The Calgary Flames are hoping to sign defensemen Travis Hamonic and TJ Brodie but don't plan to pursue a contract for either pending unrestricted free agent while the NHL season is paused, general manager Brad Treliving said Thursday.
The season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. There is no timetable for when it might resume.
"I've talked with both their agents and said, 'Listen, we like both players, we want to see if there's a way to get something done,' but both of us agree there's so much uncertainty right now," Treliving said. "In all of us, we can't get wound up in the uncertainty. Things will happen. Things will work out. The things you can't control, there's no sense in burning any jet fuel on it because it's not going to make a difference.
"With that, what we've told them is that we like them and we're going to plan to get them back here as soon as we can restart the season, that's the priority, and then we'll deal with contracts whenever the offseason is and when we have all the information that we're going to have in terms of [the NHL salary] cap and those things."