The Calgary Flames have some work to do this summer, though there is more for Jay Feaster to work with on this roster than many people realize. There are a couple of free agents to worry about and some kids that could make an impact soon, on top of what free agents Feaster chooses to overpay.
But the priority this summer, before the Flames can look at anything else, are those free agents. The Flames have a few players, mainly of the restricted variety, that they need to lock up with new contracts before they can really pursue other players this summer. One of those free agents is T.J. Brodie.
Brodie had something of a breakout season for the Flames, though that was overshadowed by their failures overall. He established himself as a building block for this team on the blue line, up-and-coming as one of the better puck moving defensemen around the league.
The 2013 saw Brodie finish with 14 points, including a pair of goals. That total ties his career high, which he posted in 54 games in 2011-2012, his first real action in the NHL. He tied his production on the power play, with six points, all coming via assists, and finished with 74 blocked shots, nearly double his career high from the previous season.
Brodie’s puck-moving skills are a hot commodity around the league. He may not be a future superstar, but has proven that he can log heavy minutes and play on the top pairing. Which means that he’s due for a nice raise from the Flames this summer. So what will it cost?
The Flames likely aren’t going to hand Brodie a long-term contract after two incomplete seasons. He played 54 games and in 47 of 48 games during this shortened season. They’ll likely sign him to a two or three-year deal and re-evaluate at that point. As far as dollars, don’t expect anything outlandish. He’ll see a healthy raise from the six figures he’s making on his entry-level deal, but not much more.
Regardless, Brodie is an important part of this organization moving forward. Expect the Flames to treat him as such and get the deal done quickly this summer.