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The Calgary Flames signed restricted free-agent defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year extension with an average annual value of $4.95 million, the team announced on Thursday.

The 21-year-old blue-liner was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes this summer along with Elias Lindholm in exchange for Dougie HamiltonMicheal Ferland, and Adam Fox.

Lindholm, who was also an RFA at the time of the trade, later agreed to a six-year deal with the Flames averaging $4.85 million annually.

Hanifin, the fifth overall pick in 2015, recorded career highs in goals (10) and points (32) last season.

The Flames now have much of their core, including Hanifin, Lindholm, Mark GiordanoJohnny GaudreauSean MonahanJames Neal, and Mikael Backlund, locked up through at least the 2021-22 season, with no player on the roster making over $6.75M per year.

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Following wrist, groin, and two hernia surgeries this offseason, Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan is feeling good as the NHL season inches closer.

“I feel like a new man right now,” Monahan told Aaron Vickers of NHL.com. “I’m more flexible, more mobile, meaner and stronger, so I think it’s a good feeling to be healthy.”

With the Flames out of the playoff picture late last season, Monahan was shut down after 74 games to get an early start on his recovery. Despite limited appearances, the 23-year-old matched his career best with 31 goals and set a new personal points benchmark in 2017-18.

Monahan’s health will be paramount to the new-look Flames as they seek a return to the postseason in 2018-19. Over the offseason, Calgary brought in Bill Peters as its new head coach, orchestrated a blockbuster that sent out Dougie Hamilton for Noah Hanifin, and signed perennial 20-goal sniper James Neal, who could find his way onto Monahan’s line alongside Johnny Gaudreau.

The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Elias Lindholm to a six-year contract worth $4.85 million annually, the team announced Monday.

Lindholm and Noah Hanifin were acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes following last month’s NHL draft in a blockbuster trade that sent Dougie HamiltonMicheal Ferland, and Adam Fox the other way.

The 23-year-old Lindholm was chosen fifth overall by the Hurricanes in 2013, but his development has taken slightly longer than expected. He’s played in five NHL seasons, and compiled 16 goals and 44 points during 2017-18, both one shy of his career highs.

The Swede is capable of playing both center and on the wing, so head coach Bill Peters (who coached Lindholm in Carolina) can use him in a variety of ways. However, a spot alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau on Calgary’s top line could be the quickest formula for Lindholm to find his untapped potential.

The Calgary Flames will host a press conference on July 30 when former captain Jarome Iginla will retire from the NHL, the team announced on Wednesday.

“In a sense, I grew up there,” Iginla told George Johnson of calgaryflames.com. “I started playing for the Flames at 19 but even in minor hockey I remember traveling to Calgary for tournaments, from St. Albert, and I imagined playing in the Saddledome.

“It’s been a fun adventure, for my family and I. Some great cities, great people. To be back in Alberta, though, will feel like home.”

The 41-year-old was drafted 11th overall in 1995 by the Dallas Stars. But then he was traded to the Flames in a deal that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to Texas before Iginla ever stepped on the ice for the Stars.

Iginla went on to play 16 seasons with the Flames, finishing his time in Calgary as the franchise’s leader in games (1,219), goals (525), points (1,095), power-play goals (161), game-winning goals (83), and more.

The two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner spent the final six seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh PenguinsBoston BruinsColorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings.

Iginla finishes his career ranked 15th all-time in goals with 625, and he sits 34th on the all-time points list with 1,300.

The Calgary Flames have added James Neal on a five-year contract worth $28.75 million, the club announced Monday.

Neal was one of the biggest names on the free-agent market, but the forward didn’t reach an agreement in the first day of the signing period.

After three seasons with the Nashville Predators, he was chosen by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft and went on to record 25 goals and 19 assists in 71 games. The 30-year-old is one of the top snipers in the league, having eclipsed the 20-goal plateau in each of his 10 NHL seasons.

Neal’s the latest signing in a busy offseason for Flames general manager Brad Treliving. The club brought in Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm in a trade for defenseman Dougie Hamilton, and bolstered its offensive options by signing Derek Ryan and Austin Czarnik on Sunday.

It’s time to get back to the negotiating table.

On Monday, the City of Calgary voted in favor of forming a committee that hopes to reignite discussions with the Flames regarding the construction of a new arena.

“We’ve sent a strong signal today that says we have a strong contingent on council that wants to have a conversation,” Calgary councillor Jeff Davison told Meghan Potkins of the Calgary Herald.

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi was among the City representatives who voted to begin negotiating again.

“I’m hopeful that the restart on our side will also be a restart on their side and that we can actually have a reasonable conversation without threats and acrimony, but actually sit down and look at what is possible,” Nenshi said.

Negotiations fell apart in September, but not before both the City and the Flames released their proposals for public consumption.

The Flames have played out of the Scotiabank Saddledome since 1983, an arena NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has referred to as a “grand old building” that has become antiquated by league standards, according to Dave Dormer of CBC Sports.

“At some point, I envision without a new building there will be consequences that everybody is going to have to deal with,” Bettman said in September.

The Flames haven’t directly threatened relocation, with the franchise stating it will remain in its current home for as long as possible. However, Flames president Ken King has also indicated there would be no threat of relocation, and that the team would simply leave.

Brian Burke is leaving the Calgary Flames.

The longtime hockey executive and current Flames president of hockey operations will be “stepping back” from the organization effective May 1, the club revealed Friday.

It was a mutual decision between Burke and Ken King, the Flames CEO said in a statement, adding that they had discussed a four- to five-year timeline for Burke’s role when he joined the team’s front office in September 2013.

Burke is joining Sportsnet as an analyst for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the network announced.

Going forward, Calgary’s hockey brain trust will consist of general manager Brad Treliving, vice president of hockey ops Don Maloney, and assistant GMs Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall.

Burke landed with the Flames after working as GM of the Vancouver Canucksand the Anaheim Ducks, and later president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He also previously served as the NHL’s director of hockey operations, as well as GM of the Hartford Whalers.