As a young team, the Flames have a lot of restricted free agents to take care of. First, they signed Mikael Backlund; then, Dougie Hamilton; then, a trade gave Max Reinhart a chance with a new team.
That list is a little smaller now, though, as two of the remaining 10 RFAs have accepted their qualifying offers. Bill Arnold - former Johnny Gaudreau college linemate, and potentialy great defensive centre - and Bryce Van Brabant - known more for his truculence than offence - are sticking with the Flames at great prices.
That leaves eight guys to go, including three players who filed for arbitration. Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, and Josh Jooris may be a bit more difficult to get under contract, but the remaining five should get done eventually, and with little problem.
#Flames Roster Updates: Jacob Markstrom has been placed on the Injured Reserve (retroactive Saturday, Feb. 20), Buddy Robinson and Zac Rinaldo have been activated to the roster from the taxi squad, and Oliver Kylington has been assigned to the taxi squad.