Calgary's best value contracts: 2017

Pat Steinberg
February 27 2017 10:00AM

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Just over a year ago, I put together my list of the best value contracts for the Calgary Flames. Knowing we're right up on the trade deadline, and knowing how tight Calgary's cap situation is going to be going forward, I thought I'd revisit the conversation and assess what we've seen during the 2016-17 season. Who's giving the Flames the most bang for their buck this year?

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An early look at a Mikael Backlund extension

Pat Steinberg
February 25 2017 10:00AM

Through three quarters of the season, it's tough to argue against Mikael Backlund being Calgary's most valuable player. In the midst of a career season, Backlund will be eligible for a contract extension starting July 1 and there's plenty to suggest the Flames should lock him up as soon as they can. While it's still a little ways out, I think we can start to get a pretty good picture of what Backlund's next deal might look like.

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Calgary's likely expansion targets

Pat Steinberg
February 20 2017 10:00AM

The recent signing of Matt Bartkowski by the Calgary Flames has shone the light on June's expansion draft once again. As general manager Brad Treliving has confirmed, the team absolutely signed Bartkowksi with the expansion draft in mind as he meets the criteria of a blueliner they'd have to expose. So, it got me thinking: who would Vegas most likely target from the Flames roster come June? I came up with my top three.

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The 3 factors affecting a Kris Versteeg extension

Pat Steinberg
January 31 2017 10:30PM

I think most of us can agree the Calgary Flames would be well served to sign Kris Versteeg to a contract extension. With 21 points in 40 games, Versteeg has given the Flames great value on the one year, $950,000 contract he signed just before the start of the season. But while it seems simple enough to sign Versteeg to a new deal, there are a few important wrinkles to consider.

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Matthew Tkachuk's rookie impact

Pat Steinberg
January 27 2017 10:00AM

Earlier this month I made a case for Mikael Backlund to be in the Selke Trophy conversation with the year he's had so far. 

In recent weeks, there's been another Calgary Flames forward getting some buzz for an end of season award. What about Matthew Tkachuk for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year? While guessing how voters might think it is a fool's errand, I can tell you Tkachuk has impacted his team as much as any rookie has so far this season.

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