The newest member of the Calgary Flames, Yegor Sharangovich—who was acquired in yesterday’s draft eve trade with the New Jersey Devils—has now officially signed his deal with the team.
Traded as a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights, the Flames technically traded for Sharangovic’s signing rights as he was in need of a new contract. It took the team and general manager Craig Conroy very little time to get to work on a new contract as it was announced Wednesday morning that a deal was done by his agent:
Sharangovich’s new contract with Calgary
The new contract is a two-year deal, worth an AAV of $3.1M per season. This deal is both a slight raise from his previous contract as well as the perfect length for the player to walk him right into unrestricted free agency.
The Flames are probably looking at this from a few different perspectives. One is that the deal isn’t going to break the bank for them, and is less than Tyler Toffoli’s contract was for next year. Two is that they are giving a younger player with upside the opportunity to bet on himself for the next two years before making any long-term decisions.
At $3.1M, even if things don’t work out down the road it would be an extremely easy contract to trade at the 2024–25 trade deadline if the team isn’t looking to keep him long-term.
The instant verdict on trading for Sharangovich
That being said, it gives Sharangovich a very comfortable position to step into a role on the Flames team and do what he can to prove himself. Best case scenario is that it works and the team can work on a longer term contract, worst case is that it doesn’t. If it’s worst case, the Flames have protected themselves from a long-term anchor contract.
Also, it’s clear his new teammates are excited that the deal is done:
Welcome to Calgary, Yegor!