The deal is reported to be a one-way deal that pays out $750,000 in the first year and $900,000 in the second. At this pay range, the structure benefits Ferland’s ability to negotiate a new deal, since he’ll still be a restricted free agent when this new deal expires.
In his rookie season last year, he played 26 games for the Flames, scoring two goals and three assists.
The 23-year-old forward has great potential to be an impact depth player for Calgary and this deal shows that the Flames think the potential is there as well. The pay isn’t huge, but that the Flames agreed to make it a one-way deal and have a $200,000 raise between seasons that he can use in their next negotiations shows a level of belief in Ferland’s abilities.
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