CALGARY, AB -- With the 2013 Calgary Flames development camp coming to a close on Tuesday morning, General Manager Jay Feaster is now setting his sights on signing several players to contracts.
The most notable of players without a deal for the 2013-14 campaign is defenceman TJ Brodie. The 23 year-old restricted free agent, who was tendered a qualifying offer on July 2, is coming off a great season which saw him record 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 47 games and take a top-four role on the Flames blueline.
"That's the next thing on the agenda; we'll start to have conversations, see if we can advance TJ's situation," Feaster said on Tuesday. "The deadline for players to sign their qualifying offers is the 20th, this Saturday, at 5:00 EST. Just as I was saying that the deadline to file for salary arbitration tends to focus things, so does the deadline on the qualifying offers.
"We'll have conversations about him. I'm sure we'll talk to the agents for Cundari and Bouma and all of our restricted guys."
Roman Josi, who is also 23 and plays a similar style to Brodie's, was signed to a seven-year, $28 million deal by the Nashville Predators this year and while Feaster understands there will be some who want to see Brodie locked up long-term in a Josi-esque contract, that isn't the type of deal the two sides will be negotiating.
"There's not enough of a body of work," he explained. "His last season was really good and we're really happy. Having said that, now do it again. And do it again.
"He's one year away from having salary arbitration rights and so whether we do a one-year deal or two-year deal, it will be a bridge contract and then, again, assuming the progression continues, then we can step up and do a long-term deal."
RFA's who have received qualifying offers from the Flames but are not yet signed include Brodie, Carter Bancks, Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Greg Nemisz, Chris Breen, and Mark Cundari. Chris Butler and Mikael Backlund, who were RFA's, signed contracts with the club earlier this month.
Another player with a lot of buzz surrounding his contract situation is Sean Monahan, selected sixth overall by the Flames in the 2013 NHL Draft. The first five picks in the draft - Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Elias Lindholm - have all been inked to entry-level deals and Feaster hopes to add Monahan to that list in short order.
"We'll work on that this week. I had a conversation with his agent last week and we agreed we would talk at the end of development camp.
"When you look at it, the entry-level deals are typically not that difficult to get done. We'll get about that."