Flames set for July 1st
CALGARY, AB -- With the NHL Draft over with, the Calgary Flames have shifted their focus to free agency and according to General Manager Jay Feaster, fans can expect the club to quite active once the market opens on July 1.
"We have our list finalized for July 1," he said on Monday. "We are going to be busy. We have what we believe are a number of holes and openings that we need to fill. We've identified the free agents that we want to go after."
The Flames are currently in the midst of contract talks with some of their pending UFA's and are "cautiously optimistic," they can get a deal done with Blake Comeau, an RFA who did not receive a qualifying offer on Monday from the club, before the end of the week.
"We'll see if we can get something done on some of them prior to July 1. If we do, we do and if we don't, we understand that too."
The Flames are also looking to fill those holes through trades. Feaster talked to several teams prior to and during the draft about potential deals and will continue to do so.
"I can tell you I left the draft and a half dozen teams we were talking to said, 'Hey, we're still interested in talking here even though the draft is over.'"
There are several rumors surrounding collegiate defenceman Justin Schultz and the teams that are reportedly interested in signing the blueliner. Feaster touched on the subject on Monday.
"He's a player our guys are very well aware of," he acknowledged. "I know that sometimes people get concerned that maybe we haven't thought of this or we don't know who that player is. Trust me, we obviously know who is out there.
"We're following this very, very closely as are a lot of teams. I can't say any more than that."
FLAMES PENDING UFA'S