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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.



      • Raffydog

        I’m sorry, Bennett was actually my favorite Flame the last few years, but nothing sours me on a player more then holding out for more money. I know it’s the world we live in where athletes make more money than doctors, or Fireman, or any other profession where people actually make a difference in the world, and its disgusting, but whatever money is being offered him is more money than 99% of the worlds population will ever see in their lives. So quit your crying Bennett, and consider yourself lucky you get paid insane amounts of money to play a game

          • McRib

            Dreger is likely doing this for Sam’s agent as well to try and fast track the process. It gets the media talking, which puts some pressure on Treliving, not a bad thing. Johnnys agent did this last year and he signed shortly thereafter.

        • Skylardog

          For all we know Bennett may want a 1 year deal at $2.0 with a guarantee to play with certain linemates this season. May not be about money this year, but being given the full opportunity to play with guys that can support him, not bring him down. Tre may not want that scenario, as next year, he may be looking for $8.0 for 8 years if he kicks ass this season.

        • HOCKEY83

          Bennett was your favorite player the last few years??It’s only been 2…few implies more than that. By the way My sister-in law is a doctor in Texas and she makes 6 mil per year along with other assorted benefits included. I joke that she’s making NHL money. Why do you care so much what sports figures make? Bennett deserves to get the money he deserves as a professional sports figure as all the rest do.

        • Intercourse the Penguins

          Doctors and firemen are a dime a dozen.Extremely good hockey players are rare and every NHL player is just that. Gold is rare. Diamonds are rare.If I had diamonds embedded in the soles of my shoes I’d have really good traction on ice. I am glad we have people who can afford tickets to the games so I can watch on TV. Players get paid to risk their health and even their life. Yes, salaries are a matter of debate but we are in salary cap league and that means a smallish city like Calgary can ice a competitive team and management is as important as those who skate.

    • Atomic Clown

      We get that you don’t like him. Get whatever’s is up your anus out of it. Commenting the same thing three different times indicates either a grudge, or childish behavior

  • Raffydog

    Seriously, if Bennett is a good as he seems to think he is, then sign a one year deal and prove it. If he is so confident in his abilities, then he should have no problem putting up 70-80 points this year, then he can cash in. What’s closer to the truth is, he knows he sucks, so this is his only chance at a big payday, cause nobody will want to pay this loser for the crap he puts on the ice now

    • Newbietwo

      No one wants Duchenne.. he’s an under achiever case and point hell I I think he had less points than Bennett is much older and played more minutes including powerplay.. get off your x box!

      • Southboy

        I agree he is a bit of an underachiever, but he is an upgrade on Bennett. I want Bennet to stay, but if he sits out the year, would you rather have Duchene and a run at a cup, or Bennett? Considering the moves Tre has made to ‘load’ up over the last 18months. Also it would be crazy to think that as a good GM Tre hasnt atleast made that call to Sakic to see what it takes.

    • HOCKEY83

      The only way Duchene would be coming to Calgary is if they gave up Gaudreau and Hamilton plus a pick or prospect. have any of you not heard what Sakic has turned down and will not budge on. Bennett and Fox plus 2 mil in salary paid by Colorado…That’s no where close to what Sakic is looking for. That’s why they still have him.

  • buts

    Sometimes 4th or higher overall picks don’t pan out….see Edmonton for proof. Sam tho I love his grit and potential is not I believe a centerman. He just hasn’t shown playmaking abilities and centerman vision. His assist totals are low compared to goals. I have no problem with him on the wing and I believe he will be an excellent player one day….he’s not there yet. Sign, prove yourself and Sam will be making big coin soon.

    • shaner

      And sometimes they turn out to be the best player of a generation, and lead the league in scoring just barely out of there teens…….yup I will gladly talk about crap in yakupov and RNH (mileage may vary…but definitely not the best player in that draft)…..but Hall was and is a solid pick any team would love.

      But who cares we got mcdavid and your jealous. 😉

  • Intercourse the Penguins

    I trust the Tree to make the best deal for calgary flames.Negotiating takes patience and time. It is because of some bad contracts that the hard-wood Tree is playing hard ball.He will do what is best for the team.

  • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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

  • 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.