Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has been one of the busiest people in the sports world this off-season, and it looks like that trend will likely continue into next week.
According to a report by TSN’s Salim Valji, Treliving and his fellow Flames executives are expected to engage next week in contract discussions with newly-acquired defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
Weegar, who is under contract through the end of the 2022-23 season, was one of the main pieces acquired by Calgary last month in the deal that sent Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers.
The 28-year-old right-handed defender reportedly has a “strong, genuine desire” to sign an extension with the Flames.
A source says Mackenzie Weegar has a “strong, genuine desire” to re-sign in Calgary…I believe both parties will engage next week in conversations about an extension for the Flames defenseman.
— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) August 5, 2022
Weegar’s current contract carries a $3.25 million annual cap hit. He’ll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Fellow ex-Panther Jonathan Huberdeau signed a massive eight-year contract extension with the Flames on Thursday evening, locking him down until 2031 at a $10.5 million cap hit. Huberdeau will take up $5.9 million of the Flames’ cap space in 2022–23 before vaulting into the eight figures from 2023 to 2031.
Weegar will likely also receive a handsome raise on his next deal, although he probably won’t command nearly as much as Huberdeau did. The 6’0″, 200-pound rearguard has received Norris Trophy votes in each of his last two seasons but has only reached the 20-point mark twice in his NHL career.
The Flames have never allocated more than $6.75 million per season to a defenseman (Mark Giordano, from 2016 to 2021). Exactly 25 NHL defensemen currently make at least $7 million per year, on average. Colton Parayko and Hampus Lindholm, two recently-signed Weegar comparables, will begin earning a $6.5 million average annual salary next season.
Rasmus Andersson ($4.5 million cap hit until 2026) is currently the only defenseman with NHL experience under contract with the Flames for more than the next two seasons.
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