What to know about the Calgary Flames’ contract negotiations
The Calgary Flames are on the brink of signing goalie Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, $5 million contract, and the Flames are negotiating the terms of the deal in order to finalize the deal as soon as possible, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
The Flames, in their last season in the National Hockey League, finished with the fifth-worst record in the NHL and lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs.
“I think Niklas is a top-line player, a veteran who can play in a couple different positions,” general manager Brad Treliving said.
“He’s a guy that I think has a good future with the Flames, and we’re just trying to get him on the same page and we hope to do that soon.”
With the deadline coming up on Friday, the Flames have been trying to reach a deal for Svedzberg, who has been struggling with injuries.
His agent, Peter Stoykevich, told the Calgary Sun on Wednesday that he was in “the final stages of negotiations” with the club.
“It’s been frustrating, and there’s been some negotiations,” Stoykes said.
Svedgberg is one of the Flames’ best goaltenders, having won two Stanley Cups with the team in 2010 and 2012.
However, the 30-year-old has struggled since taking over as the starting goaltender for the Flames in 2015.
“Niklas has done a great job in the past, and I’m really happy that he’s back with us,” Trelive said on Wednesday.
He’s a great guy. “
But he’s a big part of our team.
He’s a great guy.
I hope he’s happy in Calgary.”
The Flames have had discussions with the Columbus Blue Jackets about acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller, and Trelives said he is confident the club will land Miller.
“We’ll find out if they can do that or not, but we’re going to do everything we can to help them get there,” Tseems said.
Miller is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“For us, that’s what’s important,” Terese said.