents Nikita Zadorov, Erik Gudbranson and Michael Stone. That’s a lot of people, and if the leaders of the Flames wait to the end, even if they get along with Gaudreau, they won’t have time to get along with these fat guys.
In the event of Johnny Gaudreau’s departure, the Flames still have a team that’s widely forged. They could try to use the space left vacant by Gaudreau to replace him with a certain Filip Forsberg who plays in the same position and should demand a similar salary in the market.
The bonus for Calgary would be that Filip Forsberg is a better scoring machine than Gaudreau. He scored two more in 13 fewer games. Not bad!
While Forsberg sounds tempting, the safest option for the Flames would be to bring their star player back into the lineup and avoid the risk of free agents. The race against the clock is over in Calgary and they must hurry. You have until July 12 at 11:59 p.m. to sign him.
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