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Engelland gets three-year $8.7 million contract from Flames

Jul 1, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames have added some more toughness, signing defenseman/forward Deryk Engelland to a three-year, $8.7 million contract.

Yep, that’s right — Engelland — a guy coming off a three-year, $1.7 million contract — will carry a $2.9 million cap hit for the next three years. The 32-year-old was apparently a hot commodity after scoring six goals and six assists for the Penguins in 56 games last season.

Of course, Engelland wasn’t signed for his scoring. The Flames haven’t been shy about their desire to get bigger and tougher, and new general manager Brad Treliving, along with president of hockey ops Brian Burke, are backing up their words with actions.

Remember that Calgary also added Brandon Bollig from Chicago at the draft, and the Flames already had Brian McGrattan under contract for next season.

Granted, UFA Kevin Westgarth probably won’t be back.

  1. roblo76 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    The price of #5-6 defenseman sure has gone up. Thanks, Oilers.

    • Tyler - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Here are some people making less per year than Engelland… just let that sink in..

      Hainsey, Ron
      Gilbert, Tom
      Greene, Matt
      Elliott, Brian
      Timonen, Kimmo
      Gustavsson, Jonas
      Weaver, Mike
      Stalock, Alex
      McCormick, Cody
      Havlat, Martin
      Moore, Dominic
      Glass, Tanner
      MacKenzie, Derek
      Johnson, Chad
      Thornton, Shawn
      Thorburn, Chris
      Brown, Mike
      Montoya, Al
      Greiss, Thomas
      Peters, Justin
      Lindback, Anders
      Winchester, Jesse
      Malhotra, Manny
      Schultz, Jeff

      • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        So he makes more than those scrubs on your list,what is your point?

  2. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Well….um. There ya go.

  3. jaybaileys - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    This has to be a misprint.

  4. killerpgh - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Holly Sh!t. I has always really like Engelland. He is the perfect 6th d-man, imo. One of the top 5 fighters in the league. Not a turnstile while on the ice. But 2.9 million OVER 3 years is were his contract should be. Not 2.9 million a year FOR 3 years.

  5. spezzdispenser - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    hilarious!! Mactavish help them negotiate that one??

  6. futuisflyers - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Wow. I don’t even…I can’t even…hahahaha Good for him.

    • bencia823 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      did you just

  7. dkphilly1122 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Engelland getting 8.7 mill for 3 years…….You can tell teams are desperate!!!! Taking nothing away from Him, but almost doubling his salary from last year for him is insane. More power to his agent!!!!

  8. dumbassgreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    seriously. I thought whoever signed stralman would win worse contract of day. this one and pouliot contract make the stralman seem not that bad. Albertans really do spend money foolishly. after all how with all the money from oil. they are overbudget crazy

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      The Flames were bout $5 million under the cap floor before this contract, I’m not a big fan of the contract but I’m guessing that’s why they didn’t care about the price attached to it. This contract is bad but it’s nowhere near as bad as the contract for Pouliot.

  9. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    how did this Bum get this deal

  10. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    That’s a lot of money to pay for truculency.

  11. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    they have to hit the cap floor don’t they?…that’s a good way to do it. good for engelland, sweet deal and close to home, cant beat that with a stick.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      I’d have thought they could get him on a one year deal if they were going to give him that much, though. He’s sputtering quite a bit.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Just spitballing, but realistically the Flames won’t be trying to get to the cap floor going forward, as they start winning they’ll be rewarding their young players (with contracts they’ve actually earned unlike the Oilers and the Nooooog) and they’ll be adding more expensive parts in trades and free agency. This contract is one they can flip next year or the year after to a team that’s looking to get to the floor at that point. At least as a Flames fan that’s what I’m hoping.

  12. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I’m not a big fan of this contract, I thought Wotherspoon would have been a better option as the 6th defenseman. But they were still $5 million shy of the cap floor so I guess that is the reason they decided to give this deal out.

  13. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Is this an NHL team or an LNAH team?

  14. flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Can we trade them Rose hill or Rinaldo? I mean they gave up a 3rd for bollig

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      No, those scarlet letters (herpes sores?) are ones you get to continue to enjoy thanks to the genius that is Holmgren. I remember back in April having a Flyers fan tell me that Holmgren was the best GM in the NHL and that it wasn’t his responsibility for the Flyers to win cups….that was possibly the best Flyers tinted glasses I’ve ever seen!

      Now if you want to also send along a top prospect then the Flames would be willing to talk.

      • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Judging by this contract, giving a 3rd rd pick for bollig, trading for westgarth and mcdermind last year all while having the HW king goon on your roster already in mcgrattan would say otherwise

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Look at the size of the Flames overall roster, they’re a pretty small team, they keep bringing in bigger guys to add some size. Roughly just going through their possible roster:

      Hudler-Monohan-Baertschi (I’m hopeful and bullish on Sven)
      Gaudreau-Bennett-Raymond (if they keep Bennett in the NHL)
      Bollig-Stajan-McGratten Extra forwards: Bouma and Colbourne

      Smid-Engelland Extra D: Wotherspoon

      Of this list none of the top 9 forwards are what would be considered physically big guys. On D they’re fairly small, Smid plays physical as does Engelland and Wotherspoon.

      Trading for bigger players is to add some size because the roster isn’t a big one.

  15. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Flames are a joke. Goonin’ it up and sucking at hockey, that’s the new look in Calgary. What an absurd signing. Meanwhile the wild signed vanek for less than this hack.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      What? Vanek signed for $6.5 million a year. Also the Flames are loaded with prospects, drafted the player ranked 1st NA by central scouting, signed the Hobey Baker award winner who didn’t even have anyone in his stratosphere last year, yep the Flames are on the way down.

      You’d think a Wild fan would be able to recognize a team loading up with young talent since that’s what the Wild did for about a decade.

  16. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    He better thank Bylsma & Shero.

  17. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Hah! Got some bad info somewhere along the line (couldn’t have been my mistake), figured I’d pass it along and disparage your favorite team at the same time. [smh]
    I’m going back to bed

  18. 2qswing - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Lets see here … 2.9 mil divided by 56 games or so at 7 minutes per game, ave 4 min in the box per, throw in a few healthy scratches…uh somebody help me out here

  19. luz56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Flames fan here…. Wow contracts continue to skyrocket as owners spend money like drunken sailors at 2am…blame it whom ever but bottom line is wages are no getting out if control as seen today

  20. kane987245 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    What is his agents name? I’ll get myself a 4 mil contract for 2 years being green as hell with his skills!!

  21. lepulcher - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    His agent will get many new clients in the coming weeks!

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