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View Poll Results: Thoughts on the James Neal signing?
Love It 383 48.73%
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default Flames sign James Neal (5 years, 5.75 AAV)

Bob tweeting earlier about it as well:

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The Real Deal in CAL is approximately $5.75M AAV over 5


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Old 07-02-2018, 06:25 AM   #2
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Wow!!!
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A year longer and $750k higher than I would have liked, but considering it’s a UFA signing, not too bad a all.
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Hamilton for lindholm, hanifin, and neal. Ya i like that
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:26 AM   #6
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That more than replaces Ferland's grit! Well done Tre.


Smitty and Neal are good buds, so that likely helped too.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:27 AM   #7
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Tkachuk - Bennett - Neal — we have to at least try it! Wow!!
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:29 AM   #8
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Length could be of concern but Neal is the kind of scorer with edge that bennett and tkachuk should learn from.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:34 AM   #9
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not a fan of the term at all, but it is what it is. Forward lineup looks a lot better than before the offseason, so I'm very happy. Flames should be able to roll 3 good scoring lines now and that should make a huge difference ... now if they could somehow get rid of Brouwer, it'd be even better.
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The wizard will not be denied this offseason.
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I suspect BT has some small trades pending to get rid of a couple guys now....or the Heat will have the largest payroll in the AHL.
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not a fan of the term at all, but it is what it is. Forward lineup looks a lot better than before the offseason, so I'm very happy. Flames should be able to roll 3 good scoring lines now and that should make a huge difference ... now if they could somehow get rid of Brouwer, it'd be even better.
He just has to go. Gotta play some youth/speed and talent in our bottom 6. The bottom 6 is gonna be too good for him now with Neal forcing some re-slotting.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:37 AM   #13
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This deal may not look great in the last 1-2 yrs of the contract but the salary cap will also be up by then and worst case we can buy him out. Our window is in the next 4 yrs anyways because of the expiring gaudreau contract. I think this deal absolutely needed to be made and gives us a great veteran who can play on the edge and score. This is exactly what we needed. Im extremely pleased!!
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UFA’s cost money, plain and simple. I think Neal will be a great fit. Super pumped with the current forward group.
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He will replicate what Hossa did about a decade ago... Three straight years in the Final and finally win the Cup the third time around.
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People were talking about Neal getting 6.5-7 and I bet he had those offers. He is choosing to come here for a lower AAV. That’s just awesome for this franchise. Pending it getting done, ####ing well done Brad.
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Good God! This guy better not Brouwer us or we’ll run him out of town on a rail! I’m surprised at this one.
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Gotta thank ownership . They must know that they wil be paying Brouwer to be 13th forward or in the ahl.
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This deal may not look great in the last 1-2 yrs of the contract but the salary cap will also be up by then and worst case we can buy him out. Our window is in the next 4 yrs anyways because of the expiring gaudreau contract. I think this deal absolutely needed to be made and gives us a great veteran who can play on the edge and score. This is exactly what we needed. Im extremely pleased!!
Salery cap should be North of 90 by the final 2 years. Deal wont be untradeable in the final 2 years.

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