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CALGARY FLAMES WORKING ON CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH NEWEST DEFENDER

SEP 11, 2022  (23H12)      JON
Calgary has played its cards beautifully this summer, turning what should have been a disastrous offseason into a prosperous one. Upon losing two 100-point scorers, they went out and acquired another one in return, plus one of the NHL's top two-way defenders, and a first-round pick to boot. The ultimate determinant in whether or not their offseason was a success is if they can sign Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar.

GM Brad Treliving already signed Huberdeau to a huge contract that will see him paid north of ten million dollars for the next eight years. Next up, Weegar.

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Adding Weegar's two-way dominance to their blue-line makes Calgary's one of the NHL's best. The Flames were dominated against Edmonton's high-flying offense, so a new-and-improved defense was an area of focus, no doubt.


According to Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts, Treliving and Weegar's agent are working on a deal but confesses that the two sides remain tight-lipped.

"I think the two sides are taking a run at it. It's quiet right now, but I think they are taking a run at it," Friedman stated.

Weegar can and -- realistically -- will command a hefty pay-bump on his upcoming deal, which could spell trouble for Calgary. In 306 games for Florida, Weegar has tallied 121 points and a +77 rating, and over the last two seasons he has scored at a 49-point pace. He is a very solid defender, and he shoots righty, and for some reason high-end right-shot defenders are a premium commodity in the NHL.

The bearish case for Weegar is that he is a 28-year old, 7th round pick who takes a larger-than-normal amount of penalties and made a series-ending mistake in the playoffs, which sewered his reputation with many folks. So, if he commands a king's ransom at max-term, Treliving will face real trouble footing that bill.

All in all, the fact that Friedman says talks are quiet could be a positive sign. If they are deep in talks, they could be playing their cards close to their chest. However, if Weegar's camp is unwavering in their demands, the player could be headed to free agency in about 10 months.
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