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Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane’s agent prefers a short-term contract

If you’ve followed this site or the Calgary Flames in general, you’re aware of two things: Andrew Mangiapane is a really good hockey player, and he’ll be needing a new contract when this season is over.

Over at Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Eric Francis had Mangiapane’s agent, Ritch Winter, on The Eric Francis Show on Monday afternoon and asked him very candidly about his approach to the next contract. Winter’s preference is a shorter deal that walks Mangiapane to unrestricted free agency.

Here’s Winter’s full answer to Francis’ query. (Our emphasis added):

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Well, I think more than anything if I was to sum it up in one word, I would suggest ‘patience.’ There’s an awful lot of variables going on around him. Like is Johnny staying? Is Chucky staying? What’s happening around you on the team? But more importantly, what other opportunities are there out there? You’re a year away from being an unrestricted free agent at 27 years of age, really in the heart of the best-producing years of your career.

My advice to him would be let’s do a short-term deal, by way of arbitration or negotiation, negotiation ideally, and then let’s wait and take a look at the landscape. Because as a young player you want to be the best you can be, you want to be challenged in Stanley cup type environments. These are the kinds of decisions Marian Hossa made around his trip to Detroit and then to Chicago.

My suggestion would be let’s do as good a deal, a reasonable deal, as we can with the Calgary Flames, and then you should simply wait and see what the options are. Because at 27 years of age, if he continues to play at the level he is, there’ll be a lot of them. And I think there’s nothing more valuable in a player’s career than his ability to look into free agency and see what the options are, and I’d highly recommend that he focus on that.

Mangiapane turns 26 in April, and a one year contract would walk him right to free agency in the summer of 2023. Over the past handful of seasons, he’s among the most productive even strength players not only on the Flames roster, but in the entire league.

On a short term deal, he probably gets something in the vicinity of $5 million. (Maybe slightly less than that, but not significantly less.) With the Flames in a cap crunch – and with negotiations likely pending with Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Oliver Kylington – it’ll be fascinating to see how Brad Treliving keeps all of his key players at fair contracts.

Listen to the full interview over at Sportsnet 960’s site, because it’s fascinating and Winter is really open and candid about a lot of different things in the world of hockey.

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