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Flames confident they'll sign Gaudreau, Monahan

Top-line forwards can become restricted free agents on July 1 @NHLdotcom

The Calgary Flames "have every confidence" they will reach agreement on new contracts with forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

Gaudreau and Monahan each can become a restricted free agent on July 1.

"We continue to work away at it," general manager Brad Treliving told the Flames website 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."

Gaudreau had 30 goals and 48 assists for 78 points that ranked sixth in the NHL this season. The 22-year-old has 55 goals and 88 assists (143 points) in 160 games during two full seasons plus one game in 2013-14.

Monahan has scored at least 20 goals in each of his three NHL seasons. The 21-year-old had 27 goals with 36 assists this season, and has 80 goals and 79 assists (159 points) in 237 NHL games.

Gaudreau, the 104th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, and Monahan, the sixth player taken in 2013, play together on the Flames' top line and power-play unit.

The Flames hired Glen Gulutzan as coach on Friday to replace Bob Hartley.

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