Johnny Gaudreau announced on twitter that he has resigned with the Calgary Flames. Shortly after Gaudreau's announcement the Flames announced it is a six year extension.
As snow continues to fall in parts of Alberta, Flames fans quickly got fired up with the news that Gaudreau had signed. After headlines in local papers stating Johnny wanted $8.5 million per season, we all wondered what the price tag would be.
The six year extension (buying one year of Gaudreau's UFA years) will cost the Flames $40,500,000.00, for an average cap hit of $6.75M. Captain Giordano has the same cap hit. Many laughed when the rumor was the Flames did not want to exceed Gio's cap hit. Well they didn't.
Many fans are congratulating Brad Treliving and crew for getting a very financially favorable deal for the club. And so they should. However, this clearly shows Gaudreau wants to stay in Calgary and just wants to play hockey. I tip my cap to Gaudreau. In a year or two this could be one of the premier value deals in the league if Gaudreau continues to develop like we anticipate.
Coming off a 78 point season...what will Johnny do next?