Calgary Flames' 3 Worst Contracts of 2023-24

The Calgary Flames look like a very different team than the one that started the season and that involved making a number of big trades to alter their team. While players on expiring contracts were all moved, the tougher contracts to move remained. There are some solid contracts on the Flames, but some bad ones as well.

Jonathan Huberdeau

When you think of bad contracts around the NHL, Jonathan Huberdeau comes to mind. Between his final season in Florida to last season, his first with the Flames, the once elite winger had the largest drop-off in points from one season to the next in NHL history. While some thought he would bounce back, Huberdeau is on pace to finish with fewer goals and points than last season and currently only has nine goals and 43 points in 67 games while lining up on the third line. He has a cap hit of $10.5 million AAV for seven more years after this one.

Andrew Mangiapane

Andrew Mangiapane may not be able to recreate the very strong season he had in 2021-22 and it has just been a struggle to score goals the past two seasons. Scoring goals was the best thing he brought to the team that season, putting up 35. This season he has just 13 and is being paid $5.8 million AAV. Like many of the Flames, he has bounced around the lineup as well. I don't see him getting a higher salary next contract despite the cap going up by the time he needs a new deal. Mangiapane only has one more year left on his current contract though.

Andrei Kuzmenko

Andrei Kuzmenko noticeably dropped off from last season and some may have seen it coming. His shooting percentage was far too high to sustain and he found himself as a healthy scratch for a number of games this season on the Vancouver Canucks. He was the piece that had to come back to Calgary in the Elias Lindholm deal to make the money work. Even though he has five goals and eight points in 15 games with the Flames, Kuzmenko only has 13 goals and 29 points in 58 games at $5.5 million AAV after scoring 39 goals and 73 points last season.

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