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.
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