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Mangiapane’s arbitration date set with Flames winger deserving raise

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After Treliving and the Flames gave Mangiapane a qualifying offer of $715,000, his party held out until training camp after reportedly asking for $850,000. However, the two sides struck an agreement before the team’s first preseason clash and it was all water under the bridge.

He inked a one-year, two-way pact for the original $715,000 and the rest was up to him.

After taking a significant step from the 2017-18 campaign to the 2018-19 season, he took another leap in a coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 campaign.

Last year, he scored eight goals and five assists and was a plus-11 in 44 games. He found himself on a hard-working fourth line at the end of the season and through five games of the Flames’ first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche.

By the end of the 2020 post-season, Mangiapane proved himself to be a bonafide NHL-er who is good enough to play second-line minutes with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund.

Calgary’s sixth round (166th overall) selection of the 2015 draft had two goals and three assists in 10 games of the post-season. He also finished the regular season by doubling his goal production (from eight to 17 markers) and going from five assists to 15. The 24-year-old left winger also skated in 68 games and spent the entire year with the big club.

Yes, Mangiapane does deserve a salary bump.

However, there are only so many dollars to go around and the Flames are running out of them after an expensive few days of free agency. According to capfriendly.com, they have a projected cap hit of around $75.7-million which gives them around $5.7-million in cap space.

Last week, the Flames presented qualifying offers to restricted free agents Glenn Gawdin, Oliver Kylington and Tyler Parsons. They have until Oct.18 to accept.

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