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Now, it’s just about playing a waiting game until the 2020-21 season gets going. The NHL is aiming for a Jan. 1 start to the upcoming campaign, but it is, predictably, killing Mangiapane not to be on the ice right now.

“It’s definitely a little bit of a weird situation we’re in right now,” he said with a chuckle. “You can’t do anything, really, about it. I just have to be working out and training hard and preparing myself for the start of the season whenever it comes.”

Andrew Mangiapane celebrates his goal with teammate Mikael Backlund against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 01, 2020 in Edmonton. Photo by Jeff Vinnick /Getty Images

WHAT’S LEFT?

Even at the National Hockey League level, there is only so much money to go around.

After signing Andrew Mangiapane on Friday, the Calgary Flames’ payroll is around $77.5-million with a little under $4-million in wiggle room before hitting the upper salary cap limit of $81.5-milion. With all but one restricted free agent inked after this week (the Flames have a qualifying offer out to defenceman Oliver Kylington), the Flames are close to finishing retooling their roster for the 2020-21 campaign.

With their goaltending needs shored up between their recent free agent signing of Jacob Markstrom (who is presumably set to be the Flames’ starter) and Louis Domingue (who will likely push David Rittich for the back-up role) along with the signing of right-shot defenceman Chris Tanev, there still could be a need for another reasonably priced sixth or seventh defenceman.

Of course, there is always a need for a right-shot winger.

It all depends on how satisfied Treliving and his staff are with the off-season improvements made to their team and its’ complexion for the upcoming campaign.

“We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve our team,” Treliving said. “We’re going to continue to look at different options and ideas. We’re not done yet. I don’t know what the next (step is). I have an idea of what we’re trying to do. We’ll see if we get there. But we’re going to keep plugging away at it here.”

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