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Why haven’t the Flames signed Ryan Francis yet?

Way back in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames selected forward Ryan Francis in the fifth round. Since then, Francis has continued to be one of the more offensively productive players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

So why haven’t the Flames signed him to an entry-level deal yet?

There are a bunch of factors that weigh into the Flames’ decision to sign (or not) Francis, so let’s dive right in…

They’re up against the contract limit

Under the CBA, teams are limited to 50 active NHL contracts at any given time.