The Calgary Flames have re-signed another of their restricted free agents. The club announced on Tuesday night that they’ve re-upped Andrew Mangiapane to a three year deal worth $5.8 million per season.
WE LOAF TO SEE IT! 🍞
The #Flames have re-signed Andrew Mangiapane to a three-year deal!
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 3, 2022
Mangiapane, 26, was one year away from unrestricted free agency, and this deal buys two free agent years as a result. He was slated to have an arbitration hearing on Friday, but that won’t be needed now.
Originally a sixth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft (in his second year of eligibility), Mangiapane broke onto the team full-time midway through the 2018-19 season, carving out a niche for himself as part of an excellent fourth line alongside Derek Ryan and Garnet Hathaway. In the three seasons that followed he forced his way into the club’s top six mix, and he spent most of 2021-22 with Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman on an excellent shutdown line.
Despite not getting first-unit power play time and playing on Backlund’s flank against some of the best players in the league, Mangiapane managed to score a lot of goals. He had a career-high 35 goals last season and with both Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk playing elsewhere, Mangiapane seems likely to benefit from their absence in terms of more advantageous special teams and even strength time.
If Mangiapane doesn’t get any better than he is right now, $5.8 million per season is still a really good value for him. If he manages to take another step, he could be an absolute steal at that price.
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