After Breakout Season, Sharangovich May Not Stay With Flames Past Contract

One of the bright spots this season was Yegor Sharangovich as he had himself a breakout year. The versatile forward finished first on the Calgary Flames in goals (31) and second on the team in points (59).

Instead of rebuilding, the goal of the Flames seems to be retooling, and the acquisition and performance from Sharangovich definitely provides hope that the team can turn around on this path. While he had a good amount of playing time and had a strong season, his future remains unclear.

Sharangovich was asked if he sees himself staying in Calgary beyond next season (the final year of his current deal). The 25-year-old said, "I think it's a hard question. I don't know. We'll see." He is a UFA at the end of next season, so he is free to talk to any team in a year. Sharangovich is also eligible for an extension this offseason.

It's not as hard of a question as he made it seem. He could have easily said he does see himself staying in Calgary if he had even considered that a possibility or wanted that. The way Sharangovich answered shows that he might want to explore free agency next summer and an extension isn't going to get done this offseason, even if the sides engage in conversation. It might have to be a good deal, but then again, the Flames have only seen one season of success.

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