Sunday, July 01, 2018

Derek Ryan Heads to Calgary

The Calgary Flames opened up their account on Sunday's free agent frenzy early, signing the 14th ranked UFA on the board to a deal.  Derek Ryan, formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes, signed a 3-year deal, believed to be worth $3.125 million per season, as per Elliotte Friedman on Twitter.

This deal would reunite Ryan with his head coach of last season, Bill Peters, who also left Carolina for Calgary in this off-season, amid the reshuffling being done by the new ownership group of the Hurricanes.

Last season, Ryan scored 15 goals and 38 points in 80 games for the Hurricanes, good enough for 155th among all forwards and 217th overall in pool scoring.  He is a little bit of a late bloomer, already 31 years old, but only really having been in the hockey pool eye since the 2017 season, when he finished with 29 points in 67 games.

According to that tweet from Elliotte, the Flames also added former Bruins forward Austin Czarnik to a 2-year, $2.5 million deal as well, adding him to the projected roster, for now, after 4 assists in 10 games last season.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Johnny Gaudreau 6.750 Mark Giordano 6.750 Mike Smith 5.667
Sean Monahan 6.375 TJ Brodie 4.650 Tyler Parsons 0.759
Mikael Backlund 5.350 Travis Hamonic 3.857
Troy Brouwer 4.500 Michael Stone 3.500
Michael Frolik 4.300 Dalton Prout 0.800
Derek Ryan 3.125 Rasmus Andersson 0.756
Sam Bennett 1.950 Oliver Kylington 0.731
Austin Czarnik 1.250
Curtis Lazar 0.950
Matthew Tkachuk 0.925
Spencer Foo 0.925
Dillon Dube 0.793
Ryan Lomberg 0.710
Andrew Mangiapane 0.705

It's all still very preliminary at this point in the summer, but the Flames do have a semi-rounded out roster right now, even without signing other former Hurricanes in Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to new deals, as they've gone RFA today as well.  I am currently showing that the roster above still has $12.5 million left against the salary cap ceiling, still plenty of room for those two key free agents, but the rest of their moves could be very limited after the fact.

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