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Flames continue to work at Monahan, Gaudreau contracts

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

We'll continue to bang away at it. We've got to get to something that makes sense for them and for us. I have every confidence that we will.Brad Treliving

CALGARY, AB -- On Friday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving knocked one item off of his to-do list with the hiring of new head coach Glen Gulutzan.

With that out of the way, he's working at squaring away the other tasks ahead of him.

The 2016 NHL Draft is under a week away and Treliving and the amateur scouting staff are finalizing the organization's list of prospects heading into annual affair.

The team is also on the hunt for a goaltender, which requires looking into every possible avenue to ensure no stone is left unturned in the search for a starting netminder.

And he is working to lock up two of the team's most dynamic players.

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan's entry-level contracts are set to expire, making them restricted free agents this summer.

"We continue to work away at it," Treliving said on Friday. "As everybody knows, those are two top young players for us that need new contracts. Sometimes these take a little bit of time. This is not unusual, that we're sitting here at this time and they're not done.

"We'll continue to bang away at it. We've got to get to something that makes sense for them and for us.

"I have every confidence that we will."

In his second season in the NHL, Gaudreau led the Flames with 30 goals and 78 points in 79 games. That total ranked him sixth overall in the NHL scoring race in the 2015-16 campaign and brought his career point total up to 143 in 160 games.

After three seasons donning Flames silks, Monahan has amassed 80 goals and 159 points in 237 skates. He leads the 2013 NHL Draft class in scoring and has netted 20+ goals every year since entering the league in 2013-14.

The pair join the likes of goaltender Joni Ortio, defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon, and forwards Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris, Drew Shore, Turner Elson, Bryce Van Brabant, Bill Arnold, Kenny Agostino, and Freddie Hamilton in the Flames' RFA pool.

Calgary has three players entering unrestricted free agency this summer: goaltender Karri Ramo, defenceman Jakub Nakladal and forward Derek Grant.

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