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Flames Lock Up Andrew Mangiapane for Three Years

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Flames Lock Up Andrew Mangiapane for Three Years

The Calgary Flames have finally retained a young, talented forward.

After seeing all-world talent Johnny Gaudreau walk for didly squat two weeks ago, Flames management was then given the gut blow that Matthew Tkachuk would not be signing long-term to remain in Alberta either.

General manager Brad Treliving took care of business rather quickly on that front and sent Tkachuk packing to the Florida Panthers. He pulled in a heavy haul including that of a first round pick, the NHL’s 2021-22 regular season assists leader in Jonathan Huberdeau and a stellar defenceman in MacKenzie Weegar for Tkachuk’s services.

So that, right there, wasn’t all that bad of work from a man still reeling from the effects of Gaudreau’s choice to sign in Columbus at a cheaper rate than the contract he was offered from the Flames’ management.

But, this past week, Calgary managed to finally lock up a young, homegrown forward for the foreseeable future.

No, it wasn’t quite a contract in the seven or eight-year variety, but it was more than just one or two seasons.

The team agreed to terms with Andrew Mangiapane on a three-year, $17.4 million deal, beginning next year. After putting up career highs with 35 goals, 20 assists, 55 points, and 82 games played with the Flames last year, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward is ecstatic to remain in Calgary.

“It’s obviously great to hit those numbers,” Mangiapane said in an interview for the Flames’ official website. “Going into the season, I wanted to help the team win in whatever way possible. And as the season got going, I was getting some great looks, some really good scoring opportunities, and tried to make the most of it.

With the departure of two thirds of the team’s top-line, Mangiapane will look to work his way up the depth chart following what was a career year.

“I try not to think too far ahead, because so much can change between now and opening night… but yeah, it’s definitely something you think about,” he said in an interview for the Flames’ official website. “When two big names at forward both leave, there’s room for players to step up and that includes me. That includes some other players as well. There’s room there, there’s opportunity, and now it’s up to us to fill their spot and continue our own growth, too.”

Time will tell, but for Mangiapane, the future is bright, and that future likely includes a lot more goals, points, wins and pay days. Day of his next contract starts now.

“I think, now, I’m just coming into my own and am showing the world what I can do, and that I can be an everyday, impact player,” he said.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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