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Report: Flames and Sam Bennett are not close on a deal

There’s a bit of news regarding the Calgary Flames’ negotiations with restricted free agent forward Sam Bennett… and it’s not great. According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the two sides are not close on a deal right now.

Bennett is in a unique position in two ways. First, he’s coming out of his entry level deal with two full seasons in the National Hockey League and zero time spent in the minors. Second, he’s only got two years of NHL experience and if you look at some of his comparable players in terms of experience, age and production the comparisons are close but they’re not perfect.

And the comparisons, money-wise, aren’t amazing for Bennett from a negotiation standpoint.

The Bennett side probably began the summer hoping for a number close to three million, but deals like Faksa and Brown (over three years) and Andrighetto and Duclair (over shorter terms) have probably dragged the “market” down over the past couple months.

Main camp opens in roughly 10 days, so there’s still time to get a deal done without Bennett missing time. But the clock, as the saying goes, is ticking.

  • The GREAT WW

    I would be surprised if the Bennett camp let’s Sam miss any time time in camp this year.

    With Lazar and Jankowski both pushing for the 3C spot, he could not have picked a worse time to get into this pissing match with BT….


  • Newbietwo

    While I agree that Bennett should have been utilized better last year and primarily by at least playing on the power play instead of ridiculous Brouwer.. I ask you now Bennett do not let me lose faith in your commitment to this team and your teammates.. and Tre give the kid 2.85 mill and call it a damn day.. we don’t want nor need Jagr or anyone like that thank you

  • Off the wall

    Chia hands out money like its growing on trees. Tre hands out money, like it’s an investment.

    I hope they get this worked out.
    I want to see Bennett in Flames silks..

    • Derian Hatcher

      I get it that you dislike the Oilers…but they have their two best skaters locked up for 8 and 9 years. Whether that costs them in the future is unknown and up for debate. For the BOA, I hope Bennet signs.

    • Mr. J

      @Off the wall

      Derek Wills interviewed jack
      Michaels on am 960 the other day. The main point i took away from that interview. Keep in mind it was your Calgary guy who said this!!!!

      “Jack, over the summer Peter Chiarelli locked up 2 of the oilers best…. Let me re phrase that.. 2 of thee best centre men in the NHL. Yes it was lots of money. But don’t you think in 2-3 years those deals will be absolute bargains? Cause i sure do.”

      So ya see even a good hockey mind like Derek Wills in understands that 8.5 mill in 2-3 years will be a steal for a guy who had 93 points in reg season and playoffs. So don’t blame the oilers gm for Bennett (who was drafted 1 spot behind drai) not signing. Bennett has been a bust to this point and that is not Chiarellis doing.

  • The Fall

    BS move by the agent: running to the press first day back after summer. Sam’s agent is inexperienced: there is a need on the agency side to make this contract a selling feature to their other prospective athletes.

    Bennett may be caught in the middle here. There is no way he is going ‘overseas’. The agent just blinked.

  • Emir

    Personally I think Sam still has to prove his with in the league. Didn’t have the best line mates at times but also needs to do more for himself. He should sign the bridge and get back on track.

    If he misses training camp I’d trade him simply because his year will be hampered slow start and lower his value. Plus I think it looks bad when he hasn’t accomplished much and is expecting bigger pay dollars. This team is starting to enter its window do you want to win or do you just want a cheque. Sam is really really good but if he isn’t signed by training camp he can pound sand.

    I’d also like to know how a year in Europe is going to boost his value.

    • TheoForever

      You cannot get full value for him, it would be like trading for pennies on the dollar. Gio left for Russia and returned.
      Tre said today that he expects to sign Bennett.

  • Rockmorton65

    Benny, dude, you’re playing with fire. Monahan, Backlund, Stajan, Janko, Lazar pushing for centre jobs. I’m worried that when the music stops, you might be the one without a chair.

    • Raffydog

      Screw Bennett, he can beat it for all I care now, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out you little pipsqueak. Maybe spend the year trying to master doing a pull-up, before you start demanding superstar money. #Loser

      • Rockmorton65

        Easy there, sparky. Nobody knows the details. Who says he’s “demanding” anything? Could be money, term or he could have concerns about his usage. Don’t just assume he’s being greedy.

        And the “pull-up” shot? Lame. It was three years ago & he had a bum shoulder. Get over it.

      • Newbietwo

        What the hell are you so emotional about?

        First of all if Bennett played as the 2nd line LW and not Chucky last year he’d have a 40 point plus season.. instead we was stuck on 3rd line shut down centre role with stupid Brouwer and damn penalty kill yet he was great during play offs.. it doesn’t help that we have Stajan making over $3 million nor Brouwer over $4 million..

        Bennetts agent probably pointed out that fact..

        He’s a top five pick and a solid player who was never put in the right situation to be offensive minded however I do not say that was bad for his development..

        That’s what makes the NHL and these high salaries so damn stupid because it’s so damn circumstantial it’s not even funny..

        Example.. if Bennett was placed on first unit powerplay no doubt he would have hit 40 points last year

      • supra steve

        You say you’re not an fan. Might I suggest that you go ahead and give it a try. You’ve already got a good start, what with your hate of all things Flames.

  • Kevin R

    I hope some common sense prevails from both sides. I look at Brouwer & Stajan contracts, & not sure why Tre would be grinding Bennett if all he wants is a deal closer to 3.0 mill per for 2 or 3 years. Personally, the kid will be worth at least that this upcoming year. I would be all for a 6 year deal at close to 4.0mill. Why not, it would be a steal in 2 years. If you don’t think he’s worth that in today’s NHL, then I suggest package him up trade him & try to get Pastranak or another high end RW. Bennett needs to give Drouin a call & ask him if sitting out worked well for him. Because I cant help but think his opportunity on the Flames maybe only as high as 3rd line C based on Flames needing to pay Backlund 2nd line money coming soon. Which isn’t going to get him the payday he is going to want on his 3rd contract. Personally, maybe the compromise is a 1 year deal at 2.75 mill. Then, we know what is going to happen with Backlund & we will have some very good intel on Janko & Lazar that will give us a better idea where Bennett is going to fit in our lineup. I love the game of this kid & want the 6 year deal I previously mentioned. I know many will say he hasn’t earned it yet, but I think he will & these long term contracts are a risk for every GM, get as much upside as you can for as many prime years as you can.