NHL Rumors: Flames & Weegar In Contract Talks

Brad Treliving has done an incredible job reshaping the Calgary Flames this offseason when forced up against a wall. He already signed Jonathan Huberdeau to an eight-year contract extension starting in 2023-24 and is working on the other big piece of that trade, MacKenzie Weegar.

Both Huberdeau and Weegar stated they would be open to the idea of a long-term extension after they were traded to Calgary, but you had to take that with a grain of salt since most players want to make a good first impression on their new team and city. Huberdeau wasn't bluffing and saw a future where the Flames would be competitive and a good place to play for. Now Weegar appears to be following suit.

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that the Flames and Weegar have had good discussions involving a long-term contract extension. Long-term doesn't necessarily mean eight years, but the assumption is that Weegar would be looking to be locked up for as long as possible at an increased price. The 28-year-old makes just $3.25 million next season and has been an underrated and key piece to the Florida Panthers' success over the past couple of seasons, especially when Aaron Ekblad has been injured.

The Flames already have arguably the best defense core in the NHL, and locking a defenseman of Weegar's caliber up long-term will ensure it remains at the very top of the league.

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