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Breaking: Flames and Canucks kick off free agency with four signings

The first signings are pouring in and fans are NOT happy…

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According to a report from Sportsnet analyst and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Calgary Flames have agreed to terms with free agent forwards Derek Ryan and Austin Czarnik. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to terms with free agent forwards Jay Beagle and Antoinne Roussel.

Hearing Ryan deal is approx 3x3.125 and Czarnik 2x1.25 in CAL; word out of VAN is Beagle is 4x3 and Roussel 4x3.25

The 31 year old Ryan has played the past two seasons under Flames head coach Bill Peters with the Carolina Hurricanes and scored 15 goals and 38 points in 80 games last season. Czarnik, a 25 year old center who has come up through the Boston Bruins system, had 25 goals and 69 points with the AHL’s Providence Bruins in 2017-18. It’s expected that he’ll push for a full time NHL spot with the Flames in 2018-19.

As for the Canucks, general manager Jim Benning evidently has no problem paying big money to fourth line grinders. Beagle and Roussel will earn a combined $6.25 million against the salary cap for the next four seasons. Ouch.

Beagle, 32 years old, had seven goals and 22 points in 79 games with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in 2017-18. The longtime Caps forward was an extremely valuable player for the team in their run to claiming their first Stanley Cup in franchise history and was relied on heavily by former Caps head coach Barry Trotz.

Rouse, a 28 year old native of Roubaix, France, had five goals and 17 points in 73 games with the Dallas Stars last season. The fourth line pugilist is one of the most hated men in hockey and should provide the Canucks with some much needed grit and tenacity on their third and fourth line. Still… $6+ million for Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel… how do you fee about this, Canucks fans? Fan reaction on social media sites like Twitter have NOT been favorable and many Canucks fans are calling for Benning to resign from his position.

But just remember, things could always be worse… just look at the Loui Eriksson deal. Good deals?